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This is a well written novel, and Carkeet is a gifted novelist, but the basic idea of the book - what if all the main players on a contending big-league team were deeply depressed? - fell flat for me, and having known many big-leaguers myself, as a newspaper sportswriter and baseball author, these did not feel like people I knew.
An engaging comic novel about the starting 9 of a baseball team who are all suffering from what appears to be clinical depression. The book is ostensibly about this ballclub that keeps winning despite the misery of its constituent parts, but the real meat of the work is how each individual's depression manifests and the broad range of reactions/approaches each takes to combat it. The baseball parts -- especially descriptions of the machinations of a straight-up evil second baseman -- are amusing ...more
Jan 17, 2016 Rodger A. Payne rated it liked it · review of another edition
This novel's title is a pun. The successful baseball team chronicled in the book is filled with players who face some serious personal issues. Most notably, many of the teammates seem clinically depressed, though that phrase is not used by Carkeet. Given that the book was copyrighted in 1980, it was obviously written at a time when clubhouses were suddenly exposed to the outside world. Jim Bouton described some of the crazy antics and odd personalities of his teammates; this book takes that idea ...more
If all the regulars on a baseball team are depressed, can the team win games? This unnamed National League team will soon find out. Much of this book is extremely funny, yet poignant, as the eight regulars, plus the team's best pitcher, face their various demons, while the manager and fans remain oblivious. It's a comic novel that's a heartbreaker. You have to read it! ...more