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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  29 reviews
They were all stars in their hometowns. Then they were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they'd be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional baseball. Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they're ...more
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Published October 2017 by Spring Training Media
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Cynthia Austin
Aug 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I dream of different shades of green—emerald, jade, lime, pea green, sea foam, etc.—and put them together to envision the luxurious grasses in different baseball fields.”

Empty Seats follows a group of boys in the early 1970's who are playing AA division baseball with hopes of making it into the major leagues.

You don’t have to enjoy sports to fall in love with this book. While the theme is baseball, the depth of the story focused more on the life of these young boys, and how one man’s passion
This novel focuses on three players, all of them pitchers, drafted by the Montreal Expos to play Single- A ball in Jamestown, NY. What happens to them off the diamond, in the off- season is the primary concern of this novel. Bobby, an angry kid from Yonkers, with no fallback ideas, has his world turned upside down. Bud, a guy everybody likes from Athens, GA, goes to Vanderbilt. Jimmy, whose father has coached him since he was a baby, because his Dad had a career in the Minors, but his wife made ...more
The Mysterious Reader
Jun 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wanda Adams Fischer is a new author for me, but I’m a sucker for a good sports story so I figured I’d try out her novel Empty Seats. I’m glad I did and, based on this book, I’m promising myself that we will become well acquainted. This novel truly is, quite simply, wonderful. It has a truly genuine feeling of what minor league baseball must be like and does a wonderful job of presenting g a c developing its characters. The tale was well written and with a great plot. It had just what I wanted.

Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, and I am glad that I did! I really enjoyed reading it. It is a story about three young men who were baseball stars at their respective high schools who met one summer while playing in the minor leagues. After that season, the young men's lives take off in different directions. The story and its characters were very engaging and realistic. The author's knowledge of baseball shone through the writing. I loved the way that she was able to make me feel ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first saw this book, I was so drawn to it. I am a lifelong baseball fan, something passed on thru my family generations. And the fact that this is also a coming of age book, set in 1972, well – that was the year I graduated from high school, so that's something I could really identify with. I knew I had to read it.
Right away I felt like I was whisked back in time, that the author had reached in and pulled out my own memories, and set them down on paper. There is so much accuracy of
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Empty Seats by [Adams Fischer, Wanda]Empty Seats follows the story of three men and their dream to making it to the major leagues in baseball. On their way they discover how life can help or hinder their dreams.

I love baseball. This story took me into the game from a side that I only had a small amount of knowledge. It is written by someone who loves the game and wants to share her love with others.

This excellent book receives high praise from me and I recommend it to anyone who has a love of
Allen Madding
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love baseball, you'll love this book

A great work of baseball fiction. I struggled to put it down, because every chapter left me wanting to know what happened next.
Steve Lindahl
Nov 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
The ending of Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer is so different from the beginning, it almost reads like a separate book. The novel starts out as a story about baseball. Here's a quote from Jimmy Bailey's first chance to pitch for the Jamestown Falcons, a single A team in the Montreal Expos system. He's a relief pitcher, showing his coaches what he's got in a scrimmage with Geneva, another single A team.

Russ calls for a fastball. I lean down, coddle the ball, rock back on the pitching rubber,
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Empty Seats, by Wanda Adams Fischer, wants to be a poignant drama about the life lessons, choices, and pressures affecting three young men, all of whom happen to be baseball players. Ms. Fischer has created some very interesting characters with complexity and well-explained back stories, and she has an obvious love for the game of baseball. But, the novel does not fully succeed, either as a drama or as a baseball book. The first half is an elaborate baseball-themed set-up of the characters so ...more
Ruchira Khanna
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An Engrossing Read!
I am a fan of baseball since my son played this sport, and have volunteered enough to learn the stuff. Absolutely loved the story. It had the struggle, the hard work, the sweat, the success, and the downfall (which made me very sad). Recommended it to my son and fortunately I own this book to be read within the family.
Bruce Perrin
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Fan’s View of the Pressure Cooker that Is Professional Baseball

With so many excellent books on baseball written by veteran players and coaches, you might wonder why you’d read one by a spectator? And admittedly, sometimes the thoughts or words of the fictional characters in Empty Seats sound a bit more like the hyperbole of a fan than the analysis of a player, e.g., “Bobby sends a fireball his way, and slugger-boy doesn’t even see it until it’s landed in Russ’s mitt and the umpire calls it.”
Reader Views
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (7/18)

“Empty Seats” by Wanda Adams Fischer is a must read even if one is not a baseball fan. The author’s distinct, relatable characters revolve around three local high school baseball stars that are called up to the minor leagues to see if “they have it.” But her story encompasses so much more: friendship, expectations, defeat and coming of age.

What boy hasn’t thought of being in the major league, being famous and making millions of dollars? Sadly, many
May 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. This isn’t a book about baseball, but baseball is a very important part of it. The story considers the transition from youth to adulthood. It examines the lives of 3 young men who believe their destiny is major league pitching. However, life gets in the way and choices have to be made enroute. Wanda Fischer, first time author, addresses the emotions, successes and failures each young man encounters and the effects it has on family, friends and society. It will make you laugh, cry ...more
Jesse Braverman
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book totally engages the reader. The characters are real; their backgrounds are varied and true to life; their experiences reflect the enormous challenges their lofty goal presents them with. Wanda develops her characters clearly and the reader quickly identifies with them and cares about them. The situations they grew out of, as well as the young men themselves, are an accurate composite of the minor league ballplayer of today. This book reveals how difficult it is for the star high school ...more
Robin Loves Reading
Book blurb: They were all stars in their hometowns. Then they were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they'd be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional baseball. Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they're often faced with split-second decisions. Not always on the baseball diamond.

My review: This is the story of three
LitPick Book Reviews
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer is a book following Jimmy Bailey and his struggles getting from the minor league in baseball to the majors. Jimmy is a baseball player from Boston, Massachusetts. His dad taught him all he knows, but will that be good enough to become "great"?

One day, a scout sees the potential in him and offers him a deal to join the Expos, a minor league team based out of Jamestown, New York. Jimmy decides to take the deal, and he thinks his baseball career is set, but he
H.L. Girton
Sep 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is not quite what I thought it was going to be. I didn’t know really what I thought about this book. It’s not my kind of book I would normally read so I was nervous I wouldn’t enjoy it. I thought it would be a mans type book, sports and all, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was more than just a sport. It had layers and depth in the behind the scenes life of these boys and their families. A look into growth, love, faith, trust, really deep home morals and values, etc. It was an interesting ...more
Jeannie Sharpe
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very Nice Story

I so enjoyed this book. It is about young men trying to get to the major leagues. They are in AA Division Baseball with the dream to move up. Jimmy is the main character that I liked the most. If you love family and relationships, you will like this book.
The author did a great job with detail throughout. Baseball is a great sport and a lot of folks like myself like to read a baseball story from time to time and this one was very enjoyable. I liked the way Wanda laid out each
Virginia Babcock
Compelling Baseball Story

This book takes you through that sweet spot of life for young pitchers trying to make it to the “show.” It focuses on three young men and their quest for the major leagues just as “life” happens to them. Poignant and moving in parts, this book is a dedicated homage to baseball. I think the author would have been a great sports writer had the times allowed it.
Luis Cuesta
Mar 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a copy as a Goodreads giveaway and I enjoyed reading this book. It is a good choice for baseball fans. I like the way it depicts how is to play minor league ball and the life of kids who aspire to play professionally. And although all the characters in Wanda Adams novel are fictional, her love for the game is not. ...more
Wanda Adams
Jan 12, 2018 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: empty-seats
Here's the link to the Kirkus review.

This is my book.
Jewel Hart
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In her debut novel, Empty Seats, author Wanda Adams Fischer hits it out of the park with this wonderful story which takes readers on a delightful journey of the unexpected friendships, triumphs and disappointments of three young men whose goals are to make it to the big leagues in baseball.

Jim, Bud and Bobby, all hometown baseball stars are drafted to the minor leagues, each with the dream of making it to the big time major leagues. With excitement and confidence in their abilities, reality soon
Madeleine Holly-Rosing
This book follows the fictional story of three young baseball players in the minor leagues in the 1970s. Jimmy, Bud, and Bobby are three pitchers who hope to be called up to the majors. It follows their personal and professional trials in what can be a brutal profession.

I would have loved to have given this 4 stars because the author clearly knows and loves the game from the bottom of her heart and that affection shines through in every detail. The first quarter of the book is tremendously
Dorothy Garino
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
So, I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I do enjoy the game and I really liked this book. Not being a huge fan means that I did not have much of a background, especially when it came to the minor league system and how it functions. But it did not matter. Empty Seats explained everything you need as you go along.

Following the careers of Jimmy, Bobby and Bud as they chase down their plan A, the dream of playing for the Major Leagues, the novel focuses on how all of them faced the challenges that
Tonja Drecker
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a dip into a new genre for me, and considering I'm not an avid sports fan, I was happily surprised.

Taking place in the 1970's, this is a book about several 'boys' entering the AA league. They come with high hopes and from very different pasts, but all dream of success and a life of baseball. But the dream isn't what they expected. Troubles and unexpected situations not only throw tough curve balls at them but might be more than some can handle.

Baseball drips from every page, and it is
Victoria Anders
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer puts us in the trenches with young hopefuls wanting to make it to the big game. My love for baseball was fulfilled with this woven story of three characters all from different walks of life. Being from Georgia, Bud, of course, was my favorite character. The depiction of southern life was well done through Bud's story line.

My biggest complaint about the book was the ending. I'm all about happily ever afters when I read a book. Unrealistic I know but that's why I
Robert Williscroft
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
You don’t have to like baseball to enjoy this story, but it helps. The entire first half of the book is about young baseball players doing their best to move up in the league to make it as professional ball players. It’s well written and interesting. Even if you don’t know much about the game, you will by the middle of the book, and you will have enjoyed learning.

The rest of the book, while still using baseball as a backdrop, is about playing the hand you are dealt. Again, it’s well done with a
Phyllis Newman
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a heartfelt story of boys on a baseball field, dreaming of the big leagues in the 1970s. Written in an engaging, straightforward manner, the author draws in the reader with a deft description of the three main characters, boys who join the AA league.

None of the boys gets what he expected. Their dreams come with unexpected troubles. Jimmy, Bobby, and Bud face challenges that help them grow into the men they eventually become.

Bobby was the most developed character. His ordeal changed him
Vickie Fisher
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a book with baseball as the setting, and three young men drafted to play in the minors. Three boys, three different walks of life, but each with the same dream to make it to the majors. The story is more about their growth and the curve balls of life than baseball. I personally like happy ever after endings, so was left feeling pretty depressed over this one. Wanda Adams Fischer wrote good characters that you cared about and wanted to see them succeed. You felt their pain and joy. ...more
Juanita Tischendorf
rated it it was ok
Aug 20, 2019
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