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The Game from Where I Stand: A Ballplayer's Inside View

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  642 ratings  ·  91 reviews

An insider's revealing look at the hidden world of major league baseball

Doug Glanville, a former major league outfielder and Ivy League graduate, draws on his nine seasons in the big leagues to reveal the human side of the game and of the men who play it.

In The Game from Where I Stand, Glanville shows us how players prepare for games, deal with race and family issues,

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 11th 2010 by Times Books (first published 2010)
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Desiree Koh
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Finally, a non-fiction book about baseball that wasn't written by an idiot (yeah, I'm looking at Canseco), not about glory days and most importantly, written by the ballplayer himself. That's right - you could be the most eloquent sound bite spouter on TV and radio, but can you write a decent paragraph, let alone a book? Well, it's apt that Doug Glanville has done it then, possibly for the first time since Yogi Berra, the quintessential lead-off man himself.

The guy comes with pedigree - an Ivy L
Liz De Coster
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A personal and insightful look at baseball from a player who has been in and around the game for a long time. I checked out this book based on my enjoyment of his regular NYT contributions and wasn't disappointed - though I was disappointed by his admiration of A-Rod and affection for flavored sunflower seeds. I'm not sure this would convert non-baseball-lovers, but that's not what it needs to do; highly recommended for baseball enjoyers of all strips.
May 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Doug Glanville has an Ivy League education and was a union representative for part of his playing days. Those two factors should contribute to the writing of a pretty good book about baseball and the issues it faces today. The Game from Where I Stand is not that book. Glanville evidently wrote this book in a corn field in Iowa, it's so nice and so unwilling to see problems in the game or its players. Most of the book is made up of Glanville's pleasant recollections of his playing days. Even if h ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: booksiveread
Not a book I'd recommend to most people -- I think this one is for die-hard baseball fans. It was an enjoyable read, and I liked some of the insights of life as a baseball player, the codes they follow, etc. I was impressed with Glanville's candor -- he doesn't gloss over the truth or make nice with everyone he writes about. There were two things that really stuck out at me. First was the transition from ball player to retired ball player and how difficult that transition could be. This is a guy ...more
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was ok
Doug Glanville, a former Major League Baseball player, shares his unique perspective on the game, going full circle from life as a highly touted rookie, through the emotions of getting traded, all the way to what it is like as his career begins to fade.

Although there were some interesting insights along the way, such as how Big Leaguers go about finding a place to live and how much fun Montreal was on a road trip, the book at times is a hard read. The largest stumbling block is the writing itsel
Jun 19, 2014 rated it liked it
An overall enjoyable read as Glanville walks us through his relatively journeyman playing career, focusing on life within the game, with more attention spent on the life of major league players away from the field than on game highlights. He spends time on the day-to-day as well as on the longer term career aspects of professional baseball players' lives, the benefits and detriments of life as a major leaguer, and gives an apt sounding description of the problems inherent in, and after the fact ...more
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports, baseball
Baseball has been very good to me.

It provides me with something to cheer about with my co-workers (we are all Giants fans). It gives me soothing numbers to consider. It gives me characters to quote, and it has given me a great many books to enjoy. My next stitching project is even baseball themed.

Doug Glanville's book about his years in baseball was yet another winner. One moment that I especially loved was his description of how his hit in the postseason, could not actually beat the feeling o
Andrea Patrick
Aug 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Pretty good but he plays it pretty safe. Not bad. Peruse it at your library.
Susan Lorenz
Mar 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Good read for serious baseball fans. Was a favorite of mine when he played for the Cubs. He's a classy guy.
Mark Stevens
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Doug Glanville’s “The Game From Where I Stand” offers a winning combination—a likable narrator and tons of colorful details about life off the field and inside the game of baseball.

Minor leagues. Opening days. Glove selection. Coaches. Stress. Anxiety. Relationships. Autographs. Game preparation. Contracts. Money. Retirement. Winter ball. Dealing with reporters. Spring training. Hitting. Traveling. I’m hard-pressed to think of a subject Glanville doesn’t cover and he does it all with an appeali
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Doug Glanville doesn’t write an autobiography or a history, but rather a personal account of baseball’s steroid era from the perspective of someone who was both a star and a journeyman, a leader and a follower, a success and a failure.

He divides the book by the periods of a major leaguer’s career. In the early stages, he sinks into anonymity, often speaking more on the general experience of ballplayers than his individual journey. Punctuated by the loss of his father, interpersonal disputes, an
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-books
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A thoughtful book from a thoughtful ballplayer. Who knew.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interesting book about the inside of baseball from a different voice, covering many topics, including steroids (et al.) from the viewpoint of someone who never bulked up. Good stuff!
Feb 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Pretty cool to read a book about a person you know. If you are a baseball fan, this book is for you.
Chris S.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
This is completely appropriate for Glanville: competent and unremarkable.
Jan 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Mark Ahrens
May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Doug Glanville, ex-Major League player for the Phillies, Cubs, and Rangers, has penned a new book -- The Game From Where I Stand: A Ballplayer's Inside View. Glanville was an outfielder for 9+ seasons in The Show and, with the exception of 1999 when he batted .325, enjoyed a largely workmanlike career (.277 BA). However, Glanville's keen observations of the game, brought out vividly in his new book, are far more impressive.

Glanville was raised in Teaneck, NJ, a diverse and inclusive neighborhood
Feb 22, 2012 rated it liked it
Glanville seems a natural to write a baseball book like this one. He had a very successful career, tallying over 1000 hits in 9 seasons, but is also a good writer, a graduate of Penn (systems engineering) and a color commentator for ESPN. He also seems to be a very well-grounded human being who understands that the life of a professional baseball player is a peculiar one. And while he was very successful, staying in the league for so long, he also wasn't so good that he doesn't fully appreciate ...more
Gordon Kwok
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book about Doug Glanville's time in the major leagues. A great book told by a great storyteller. He talks about the time that Greg Maddux struck him out using wits. Highly recommended for any baseball fan!
Mark Dodson
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've not read many sports books during the past few years, but having read Doug Glanville's occasional but excellent New York Times columns, I was looking forward to reading this when I heard he was completing a book. Glanville was not a big star, but a steady player who put in nine major league seasons with four teams. The real highlights here are behind the scenes insights that aren't part of everyday sports coverage. Issues like scrambling to line up a new place to live in a strange city with ...more
Jul 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Overall I enjoyed this, a highly readable description of Glanville's experience in the MLB. He seems to be a fairly down to earth person who did not get too caught up in the moment, perhaps because he seems smart enough and has enough more of a life for baseball to not have been everything, perhaps because he was good but not great.

Since he was the players' rep to the union for the Phillies (perhaps as well as for the Cubs) I wish there had been more discussion of the use of performance enhancin
Apr 20, 2010 rated it liked it
When Doug Glanville stubs his toe, he yells "Sugar!" instead of "Shit!" He's probably the only former professional baseball player capable of reliably evaluating the uniaxial tensile strength of various hybrid-fiber concrete structures. He's very nice and very smart. Same goes for his book. This is a respectful and technically precise retelling of Doug's experiences as an MLB player. It's not a sensational read, but it's charming in its guilelessness. The chief disappointment is that he applies ...more
Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: baseball fans
Recommended to Liz by: comcast sportsnet
Shelves: memoirs
Doug Glanville tells of his days prior to his big league experience, during his big league time, and afterwards. It was interesting to learn about what goes on behind the scenes of playing baseball for fans. How you don't know if you will be with the same team from day to do, from the unspoken rule of not squealing on your teammates, to clubbing it up in Montreal; it is amazing all that one doesn't even plan on when making the big leagues. I felt this book was well thought out, and backed up wit ...more
Kevin Wright
Jul 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Doug Glanville is a great guy, but I have to say that I was a tad disappointed with this book after anticipating it for so many months. There are some interesting tidbits, but for the most part the writing feels dumbed down and the insights rather bland. I was expecting far more from the Ivy League educated outfielder. It's a worthwhile read for any baseball fan, especially if you followed the Cubs or Phillies during his playing days, but ultimately the book comes off like an introductory handbo ...more
Dec 20, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is a little different from most other baseball books. It's not just a collection of baseball hijinx, or the story of a season or of a career. Well, it's kind of the story of Glanville's career, but it's more of a philosophical approach to the game as it is played today. Yes, there are anecdotes, but that's not the focus. It's more introspective.

Glanville dedicates a chapter to each phase of the game from the player's perspective, for example, Before the First Game (chapter 1), Respecti
Feb 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Black Postcards of Baseball I suppose, totally enjoyed this one. I always had ideas about the cluture and mind set of professional baseball players and this book really put exact details on my general ideas. It is just pretty intense and stressful and it takes ridiculous amounts of dedication and commitment. The pressure, the women, the fans, it was all here. My favorite part when when he was judging Randy Johnson for not being friendly and just giving his Hall & Oates cd back to him - like ...more
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: baseball, in, 2010
Doug Glanville wrote a series of wonderful essays on baseball over the last several years for the New York Times. It was always fun and illuminating to read his take on the game. However what reads crisp and literate in a newspaper column has become treacly and sophomoric in a 304 page book. [return]A good baseball book needs the grit and the grass stains. The mud and curses and wonder. This book feels like a brand new uniform, never been worn. Glanville is incredibly intelligent, respectful and ...more
Feb 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I have read a great many player-written baseball books, but none as articulately expressed and nuanced as The Game from Where I Stand by Doug Glanville. While the book is free of profanity or salacious stories, it is filled with deep and very candid insights into the lives of ballplayers (on and off the field) that I found fascinating to read. Glanville's opinions on steroids and PEDs, cities around the league, locker room politics, and the lives of minor league players and players at the ends o ...more
Oliver Bateman
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
A series of earnest, thoughtful essays in the spirit of baseball pitcher-cum-clubhouse intellectual Jim Brosnan's The Long Season, the Game from Where I Stand is a solid and readable first effort from former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder and UPenn alumnus Doug Glanville. The chapters are loose arrangements of Glanville's short essays about the game, which vary widely in quality. At least a third of these are searching, deep, and memorable, and it is on their account that I recommend this book ...more
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