Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Review of "A Renegade Championship Summer"

Living in the Hudson Valley region of New York, I was thrilled to find this book available on Kindle.  While I only saw a couple games during this 1999 championship season, it was still very exciting to have a championship team in the local area.  Here is my review of "A Renegade Championship Summer."

“A Renegade Championship Summer: A Broadcaster’s View of a Magical Minor League Baseball Season” by Rick Schultz

Baseball, minor leagues, championship

Publish date:
August 12, 2016

227 pages

3 ½ of 5 stars (good)

The Hudson Valley Renegades won that first New York Penn League championship in 1999 and this book by broadcaster Risk Schultz, who called the team's games that year, shares not only the highlights but some interesting stories about the players as well.

What I like about books like this is that the reader gets inside life in the minor leagues. The book has plenty of bus trip stories, reflections from players and manager Edwin Rodriguez and even other employees such as the clubhouse manager. Of note - Josh Hamilton, the #1 draft pick that year who went on to become an MVP in the major leagues, played briefly for the Renegades that season and was there to celebrate the championship with his Hudson Valley teammates.

Overall this is a decent read about a team that will be long remembered for bringing a championship to the area. Fans of minor league baseball will enjoy this one.

Book Format Read:
E-book (Kindle)

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