Nine Bucks a Pound (Paperback)
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From the moment he's drafted, Del Tanner shows the Twins a smooth left-handed stroke and a slick glove at first base. But his path is blocked by players who possess the one thing he lacks-power. When a teammate's injury is the only thing to spare him on cutdown day, the message is clear: Put more balls over the fence or find a new line of work. His aspiring agent connects him with a steroid dealer operating out of the back room of a South Florida funeral parlor. After a winter in Mexico, pumping iron by day and riding the bench by night, Del reports to spring training sporting twenty additional pounds of muscle. Suddenly a legitimate power threat, he ascends from the ranks of the unknown to American League Rookie of the Year. Within days of being so honored, allegations surface of his performance-enhancing drug use, forcing him on the defensive as he fights to restore his reputation and repair his personal relationships.
About the Author
James Bailey is the author of The Greatest Show on Dirt (2012), set in historic Durham Athletic Park. He is a regular contributor to Baseball America magazine, for whom he spent six years covering minor league baseball. He lives in Rochester, N.Y., with his wife and son. Nine Bucks a Pound is his second novel.