‘Bluegrass Baseball’ @ various locations

Aug. 29-Sept. 2

Carmichael’s Bookstore (Aug. 29, 7 p.m.)
Slugger Museum (Sept. 1, 10 a.m.)
Slugger Field (Sept. 2, 6 p.m.)

In her first book, former C-J reporter Katya Cengel expands on a series of 2009 articles on minor league baseball in Kentucky, following the Lexington Legends, the Bowling Green Hot Rods, the Florence Freedom, and the Ville’s beloved Bats through the 2010 season. With its focus trained on the uncelebrated lower tiers of the sport, “Bluegrass Baseball” is about a world whose orbit rarely crosses that of the big leagues. Cengel isn’t writing for fans of the corporate teams, or MLB, but lovers of the game itself. “Nine Latin players crammed into a two-bedroom condo. Air mattresses occupy every free space … Three days’ worth of trash is stuffed in several large trash bags in the kitchen.” Who else but a lover would tolerate this heartache? Down in the multi-storied basement of the minor leagues, Cengel writes, “humility … is the rule.” Many are called, but few are called up. —Ben Phelan

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