Monday Morning Manager…Hey, I Wrote a Book
I wrote a book.
The book is titled: "Podnuh, Let Me Tell You a Story," and it is about Rangers super-scout Mel Didier, who has been in baseball for 54 years. He and I basically wrote the book together. I did the actual writing, he was the one who told the stories.
* Mel was the advance scout for the Los Angeles Dodgers who told Kirk Gibson the night before Game 1 of the 1988 World Series to "watch out for the back door slider" from Oakland reliever Dennis Eckersley. Gibson was waiting for the back-door slider the next day when he came up in the ninth inning against Eckersley.
* Didier was the first scouting director of the Montreal Expos and basically found Andre Dawson at Florida A&M when no other team had any idea of who he was. He also drafted Gary Carter, Ellis Valentine and Steve Rogers and signed Larry Parrish after he went undrafted.
* Didier also drafted Jack Scalia, a pitcher who later became an actor in Hollywood. How Scalia went from baseball to acting is a great story.
* Didier was Al Campanis’ right-hand man with the Dodgers for several years and helped put together the 1988 world championship team.
* Didier was the first farm director for the Arizona Diamondbacks and – along with Buck Showalter, Sandy Johnson and others – had a major role in putting together that world championship team.
* Didier was big in Latin America. He was one of the first scouts to try and penetrate the Cuban market, he helped establish the Mexican Baseball Academy and he recommended the Dodgers sign Fernando Valenzuela.
This is simply a hardcore baseball book full of great baseball stories by a man who has been in baseball for 54 years and is still working full-time for the Rangers. You have to love baseball to buy the book. If you do love baseball, you will love this book.
Two ways to buy it. You can call 1-866-405-1300 or you can click the link below. Again, buy this book only if you love great baseball stories.