Empty Seats

Empty Seats

by Wanda Adams Fischer


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They were all stars in their hometowns. Then they were drafted to play minor league ball, thinking it would be an easy ride to playing in the big time. Little did they know that they’d be vying for a spot with every other talented kid who aspired to play professional baseball. Young, inexperienced, immature, and without the support of their families and friends, they’re often faced with split-second decisions. Not always on the baseball diamond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999504901
Publisher: Epigraph Publishing
Publication date: 10/23/2017
Pages: 260
Sales rank: 579,377
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Wanda Fischer has loved baseball since she was eight years old. She's parlayed that into her first novel, which is not necessarily about her favorite team, the Boston Red Sox. When she's not writing, she's listening to folk music for her show on WAMC public radio, "The Hudson River Sampler," which she's done since 1982.

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Empty Seats 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found it hard to put this book down. As a fan of baseball, I was engrossed in this story of 3 high school stars who are drafted by the Expos and wind up in Jamestown, NY for a season of minor league ball. The writer's knowledge about the game is evident as you read this story, but it is merely the setting for a captivating journey she takes you on as you follow the three characters' lives. I can't wait for the sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has a lot of twists and turns and is a fast read. I enjoyed reading it because the chapters are short and even if I had to put it down to go to work, it was easy to pick back up and get back into the action. It may be about baseball players, but a lot of it is about life.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
Empty Seats by [Adams Fischer, Wanda]Empty Seats follows the story of three men and their dream to making it to the major leagues in baseball. On their way they discover how life can help or hinder their dreams. I love baseball. This story took me into the game from a side that I only had a small amount of knowledge. It is written by someone who loves the game and wants to share her love with others. This excellent book receives high praise from me and I recommend it to anyone who has a love of the game.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (7/18) “Empty Seats” by Wanda Adams Fischer is a must read even if one is not a baseball fan. The author’s distinct, relatable characters revolve around three local high school baseball stars that are called up to the minor leagues to see if “they have it.” But her story encompasses so much more: friendship, expectations, defeat and coming of age. What boy hasn’t thought of being in the major league, being famous and making millions of dollars? Sadly, many don’t make it, and life has other plans for them. Having grown up in a family where my brothers played little league through high school baseball and my dad a baseball coach for many years, I certainly can relate to the expectations that if one wants to make it to the big leagues, nothing else matters. “Empty Seats” follows three young men from varied backgrounds who are excellent local pitchers. One young man’s father gave up his dream of being a professional baseball player due to his wife’s wishes; another comes from the south and is a true, gentle soul who makes friends with everyone, while the third boy, angry at the world, comes from a home without a father, and has a very dysfunctional mother. Given the author's love of baseball and complete understanding of the game and all its components she has an excellent ability to draw readers into the game. Readers will smell the green grass and feel the excitement of playing on a major baseball field. Cesar, the coach of the pitchers, had me laughing throughout the book. He makes a statement, “Chew think you know everything about the game? Chew know nothing! Nada!” Given most of these young players were kings of baseball at home, they were somewhat shocked at this statement. The chapters switch narration between each boy, and I find that it gives one the chance to get to know each player and his mindset. I enjoyed the fact that Fischer was able to vividly describe how each boy returned home hoping they will be returning next year. There are many obstacles and challenges that each one experiences during the summer at home. Some are caused by their own doing and others are by chance. Fischer draws one in with the emotions, upsets and love of the game. You will be on the field with them all and hoping for the best. “Empty Seats” by Wanda Adams Fischer is a true coming of age story and an honest portrayal of aspiring baseball players. I highly recommend this book to everyone even if you aren’t a big fan of the game. You will learn many things about baseball and life.
LitPick More than 1 year ago
Empty Seats by Wanda Adams Fischer is a book following Jimmy Bailey and his struggles getting from the minor league in baseball to the majors. Jimmy is a baseball player from Boston, Massachusetts. His dad taught him all he knows, but will that be good enough to become "great"? One day, a scout sees the potential in him and offers him a deal to join the Expos, a minor league team based out of Jamestown, New York. Jimmy decides to take the deal, and he thinks his baseball career is set, but he soon learns it won't be as easy as he imagined. When he starts playing for the Expos, he learns that everyone else on the team is just as good as he is, if not better. He realizes that he is going to have to get a lot better to make it to the big leagues. Jimmy also finds that the world is a lot bigger than just Boston. Will Jimmy make it to the big leagues? Can he even pass this stage in his journey? Find out in this exciting book! Opinion: I'm not usually a fan of sports books. However, this book was a wonderful surprise, and I enjoyed reading it! It was entertaining and kept my attention from the get-go. I liked the character development through the story and the fact that it didn't feel like a generic sports story. One of the parts in the book that I liked was where Jimmy learned that drinking alcohol didn't solve life's problems. I'd really like to see a book two continuing this story. It ended with me wanting more. I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up because it has death and drinking. Reviewed by a LitPick student book reviewer Age 15
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read, and I am not even a baseball fan. Ms. Fischer created a real sense of time and geography. She gave me characters I could root for throughout their relationships and decisions. And after I was fully in vested in the characters' lives, she surprised me. I just might become a baseball fan.