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Dollar Sign on the Muscle

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by Kevin Kerrane
Foreword by Kevin Goldstein
372 pages
Published Nov 6, 2013
ISBN 1492765074


the men who can make—or break—careers, the men who, more than any others, were responsible for getting Mike Schmidt, Al Kaline, Darryl Strawberry, Mickey Mantle, Roberto Clemente, Sandy Koufax, and Brooks Robinson—to name just a few—into their major league positions.

Here is all the inside information—trade secrets, player development, original scouting reports; the history and economics of this pivotal side of baseball, and how the scouting system is changing—from the baseball scouts themselves. This edition includes an all-new chapter updating the original with thoughts on the state of scouting in 2013.


"The story of a quest is one of the most basic and essential narratives in human existence. Kevin Kerrane strains the Homeric through the voices of American baseball scouts, those journeymen who search the sandlots for raw athletic potential. Dollar Sign on The Muscle was essential reading when it first arrived nearly three decades ago. And now, as big money has arrived to magnify the entire dynamic, Kerrane has returned to update his classic.

"They use 'inside baseball' as a term to suggest esoteric knowledge. That's ridiculous. The inside is where anything worth knowing actually begins to matter." — David Simon, creator, The Wire and Treme


"An entertaining, in-depth look at a fascinating part of baseball invisible to most. I loved this book." — Tim Kurkjian, ESPN

"Dollar Sign on the Muscle is the scouting bible for the baseball executive as well as the baseball enthusiast." — Kevin Towers, General Manager, Arizona Diamondbacks

"Updating a classic is always risky, but given the dramatic changes in baseball since Dollar Sign's original publication, the time had certainly come for a modernized examination of the game... and who better to give it to us than Kevin Kerrane and Baseball Prospectus." — Dan O'Dowd, General Manager, Colorado Rockies

"The last word on a profession even baseball fans may find they knew little about." — Sports Illustrated

"One of baseball literature's most noble and enjoyable works." — Diamond Classics

"A must read for anyone who wants the inside stories on baseball scouts and the happenings on their daily quest for the next MLB all-star." — Don Welke, Senior Special Assistant to the GM & Scouting, Texas Rangers

"A fascinating look at the world of the baseball scout... some of the best baseball tall tales you'll ever read." — The Wall Street Journal

"The scouts who seek out major league prospects are like explorers, wandering the country's amateur diamonds in the hope of finding a treasure--or a raw talent that can be turned into a treasure. A lot of what romance remains in baseball centers on this perennial quest, and Kerrane... captures it in this wonderfully affectionate book." — People

"A wonderful book!" — Chicago Tribune

"Dollar Sign on the Muscle is the best book ever written about baseball scouting." — Jonah Keri, author of Up, Up & Away

"A delicious book of interviews with baseball scouts." — David Maraniss, author of Clemente and When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi

"This study [is] mesmerizing, for it deals with getting the most, pound-per-dollar, for the goods: young baseball flesh... That baseball is a business has never been made so clear. Both narrative and characters are engaging, and Kerrane ... writes with passionate clarity." — Library Journal

"One of the best baseball books to hit the shelves in recent memory... the story of the men behind the muscle mart... Kerrane scrutinizes this sometimes frantic, sometimes nostalgic, sometimes inspiring world... For those in the stands, Dollar Sign offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at America's national pastime." — Philadelphia Inquirer

"Must reading for anyone interested in the workings of professional baseball." — George Bradley, former Scouting Director, Detroit Tigers

"One of the most intriguing and unusual books on the market... a fascinating book that should be read by every serious student of the game." — Rick Westcott, The Phillies Report

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