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Eleven-Year Vet Joe Kelly Sets Call To Arms For Baseball

Veteran righty Joe Kelly is known for his fiery demeanor on the mound. The 11-year reliever, now in his second year with the White Sox, has some thoughts on the state of the game, and suggestions for how to make it better.

With the MLB rules set to return the game to pre-shift, pre-human-rain-delay, pre-three-and-a-half-hour status, Kelly’s new book A Damn Near Perfect Game: Reclaiming America’s Pastime, written with Rob Bradford, gives a perspective on aspects of baseball that may be as timely as ever.

From the book press materials:

From Kelly’s perspective as a two-time World Series champion and “baseball’s most memeable player” (according to ESPN), he takes readers on a house-cleaning tour of the clubhouse, the field of play, the bullpen, the front office, the commissioner’s office, and a ballplayer’s restricted life off the field. Kelly has something to say about baseball’s rule changes (pitch clocks, limiting defensive shifts, the designated hitter); hacks (overused analytics, sign-stealing); stale promotion to new fans; and encouraging players’ emotions (let them fight, bat-flip, and talk sh*t!). Plus, he details how he aired his complaints in an illuminating meeting with commissioner Rob Manfred.

Fans can check it out here.

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Jerry Milani is a writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 30 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and as a freelance professional. His PR clients have included Wizard World and FAN EXPO, which produce pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America, USA Wrestling, the National Lacrosse League, Strat-O-Matic Media, the Pacific Life Open and Pilot Pen Tennis tournaments and dozens of others. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of North Rockland High School and Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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