The Beat: A Baseball Short Story

Rated 4.33/5 based on 3 reviews
Patrick Baker is the top prospect in baseball and his imminent major league debut is the center of the baseball world.

Reporter Lauren Day and her colleagues await the big day. But what unfolds is beyond anyone's imagination.

Against the backdrop of the desperation of the bus leagues, battles over journalistic integrity arise, as Lauren struggles to gain courage in a cutthroat industry.
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Words: 8,840
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465894564
About Jessica Quiroli

I've been a minor league baseball writer for eight years and a high school sports writer for three. I'm currently an online minor league writer for Gotham Baseball, covering New York minor league teams, and for Ultimate Athlete Magazine covering New York City high school sports.

I have been a regular contributor to Junior Baseball Magazine since 2006, interviewing and profiling Major League players and writing feature stories. I was an online sports copy editor for two years at Minor League

In 2008, I covered the Can Am League for the Press of Atlantic City and the Worcester Telegram. I have covered the Eastern League since 2008 for The Trentonian, Pinstripes Plus, Project Prospect, and Baseball Digest. That same year I covered high school cross country for The Trentonian and

In 2010 I contributed spring training reports & other stories to to Project Prospect, a website devoted to scouting and prospect analysis. I have covered baseball for the Worcester Telegram, Press of Atlantic City, and the The Binghamton Press & Bulletin. Also in 2010, I covered New Jersey high school sports for Ultimate Athlete Magazine. I covered the Eastern League and MILB for Baseball Digest in 2011.

I was named one of 10 Women in Sports to Follow by espnW in 2011.

I exclusively covered the New York Penn League for Gotham Baseball, Bus Leagues Baseball, and Baseball Digest/Going Nine, in 2012.

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Review by: Bill Ivie, Jr on Jan. 23, 2012 :
"The Beat" is a touching short story that intertwines so many struggles. It represents the struggle between New and Traditional Media well. It also finds a way into the reader's heart and mind, causing many of us in the industry to reflect on what we do with information as it is presented. The struggles of a ball player, a female reporter in a man's world, New Media journalists struggling for a foot hold, and traditional journalists struggling to keep up with a new game are all well depicted and spun together effortlessly by Ms. Quiroli. If you are looking for a short read that truly gives you a glimpse behind the curtain of baseball, this is a bargain of a price for such a story.
(reviewed 24 days after purchase)

Review by: Susan Lulgjuraj on Jan. 06, 2012 :
Do you ever have a moment when reading a story and the plot makes you pause? That happened in this book.

Initially, I didn't know where the story was headed. Was it going to be about about a pitcher and the excitement/nervousness of his upcoming Major League debut? Or how a female reporter has to cope with being in a male-dominated environment?

The story seemed to be more about how we never really know people even when cameras and photographers are all around them. When reporters throw out questions, they never really ask the right ones.

I won't give away the twist because getting to the surprise is part of the fun. ... Read more of the review at
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)

Review by: TFS27 on Dec. 31, 2011 :
A quality short story, being from the area I enjoyed the local references. The story line makes for an interesting read with a surprise twist to the plot.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

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