James Bailey moved to Seattle the year after the expansion Mariners were hatched. He grew up rooting for a team that rarely won, crying himself to sleep while listening to Hall of Famer Dave Niehaus liven up the broadcasts of a hapless bunch led by the likes of Ruppert Jones and Bruce Bochte. Just as better days were dawning in the Kingdome, he moved to North Carolina. While attending North Carolina State University in the early '90s, he worked for the Durham Bulls, planting the seeds for his debut novel, The Greatest Show on Dirt. He later spent six years covering the minor leagues for Baseball America magazine, for whom he is still a regular contributor. He lives in Rochester, N.Y., with his wife Jill and son Grant.
His second novel, Nine Bucks a Pound, was released in February 2014. It tells the story of an overlooked minor leaguer who breaks through after succumbing to the lure of steroids and must later deal with the consequences when his secret is exposed.
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