Category Archives: Books

Have you gotten a Christmas gift for the sports lover in your family?

Well, Christmas is a couple of weeks away, so have you bought a gift yet for the sports lover in your family?

If not, then why not one of these two books?

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The hockey book is about the Boston-Montreal rivalry from 1988-1994, when the Bruins won five of the six series played between the two clubs, ending a streak of 18 consecutive playoff series losses to the Canadiens. Click to purchase this book here.

The baseball book is a biography of Tom Candiotti, the former knuckleball pitcher who pitched in the 1980s and 1990s. Candiotti won 151 major-league games and this book highlights his career. You can purchase this book here.

Get them for the sports lover in your family! 🙂

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My new writing project

I’ve been away from this site for months – so it’s time for an update.

I’d been busy with teaching and writing, and therefore hadn’t had time to post anything here.

The project I’ve been working on is a book on the 1988 Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s a book about the Dodgers’ last World Championship team – and of course I’m rooting against them this year! So, my book will be more meaningful since it will still be the last ever Dodgers team to win a World Series.

Through the help of former Dodger general manager Fred Claire, I’ve been able to talk to 15 ex-players and coaches for this book. It’s been a terrific experience interviewing them to get their memories about that 1988 team.

Finding a publisher has proven to be tricky. Triumph Books showed interest but ultimately said no – they’d published a book on that team some time ago and it was too soon for a repeat. Another publisher looked at my submission and we had discussions, but they decided against taking on this project.

So, we’ll see what happens as I get in contact with others about this book.

Reference book for ESL learners

150commonerrorsESLlearnersI’m very excited to announce on here that I have a new book titled 150 Common Written & Spoken Errors Made by ESL Learners (with Suggested Corrections & Explanations), which will be extremely helpful for ESL learners as they try to master the English language.

Having taught and helped thousands of students over the years, I’ve come across the same types of errors that many students seem to make – and I’ve compiled a list of 150 of those common ones in this book. Before publishing it, of course, I used several of those “lessons” in my classes and my students thoroughly enjoyed them.

What I can say is that if you’re an ESL learner, this book will help you. If you go through the examples and explanations in each section – and learn them by heart – you will find that your English will gradually improve.

Pick up a copy of the book today!

Talking Candiotti and baseball on TSN 1040

Had the opportunity to chat baseball and about my book “Tom Candiotti: A Life of Knuckleballs” on Vancouver Canadians Game Day with Rob Fai on TSN 1040.

Here’s the part of the program where I talked about the book and about the Blue Jays:

To me, there’s no comparison with Tom Candiotti on the 1991 Blue Jays and R.A. Dickey on the 2015 team. As I’d mentioned on the program, Candiotti in 1991 was looked upon to lead the young pitching staff (one that included rookies Mike Timlin and Juan Guzman as well as youngsters David Wells and Todd Stottlemyre). His innings took pressure off of the bullpen as well as the other starters. Candiotti, in fact, nearly won the 1991 American League ERA title – losing it to Roger Clemens in the final week of the season. (Candiotti, who led the ERA race in late September, finished at 2.65 while Clemens was at 2.62.)

As for Dickey? As I’d noted, he’s basically a six-inning pitcher and he might not even be part of the postseason starting rotation (assuming Toronto makes it to the playoffs).

I got cut off when I was talking about rooting for a guy like Candiotti, but what I’d wanted to say there was that how can one not root for the guy? He was a guy who went undrafted, developed elbow problems that required surgery before he even got to the big leagues, underwent Tommy John surgery and became the second player to ever appear in the majors after the operation, and reinvented himself by throwing a knuckleball after two seasons in the bigs where he was a conventional pitcher. The guy nearly won the ERA title twice, and finished his career with more than 150 victories. How can one not root for a guy like that? Had social media existed then, his story would have been more recognized and remembered.

Books: Pick up a copy of “Tom Candiotti: A Life of Knuckleballs” today!

Here is another video promoting the baseball biography that I wrote about former knuckleball pitcher Tom Candiotti. Check it out!

Here’s a recent review on Amazon from a reader:

Stanley Review for Tom Candiotti - October 2014

Need that link again to get the book? Here it is: amzn.to/1w4M2ym

Or, simply click here to get your own copy today!