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Here are the upcoming WWK interviews for the month of July!

July 4th Christopher Huang, A Gentleman's Murder

July 11th V. M. Burns, The Plot Is Murder

July 18th Edith Maxwell (Maddie Day), Death Over Easy

July 25th Shari Randall, Against The Claw

Our July Saturday Guest Blogger Schedule: 7/7--Mary Feliz, 7/14--Annie Hogsett, 7/21--Margaret S. Hamilton, 7/28--Kait Carson.

Our special bloggers for the fifth Monday and Tuesday of July--Kaye George and Paula Gail Benson.

Please welcome two new members to WWK--Annette Dashofy, who will blog on alternative Sundays with Jim Jackson, and Nancy Eady, who will blog on every fourth Monday. Thanks for blogging with us Annette and Nancy!

Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:

Annette Dashofy's Uneasy Prey was released in March. It is the sixth Zoe Chambers Mystery. The seventh, Cry Wolf, will be released on September 18th. Look for E. B. Davis's interview with Annette on September 19th.

Carla Damron's quirky short story, "Subplot", was published in the Spring edition of The Offbeat Literary Journal. You can find it here: http://offbeat.msu.edu/volume-18-spring-2018/

Tina Whittle's sixth Tai Randolph mystery, Necessary Ends, debuts on April 3, 2018. Look for it here. Tina was nominated for a Derringer Award for her novelette, "Trouble Like A Freight Train Coming." We're all crossing our fingers for her.

James M. Jackson's Empty Promises, the next in the Seamus McCree mystery series (5th), was published on April 3, 2018. Purchase links are here. He's working on Seamus McCree #6 (False Bottom)

Dark Sister, a poetry collection, is Linda Rodriguez's tenth published book. It's available for sale here:

Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.

Shari Randall's second Lobster Shack Mystery, Against the Claw, will be available in July 31, 2018.


Friday, July 3, 2015

Second Chances

                                                              Second Chances

               As I write this on May 19, 2015 the Kansas City Royals have the best record in major

league baseball, 27 – 14.  Part of the reason for their success is that the club took a chance on two

players that other teams did not pursue.

                Kendrys Morales has played in the majors off and on starting in 2006.  He became a starter

in 2009. On May 29, 2010 he leapt into the air in celebration of the walk-off grand slam home run he

had just hit.  He landed awkwardly, injuring his ankle.  His recovery took some time.  He did not play

until last year when he was picked up after the season started.  Morales did not have spring training.  

He tried to get his form back during the regular season with disappointing results.  By the end of the

year his game improved. He helped the Seattle Mariners during the pennant race.  Although other

baseball people thought Morales would never reach the level he had before his injury, the Royals

invited him to spring training and gave him time to work on his skills.
            He was given a spot on the roster.  At this point he is hitting at a 305 clip and has the most runs batted in of all American League players.  In the last game he hit two home runs.  He celebrated quietly.  Maybe the Royals thought he was persistent based on his history.  Morales escaped from Cuba on his eighth attempt.
            Pitcher Chris Young became a starter in 2006.  He was very successful until 2009 when he required surgery to deal with an injury.  He had a series of physical set backs over the following years.  Last year the Seattle Mariners used him as a relief pitcher when injuries plagued their starters.  The manager described his as “a godsend.”  Despite this, Seattle did not ask him to their spring training.
            The Royals were the only team to offer him a chance.  He came to spring training and impressed the management so much that they offered him a contract.  They sent a rookie pitcher who had done well in last year’s post-season to the minor leagues to make room for Young.  This year he has a 4 – 0 record thus far as a starting pitcher.  Last night despite not having his best stuff he pitched six scoreless innings.  His earned run average is .78.  Young saw Morales while both players were part of the Seattle ballclub. Young said he was not surprised at Morale’s performance because he was impressed by the hard work Morales put in to improve his game. 
            Was it nice for the Royals to offer the two players a second chance? Of course it was.  But the chances did not come from kindness alone.  Both players had a history of success.  Both had shown persistence in their willingness to rebuild their physical strength and game skills.  It has turned out to be as good for the team as it is for the players.  Popular opinion is that the Royal’s appearance in the World Series last year was a fluke.  Few commentators picked the Royals to make it to the postseason this year.  They may have overlooked the team’s, uh, kindness. 
            Second chances help the recipient. They can help the giver too.

What do you think?


Grace Topping said...

All of us at one time or another have needed a second chance in life. Some more than just a second chance. Thanks for the reminder that we also need to be willing to give others that second chance.

Kara Cerise said...

Thank you for the inspirational message, Warren. The Royals are to be commended for realizing the true worth of these players and giving them a second chance.

Kait said...

I don't know diddly about sports, but as Grace says, all of us need a second chance at one time or another. There are a lot of hard and improving lessons in failure. It's grand when someone else realizes that the failure has made you stronger and better and takes a chance on you. Well done, Warren.