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New Baseball Novel by Robert Joe Stout: Running Out the Hurt

Oaxaca, Mexico, September 26, 2012 --( Running Out the Hurt
Baseball the Way It Should Be Played
Robert Joe Stout

Running away from his failures in trying to compete with professional baseball stars, fifteen-year-old Alejandro Lòpez winds up destitute in a seaside city in western Mexico. Although the runaway Cuban attempts to conceal his abilities on the diamond several members of a ragtag semi-pro team - the San Arturo Zancudos - drag him back into playing the sport he loves. An instant success, both on the field and with the town’s teenaged flirts he sparks the formerly last-place has-beens into a contender for the league championship.

“Baseball the way it should be played!” enthuses the team’s quirky leftfielder as he and the oddball collection of ballplayers battle, lie, joke and celebrate both on and off the field. Their antics—and successes on the diamond—spark a contagious community following until Alejandro’s abilities attract the attention of Major League scouts and his illegal immigration status is revealed.

Alejandro is forced to choose between a professional contract to play in the United States and staying with the team. His decision and the responses of his teammates provide a dramatic climax to an entertaining and vivid look at baseball, at Mexico, and at how human relationships struggle and prosper.

Robert Joe Stout is a journalist and fiction writer whose publications include Why Immigrants Come to America, The Blood of the Serpent: Mexican Lives, the novel Miss Sally and hundreds of essays, articles, poetry short fiction in literary and trade magazines He currently lives in Oaxaca, Mexico.

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