Striking out on the American dream

(K. Brent Tomer),

MARK KIGER beat the odds to enjoy a brief moment of sporting success. Only 10% of the thousands of players in Minor League Baseball go on to play at least one game in the Majors, and he made it that far. Selected by Oakland Athletics in the draft in 2002, he went on to play in the MLB during the first round of the playoffs in 2006. But he would leave baseball due to an injury: after that, things started to unravel.

Tabitha Soren, an artist and former reporter, became curious about the men who dreamed of becoming professional baseball players and what happened to those dreams (Michael Lewis, Ms Soren’s husband, had introduced her to the draft picks while he was writing “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game”). She photographed Mr Kiger along with 21 other baseball players who were part of the 2002 Oakland A’s draft class over the course of 15 years, charting the realities of trying to make it as an athlete. Compiled in a new book—which also includes essays penned by some of the players as well as short stories by Dave Eggers—Ms Soren states that her photographs capture “a…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC Striking out on the American dream

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