The Rotation

A Season with the Phillies and the Greatest Pitching Staff Ever Assembled


By Jim Salisbury

By Todd Zolecki

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Not since 1957 has one major league team’s pitching staff boasted three pitchers (Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Roy Oswalt) in the Top Ten in career winning-percentage. Plus, the Philadelphia Phillies’ 2011 rotation also happens to include Cole Hamels — the 2008 NLCS and World Series MVP — and an alternating fifth starter.

This awe-inducing rotation has been the talk of baseball since coming together in December 2010. They were featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2011 baseball- preview edition, interviewed on the MLB Network on opening day of spring training, covered in the New York Times Magazine, and mentioned in numerous newspapers and magazines nationwide.
Authored by two of the most knowledgable and connected Phillies beat writers, The Rotation is a remarkably detailed day-in-the-life story of one complete season with a Major League Baseball starting-pitching staff. The authors offer deep daily access to the Phillies players, coaches, and front-office staff, as well as the players and staff of other major league teams and the national baseball media.

With firsthand reporting and extensive interviews, plus two full-color photo inserts, this is a fascinating and detailed look into the day-to-day operation of what is arguably the greatest pitching rotation ever assembled. It is a must-read for Phillies fans and general baseball fans alike.

On Sale
Mar 6, 2012
Page Count
256 pages
Running Press

Jim Salisbury

About the Author

Jim Salisbury is the Phillies’ beat reporter for and appears regularly on Comcast SportsNet-TV in Philadelphia. Previously, he had covered the Phillies for more than thirteen years for the Philadelphia Inquirer. He lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Todd Zolecki covers the Phillies for Previously, he served as the Phillies beat reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer for nine years. The National Sportswriters Association named him Pennsylvania Sportswriter of the Year in 2008. He lives in Philadelphia.

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