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Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Schmidt's Here Pitching His Book, Too
After ringing the opening bell at the Philadelphia Stock Exchange this morning, Phillies hall of fame slugger Mike Schmidt moves on to the Central Branch of the Free Library, where he'll speak at 12:30 this afternoon about his new book, Clearing the Bases. Then at 6 this evening, it's on to the Barnes & Noble at 1805 Walnut. Although no mega-seller like Marley & Me, the book is No. 10 today on Amazon.com's list of sports best-sellers. Schmidt's tour has made some news itself. Two weeks ago, at the Phillies spring training site, he talked about steroids and the hall-of-fame worthiness of Mark McGuire and Pete Rose. Then, because he wrote that amphetamine use was common in locker games, the New York Times asked if he'd ever used greenies, and he said, "A couple times in my career I bit on it." Perhaps that admission helped spur a current Phillie to admit anonymously to using them, too, which in turned prompted commissioner Bud Selig to comment on possible speed-abuse in baseball. Too bad such revelations aren't detailed in the book, said a Daily News review. Today's events are free and no tickets are required, but Schmidt will sign only books, no memorabilia.