In ESPN The Magazine, Eddie Matz writes about Brandon McCarthy, who was almost out of baseball in 2010 until he reinvented himself by writing Moneyball's next chapter. Now he's one of the game's best pitchers.
Trevor Hoffman tried his hand at being a position player, but his bat never showed up. At least he had a mid-90s fastball to fall back on -- until he didn't even have that anymore. Here, he tells the story of the pitch that made him great.