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A journalist needs something to write about: Richard Ben Cramer, Alex Rodriguez and the book that did not get written

January 22, 2014 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: books, Home, reporters, reporting, writers, writing.

In 2006 Cramer sold both his publisher and his subject on a book about Alex Rodriguez, the star of the New York Yankees who was recently banned for a year by Major League Baseball for taking banned substances. The book had the title, The Importance of Being Alex: A Life with the Yankees. He had a $550,000 advance from the Hachette Book Group. Rodriguez had agreed to cooperate fully. In fact, he welcomed Cramer into his entourage. What happened after that is a sad tale but, unfortunately, not unique.

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