Earlier than a latest recreation, with the music blaring inside Oakland’s clubhouse, A’s pitcher Liam Hendriks reached into his locker and grabbed two of his favourite issues.

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A ball and glove?

Not fairly. As his teammates thumbed their good telephones or performed playing cards on a close-by desk, Hendriks picked up his noise-cancelling headphones and a hardback copy of “Morning Star” by Pierce Brown, a 2016 science fiction novel that’s the third in Brown’s Pink Rising trilogy.

“I prefer to immerse myself in books,” Hendriks stated. “I get misplaced in a universe. I can learn a ebook, and every part else disappears. There have been occasions the place I’ve ended up practically being late to a recreation as a result of I’m sitting there, misplaced in a chapter, and I hold turning pages.”

“He’ll fireplace by means of books,” A’s catcher Josh Phegley stated. “It’s like each time I really discover him studying, it’s a special ebook. He reads so much.”

(As Phegley stated this, Hendriks was studying a ebook.)

Hendriks’ favourite genres embody Sci-fi, fantasy and historic fiction. He just lately completed a ebook concerning the Battle of Hastings in 1066, with the twist that it was from a Frenchman’s standpoint. Subsequent up on Hendriks’ studying record is a biography on hockey commentator Don Cherry, adopted by “The Clever Man’s Worry,” by Patrick Rothfuss.

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It’s a part of a brand new studying plan the 30-year-old Australian adopted throughout spring coaching, the place he completed eight books in roughly six weeks. The aim is normally round a ebook per week.

“I at all times really feel like I put myself into [a character’s] scenario, which in accordance with my spouse is unnerving as a result of there are some books I learn the place the principle character is feminine,” Hendriks stated with amusing. “I like getting misplaced in a world.

“I like with the ability to decipher my very own feelings towards the character. A TV present, it’s written on their faces. It’s written in the best way it’s directed and acted. Whereas a ebook, there’s wording towards it, however it’s important to join the dots. I like connecting the dots.”

Changing into a bookworm was just about inevitable for Hendriks, whose father is the principal of an indigenous agricultural faculty again residence. His mother, who taught him in elementary faculty, now works for a corporation that distributes academic video games and books.

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