MIA — A Baseball Novel from Joseph Sciuto. Available April 27, 2020

Baseball is part of America’s plot, part of America’s mysterious, underlying design-the plot in which we all conspire and collude, the plot of the story of our national life. — Albert Allen Bartlett




“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from coming up to bat.” 
…Babe Ruth


As the beloved, hard-working general manager of a Major League Baseball team in California, “Baseball Wizard” Joe Ciotola has given his life to the sport but lost too much in the bargain. Single, childless, disillusioned about baseball, and swamped with regrets after missing the deaths of both of his parents, the 50-year-old Bronx native quits his job and goes looking for something — anything — more satisfying than a life spent juggling rosters, recruiting players, and balancing budgets.

On his way to Anywhere, U.S.A., he stops in a strange place called Salvation, a forgotten desert town where time seems to stand still and where Old Testament values divide the locals between the Saved and the Damned. There, Joe meets Mia, a pitiful creature whose future has been written by the town’s leaders, and who can’t stay without making the ultimate sacrifice. The choices Joe and Mia make together, and the bonds they create with another woman who emerges from Joe’s past, shape their lives forever, revealing the power of connections formed from the ashes of great loss.


A baseball book wrapped in a domestic drama, Mia teaches us as much about love and family as it does about the imperfect history of America’s beautiful game.

MIA, a new baseball novel by Joseph Sciuto, author of SOFIA, HOLLYWOOD RIPTIDE,


on sale on April 27, 2020 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and at fine bookstores everywhere.

Available in paperback and for all mobile devices.

Available for presale:

Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Mia-Joseph-Sciuto/dp/1771804017/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Barnes & Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/mia-joseph-sciuto/1136767464?ean=9781771804011

2 thoughts on “MIA — A Baseball Novel from Joseph Sciuto. Available April 27, 2020

  1. Wow, what an intriguing novel to come from a boy who grew up in the shadows of Yankee Stadium. Joe, this is the best news of the year for me, as you are my favorite author since Vonnegut. The only announcement that could top this is Trump is out! Sorry, back to MIA. The subject of baseball for a Bronx boy is certainly kismet. Even if this boy thinks he is “Clyde the Glide.” However, the only thing I’ve come to expect from your stories is unexpected with much humanity and benevolence.

    Joe, the initial thoughts took me to a Tonight Show appearance by Tommy Lasorda when under criticism for his 1979 season, told Johnny Carson, “I’ve got Sutton, Hutton, and Nut’un. Lasorda also vindicated himself from racist comments by utility fielder Darrel Thomas. He said,” I called the team together and ensured them we’re all Blue Dodger Blue! But if you Dark Blues don’t start hitting the ball…” Of course, I was a Billie Martin man and forever Thurman Munson fan.

    Mr.Sciuto, You’re the best. I have faith you and your Califonia friends and NY family has as much access to all things needed and are doing well! I’m looking forward to reading your newest publication.

    Your friend,



  2. Hi Ken:
    Hopefully, all is well with you and your family and friends during this terrible crisis. My family and friends are all well, thank you very much for asking.
    You are very generous with your praise, but I definitely appreciate it. Like you, I was a Billy Martin fan. I have very little respect for Mr. Lasorda as a manager, and even less as a human being. He was as much a phony as the idiot in the White House, and hopefully in November we will get Mr. Biden as our next President. I will send you a couple of books once it comes out in a few weeks. In the meantime, stay healthy and safe.

    Thank you, Joe

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