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Former Lowell pitcher and coach Emil DeAndreis now an author

There were days when Lowell pitching coach Emil DeAndreis — the AAA’s 2004 Pitcher of the Year — dreamed of being critiqued by Mike Krukow and Tim Flannery, or interviewed on KNBR by someone like Marty Lurie. In the past two months, the 31-year-old has indeed drawn favorable reviews from the group, but not as the talented left-handed pitcher he once was, but as an author. DeAndreis releases his second book “Hard to Grip,” a memoir of his youth, baseball and chronic illness, on Thursday. “Emil’s passion for the game brings me back to childhood,” writes Flannery, the former third-base coach for the Giants. Krukow calls DeAndreis’ latest offering a vibrant depiction of a ballplayer that finds his way despite losing his ability to play the game he loves. The only child of musically gifted and humorous parents, DeAndreis was voted class clown his senior year, though he took baseball seriously. The book chronicles mostly fun and humorous twists and turns through high school and college. At 23 and entering his physical prime, he was asked a question that would change his life: “What do you know about rheumatoid arthritis?” When he came back home, longtime Lowell head coach John Donohue gave him a call and thought DeAndreis would be a perfect pitching coach. Lowell head coach Daryl Semien, whose nephew Marcus is the A’s shortstop, said DeAndreis is the perfect mentor for his Cardinals (11-7). MaxPreps senior writer Mitch Stephens covers high school sports for The Chronicle.

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