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Browning, McKinney strike back at Yanks in book
Browning, McKinney strike back at Yanks in book

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (April 12, 2012) – The story of how one Arkansan took on a five-year legal battle with one of the most powerful sports franchises in the world: the New York Yankees, will be featured at the upcoming Arkansas Literary Festival April 12-15.

Mitchell Williams attorney Jason Browning’s discovery of under-the-table dealings in professional baseball scouting and his subsequent legal battle has been detailed in a book titled Pinstripe Defection by a fellow Arkansan — Clay McKinney of Fort Smith.

On Friday, April 13, as part of the Arkansas Literary Festival, Browning and McKinney will discuss Pinstripe Defection at 6 p.m. on the first floor of the Main Library at 100 Rock St. in Little Rock.

Browning is a member of Mitchell Williams’ Litigation Section, actively engaged in medical malpractice defense. He also is a certified agent with the Major League Baseball Players Association. His experience with professional baseball includes a working knowledge of the collective bargaining agreement, drafting international representation agreements and salary arbitration.

McKinney is a Memphis native who has resided in Fort Smith for the past 11 years. He is also the author of Element, a collection of short stories published in 2008. In 2008, Clay’s story Duplicity placed third in the National Writers Association Short Story Contest. In 2010, Clay received two Honorable Mentions from the Oklahoma Writers Federation.

A summary description of the book follows: “A season of baseball can be made or broken by the right players, so with billions of dollars a year flowing through the world of professional baseball, it’s easy to see why scouts who discover the next star player might bend a few rules. It’s easy to see, too, why a team might make promises it might not keep in order to sign a talented young player, recently defected from Cuba.

“International baseball scouting can sometimes seem like the back room of a prohibition-era speakeasy — dark, daunting and, often times, corrupt. This world was revealed to Jason Browning, a 29-year-old Arkansas attorney during his five-year battle with one of the most powerful sports franchises in the world, the New York Yankees. Along the way, the attorney uncovered evidence of other under-the-table dealings.”

For more information on the book, visit http://pinstripedefection.com.