The Game

The Game

Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers

Book - 2015
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In the fall of 1992, America's National Pastime is in crisis and already on the path to the unthinkable: canceling a World Series for the first time in history. The owners are at war, their decades-long battle with the players has turned America against both sides, and the players' growing addiction to steroids will threaten the game's very foundation. It is a crucial moment in the game's history that catalyzes a struggle for power by three strong-willed men: Commissioner Bud Selig, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and union leader Don Fehr. It's their uneasy alliance at the end of decades of struggle that pulls the game back from the brink and turns it into a money-making powerhouse that enriches them all. This is the real story of baseball, played out against a tableau of stunning athletic feats, high-stakes public battles, and backroom political deals-- with a supporting cast that includes Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire, Joe Torre and Derek Jeter, George Bush and George Mitchell, and many more. Drawing from hundreds of extensive, exclusive interviews, this is a rigorously reported, definitive account of how an enormous struggle for power turned disaster into baseball's Golden Age.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316185882
Branch Call Number: 796.357 PESSAH
Characteristics: viii, 648 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 25 cm


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Jul 14, 2016

John Pessah provides us with a thorough look at Bud Selig's tenure as the commissioner of baseball, from the '94 strike to the steroid scandals that rocked the sport. As I read this book, I got the impression that Selig is the ultimate weasel, strongly advocating for revenue sharing as a way to mask his complete inability to field a winning team. I'm sorry, but if the Expos could do it in 1994 with the lowest payroll, then there are no excuses Bud. Also, as you read how MLB teams bully local and state governments to build them new stadiums by threatening to move their teams elsewhere, it makes you wonder where professional sports would be without corporate welfare. One solution would be to revoke the sport's antitrust exemption - but I won't hold my breath.


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