The Game

The Game

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

Book - 2015
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The author presents the extraordinary inside story of baseball's last twenty years, during which the genius and struggle for power of three men saved the game from self-destruction.
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2015.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316185882
Branch Call Number: 796.357 P438
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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