In the Best Interests of Baseball?: The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig

In the Best Interests of Baseball?: The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig By Andrew S. Zimbalist, Once again, Andy Zimbalist proves that no one understands the mysterious inner workings of the best game on earth better than he does With energy, thoughtfulness, and passion, he has parsed the complicated world of baseball and shown how important its business side is to its soul and its survival Ken Burns By looking at baseball from the perspective of the commissi Once again, Andy Zimbalist proves that no one understands the mysterious inner workings of the best game on earth better than he does With energy, thoughtfulness, and passion, he has parsed the complicated world of baseball and shown how important its business side is to its soul and its survival Ken Burns By looking at baseball from the perspective of the commissioner s office and its many challenges, Professor Zimbalist has been able to use his scholar s eye and his fan s heart to see the game as an ongoing enterprise that needs refreshment The fair but unsparing portrait of Bud Selig he paints is of a man who is nobody s fool and nobody s tool and now, those of us who love the game need him to start the rally that will restore baseball in America s esteem Scott Simon, host of NPR s Weekend Edition Saturday and author of Jackie Robinson and the Integration of Baseball and Home and Away Memoir of a Fan Baseball books, like the game itself, are often replete with errors But Andrew Zimbalist has written a carefully researched yet lively review of the record of the nine commissioners that is both fair and accurate It is long overdue and a superb read Fay Vincent, former commissioner of baseball Tremendously enjoyable and a must read for baseball fans Guaranteed to raise the level of discourse on sports talk radio Jim Bouton, former 20 game winning pitcher for the Yankees and author of Ball Four Andrew Zimbalist has done a very credible, eminently readable, and engaging job describing MLB s commissioners, particularly Bud Selig, who easily has become the most significant figure in baseball in decades While Selig will not necessarily share all of Zimbalist s views about the game, In the Best Interests of Baseball has thoughtfully, and perhaps uniquely, tracked many of the thorny issues that Selig confronted during baseball s new golden era John Moores, owner of the Padres and member of MLB s Executive Council I always thought Yogi Berra was the wisest source on baseball, but Zimbalist has hit a grand slam here Tom Werner, owner of the Red Sox and former owner of the Padres. In the Best Interests of Baseball The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig Once again Andy Zimbalist proves that no one understands the mysterious inner workings of the best game on earth better than he does With energy thoughtfulness and passion he has parsed the compli

  • Title: In the Best Interests of Baseball?: The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig
  • Author: Andrew S. Zimbalist
  • ISBN: 9780471735335
  • Page: 430
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. Zimbalist argues that Selig has shepherded in despite a dysfunctional culture among the owners many of the advancements of the last few decades interleague play, revenue sharing, the wild card, centralized revenue through the internet, etc You can count on Zimbalist to point why MLB owners are the scum of the earth are you listening David Glass , and this book is no exception I thought the book was difficult to get through than his other two books on baseball economics I also thought that he wa [...]

    2. The question mark at the end of the title is misleading This is NOT an impartial view of Bud Selig s regime.Revolutionary, my uh eye Like just about every commissioner before him and perhaps even so, given how he got the job Selig is a hypocrite and an enabler of obscenely rich men I get queasy every time one of these clowns invokes that best interests clause, because they confuse their masters the owners best interests with those of the game Zimbalist ought to revise this with a chapter on Sel [...]

    3. Loved it A history of the governance of baseball and the commissioners Bio s of Judge Landis, Happy Chandler and all the others up to Bud Selig Self serving Bud While the title implies this book is just about Bud, the chapters on the previous commissioners point out the flaws, warts and weaknesses of each So much could have occurred in baseball if the commissioners were better leaders The color line could have ended much earlier for one The anti trust exemption has been detrimental to baseball [...]

    4. This was an interesting read, but I would have appreciated a bit depth on well, everything It glosses over a lot of interesting areas rather than doing a deeper dive into the history of Bud Selig s reign For reference, it felt like over half the book is spent on describing the history of the commissioner s role This book could have used a historian or at least someone with a historical bent involved in the writing, or as a coauthor It s still a good reference on Selig s controversial tenure.

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