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Dealing: The Cleveland Indians' New Ballgame: How a Small-Market Team Reinvented Itself as a Major League Contender Paperback – April 14, 2008
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There’s enough new stuff in “Dealing” that even diehard fans will learn something. The days of the sellout streak are over, and it’s often painful to read why . . . Rebuilding a baseball team is no easy task, and the Indians and Shapiro did it quicker than most. This is the story of how, and it’s a pretty good one. (Jason A. Kline News-Journal 2006-06-04)
Pluto’s surprisingly frank interviews with Shapiro, former manager Mike Hargrove, Indians president Paul Dolan and current manager Eric Wedge provide a fascinating glimpse into the gritty business of running a competitive big league club. (Jim Vickers Cleveland Magazine 2006-05-01)
For Tribe fans and serious baseball fans who are intrigued by the business side of the game, the book is a joy. Indians’ officials reveal their reasons for all the significant trades, free-agent signings and other baseball decisions of the past five years. (Jerry Roche Smart Business Network 2006-08-01)
It goes to a few places where “Moneyball” and Bob Costas have gone, but really, it’s almost the bookend for “Weaver on Strategy.” With Weaver, [Pluto] covered the on-the-field stuff, and here it’s behind-the-scenes. It teaches responsibility in a game where I don’t even want to think about the absurdity of the salaries. (Mark Zimmerman WCRF FM Radio 2006-05-30)
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While he has returned to his roots as it were for recent books on the financial sheets of the new Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians, Pluto may be best known for an outstanding oral history on the ABA, Loose Balls.
When you mention the Dolan family to sports fans in NE Ohio, you may be greeted with words that drove Howard Stern to satellite radio. In the late 1990s the Dolan family purchased the then thriving Cleveland Indians from Richard Jacobs, and have been considered cheap, incompetent and having little clue in long-term planning to bring the club back into a contender's slot for the World Series.
Pluto does an excellent job in describing how that myth does not equal the reality of new franchise owners who admittedly got in over their heads in trying to be like cash-cow franchise like the Red Sox and Yankees & have poised the team to make solid division runs in 2006 and beyond with a nucleus of players who will be with the franchise for several years.
As I write this review, though, the Tribe is mired behind the Tigers and White Sox in the AL Central & has been victim to some disturbingly erratic play. With the Cavs recent playoff run and the Browns ready to start soon, the interest level in baseball remains tepid at best. These issues may lead to a new dynamic in the club blueprint outlined in the book.Read more ›
and of course, that good ol' reliable utility player
You can shuffle your lineup any way you want to, but at the end of the day, the deck is still stacked against the owner(s). Cleveland fans feel so deprived as none of their professional sports teams have won a championship for so many years, most people can't remember the last time it happened! And they're not the only ones.
In the last few years, the rules have changed--drastically. It's hardly fair to blame the new owners (the Dolan family) for not being the previous one--Dick Jacobs. After all, Jacobs did just what he'd done all his lifetime--bought low, sold high. Sold extra-high, actually. That doesn't mean that Jacobs should be blamed for having bought the baseball team in the first place--or selling it twelve years later. Had he not bought it when he did in 1987, the Cleveland Indians might well be some other city's team. Even so, it took the Jacobs family several years to get to the high-flying mid-90s, when the playoffs were the standard by which all other accomplishments were measured. Back then, the Browns were a bunch of nobodies, and so were the Cavs. Things are vastly different now--at least for the Cavs.
Terry Pluto uses his extensive knowledge and the openness of the Dolan family, along with Mark Shapiro, to explain the last few years of baseball in Cleveland. Actually, Paul Dolan, president of the team, should almost qualify for co-author status, he appears so often and so openly, explaining the actions of himself and his family.Read more ›
A very, interesting read.
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"Dealing" is a good read for Tribe fans, but probably not as interesting for the regular baseball fan. Read morePublished on June 11, 2009 by Dixon Cayne
Replete with insight, key quotes and a smooth flow, this book is an easy and interesting read for any baseball fan, but naturally for Fans of the Feathered. Read morePublished on March 16, 2009 by NA Miles
Tremendous book. Well written and very enjoyable to read.
Terry Pluto does a tremendous job of explaining and helping the reader understand the behind the scene deals that... Read more