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This isn't a commentator's diatribe against the sport, but rather a fan's case for baseball. What do I want? I think the same thing that most baseball fans want: To see the game prove worthy of our devotion.
Bob Costas loves baseball. And he's worried about the state of the game--superstar players abandoning the teams that helped them rise to greatness, the awkward interleague play system, the pennant-race-weakening wild cards, and the payroll disparity that effectively eliminates two-thirds of the teams in the league from having any chance to win the World Series--even before opening day. Costas addresses these problems and offers provocative solutions in Fair Ball.
Costas makes it clear from the outset that he's not a romantic, baseball-should-be-played-in-flannel traditionalist; indeed, some of his ideas--comprehensive revenue sharing and salary caps and floors--will be seen as radical by many team owners and players. Others are more standard--no more wild card, and farewell to the DH--but all are thoughtful and cogently argued.
Throughout Fair Ball Costas's affection for the national pastime softens his occasionally strident tone. Ultimately, all baseball fans want the same thing; Costas's ideas, if adopted, would go a long way toward returning the game to full health. --Sunny Delaney --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
TL;DR: "Baseball is at record-high levels of attendance and TV viewership, here in 2001, and the popularity of the sport is booming like never before. Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Real
This is a good novel that makes a great case of what is wrong with baseball. Costas does a great job explaining the economic problems as well as the problems with changes to the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert A. Raymond
Booring ego laced Costas at his worst. You want a book to boor you to sleep...this is it. Who cares about Costas's writing. He should stick to running his mouth at TV gamesPublished 13 months ago by Britman
Bob Costas is one of America's best-known baseball, and for that matter, sports broadcasters. He has called numerous World Series, All Star, and League Championship games His... Read morePublished on June 29, 2010 by Mark Ahrens
This book gives some good suggestions on needed improvement in the MLB organization. During his speech at the Speaker Series he mentioned that a lot of the points that he brings... Read morePublished on June 29, 2007 by William S. Oetting
I am one of those fans of baseball that has left the game. My exodus started after the strike in the early nineties and the gradual decline continued over several years. Read morePublished on September 7, 2006 by Charles Ashbacher
A well written, concise book about the problems in baseball today, Fair Ball is a book that is now old. Read morePublished on July 27, 2006 by Ignatious Valve
Kostas critiques baseball and proposes several common-sense changes. He attacks extended playoffs, and shows how the current revenue disparities make it difficult for many... Read morePublished on December 14, 2005 by K.A.Goldberg
This book is only really slightly dated as MLB baseball is slightly different now - A) the "luxury tax" system penalizes big money teams who go over a certain limit (and the system... Read morePublished on July 18, 2005 by Robert Burns