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Dropping the Ball: Baseball's Troubles and How We Can and Must Solve Paperback – March 1, 2010
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"This is a must-read book and one that I feel has something for everyone." -- Hank Aaron
"An eloquent plea for decency and loyalty from one of today's premier ambassadors of the game." -- The Boston Globe
"If you love the game of baseball as much as Dave Winfield does, attention must be paid to his poignant and heartfelt words...full of common sense and wisdom." -- New York Daily News --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Michael Levin writes and ghostwrites in Orange County, California, where he runs www.Business Ghost.com.
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Another reviewer points out that there are no "A-ha!" moments in this. I have to agree with him, HOWEVER, I think that is really actually the point. What Winfield proposes in this book is not earth-shattering, but one must believe that implementing these changes, the game will be better, both on and off the field. What is so shocking, to me, is that implementing a lot of these changes should really be so simple that the true "A-ha!" is that they aren't already being done!
What muddles the book, though, is that the book does get to be a bit rambly. It is hard not to feel like this is a beefed-up transcription of a monologue that Winfield gave one afternoon. It seems to me, though, that any type of book, whether about baseball or politics or knitting, in which the author is making a proposal, or making a pitch to a certain way of thinking, that there will be some extent of "ramble".
I would take Winfield to task, though, in that he at times seems to ignore the white elephant in the corner of the room. He, at times, lets people off the hook a little too easily and does not take them to task. But you should kind of expect that from him. I'm not questioning his integrity, but, as others have pointed out, he has one foot in both sectors of the game- as the former player and the current executive. His allegiances are, unfortunately, prone to being a bit murky.Read more ›
"Making the Play" is both an encouraging and discouraging read at the same time if you're a fan of America's greatest pastime. Winfield, himself a lover of the game as well as one of it's participants, is an active member of the baseball community and continues to promote its development through this book but I doubt that the book will end up making much of a difference. As he discusses so much of what needs to change to help change the culture are top-down efforts that directly support and enable more grassroot efforts to instill the love and development of the game within a youthful population that is being pulled in so many different directions and has so many people to idolize that are ultimately more accessible to them than baseball stars. He is sober-minded but optimistic that this can still happen.
The read of this book is rather dry. Co-author Michael Levin assists and keeps a quick pace but the guys avoid flourishes and overuse of anecdotal material.Read more ›
Apparently, Dave told himself one day: "I gotta' write down what's wrong with baseball." -And this is the result. Dropping The Ball is a nice, over-coffee review of everything about the game and what needs improvement and what to do about it. He makes some good points, but very few are of the "Ah-hah!" eye-opening variety one might expect of someone on a mission of change.
One of the forever-recurring themes of the book is that "[MLB] isn't doing enough to market [baseball] properly" hence, he says, the drop-off in fan interest across the board. He gently complains about the inferior abilities of some players, but doesn't address league over-expansion, which may be the cause of it. Too, Winfield could have zeroed-in on the hows and whys of over-priced tickets...and the major-league out-of-pocket costs for game-day hot-dogs, beer, pizza, parking and Pepsi. He didn't. Dave, what about the new pasteurized, kid-friendly, Disney-land-like stadiums that waterdown youngster interest in the game? [Didn't Las Vegas learn that pandering to the under-12 crowd just didn't work?] -And how come corporate elements can easily get playoff tickets while the average fan doesn't have a chance? Dave doesn't say. He (only in passing) mentions the crazy-high player salaries, but our author doesn't attribute big-time fan disinterest in and detachment from the game to them.
--But one thing is clear.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Now a word on the virtues of presentation over content. Translated, that means this review will center on style rather than substance, exactly the opposite approach to what most... Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by WDX2BB
Winfield is probably one of the best if not the best player to play at all-star quality all the way into his 40s. Read morePublished on July 29, 2010 by Pinstripes Forever
Former star Dave Winfield presents an intelligent, wide-reaching plan for getting baseball back to its status as the nation's number one sport. Read morePublished on January 16, 2010 by K.A.Goldberg
This book deals with specific problems, and proposes specific solutions. This probably is for people who are interested in baseball, but this reflects a person that has... Read morePublished on August 29, 2009 by Jeffrey C. Reynolds
off the Bat when George Steinbrenner is the doing the introduction then you know anything can be resolved. Read morePublished on July 22, 2007 by MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD
Great book! I really enjoyed reading Dave's prospective of the game I love. I found it purposeful, direct and full of great solutions for improving America's pasttime. Read morePublished on May 21, 2007 by Faye
Being a person who noticed the whiteness of baseball crowds for years now, I took to the call to urgency made by Winfield and Levin in this book. Read morePublished on April 15, 2007 by Michael M. Wehrman