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The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers Paperback – May 17, 2016
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Finalist for the 2015 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year
"A compelling, high-stakes look at baseball.... Pessah does a great job of providing glimpses of conversations fans were not privy to, while placing them in context by describing what was happening on the field in that moment. Essential for fans of 1990s- and 2000s-era baseball."―Library Journal (starred review)
"The action is in the boardroom, not the ballpark, in this dramatic account of the business side of baseball.... Pessah includes engaging play-by-play from key games, but his focus is on contract negotiations, revenue models, politics, deal-cutting, and the commercial calculations behind moving a team or injecting steroids. The resulting account of off-field strategizing is as engrossing as any stadium showdown."―Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Engaging, nitty-gritty account of the Bud Selig era, including backroom battles with George Steinbrenner, Don Fehr and steroids."―Sports Illustrated
"Pessah has made his book read like a great novel.... The author also brilliantly shows the impact the game had and continues to have on American life, and how it maintains its prominent place in the cycle and fabric of our country's summers. Pessah is adept at revealing the ebb and flow of fan despair, anger, and joy."―Russell P. Gantos Jr., New York Journal of Books
"In clear, accessible prose, [THE GAME] covers strikes, steroids and everything in between. Not an easy task. The most memorable sections are about Steinbrenner. Pessah deftly captures the man's heavy-handed--and often underhanded--leadership."―Michael S. Schmidt, New York Times
One of "The Season's Best Baseball Books"
"A poignant account of the power struggle between three men: MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and player's union leader Don Fehr."―Robert Birnbaum, The Daily Beast
"This might be the definitive account of how front offices control Major League Baseball.... Pessah crafts freeze-frame descriptions of the most critical backroom moments of the modern era...."―Rob Fischer, Men's Journal
"There are lots of fresh notes, quotes and anecdotes in The Game, but its chief value for those who care is its meticulous reconstruction of the fraught era.... The most compelling parts of The Game deal with baseball's abject failure to confront the steroid plague."―Edward Kosner, Wall Street Journal
"A gritty and sensational history of America's national pastime... a juicy and engrossing story that reads like a thriller, with a star supporting cast... A must-read before 2016 labor negotiations begin. Pessah calls the game perfectly."―Marilyn Dahl, Shelf Awareness
About the Author
Jon Pessah was a founding editor of ESPN the Magazine. He has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, managed the sports departments for Newsday and the Hartford Courant, and edited, wrote, and ran the investigative team for ESPN the Magazine.
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The author provides plenty of details about the political savvy of Bud Selig in bringing collective peace to the game. He also calls into question the fundamental conflict of interest of Selig whose own pockets were lined as he tried to balance his role as Commissioner versus that as owner of the Milwaukee franchise.
I am not certain that Selig deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame before Marvin Miller. After all, it is Miller who organized the players and eventually that has played out to where today's average major league salary is around $3 million per year.
The book might never have been written if Miller hadn't unionized the players as the owners would have never been brought to the barging table by well-informed equals.
It is a must read for any person who cares about the game! It's an eye-opener, thorough and revealing!
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Though, I don't know how anyone can read this book and come out a fan of Bud Selig. The growth of MLB seems in spite of him not b/c of him.Read more