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Taking the Field: A Fan's Quest to Run the Team He Loves Hardcover – May 10, 2011

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“With his tongue both in-cheek and out, Howard Megdal has cemented his role as baseball's Pat Paulsen. The winsome story of his campaign for Mets GM reminds us that all good fans go a little crazy from time to time, and that, in the end, is why we love the game.” ―Dan Szymborski, editor of Baseball Think Factory

“Now here's a concept any fan could get behind: Make the GM of every team RUN for election. That was Howard Megdal's brilliant idea. And while I'm not sure how many sportswriters could get elected GM, I have to admit that, after reading this thoroughly entertaining book, I'd vote for Howard. Heck, if Moneyball could work, why not Keyboard-ball?” ―Jayson Stark, ESPN

About the Author

Howard Megdal edits The Perpetual Post, writes for ESPN.com, Capital New York, MLBTradeRumors.com and many others. His previous book is The Baseball Talmud. His new book, Taking The Field, is available wherever books are sold.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1608195791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1608195794
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,177,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By bronx book nerd VINE VOICE on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There's a problem when you're reading a book and up to page 100 you keep debating on whether you should stop and read something else. That was my experience with this book. The reason? Megdal's pursuit to be "elected" general manager of the New York Mets was done with the clear goal in mind to write a book about the experience. One can charitably call this enterprise "fanciful"; uncharitably, one can call it a poor excuse to write a book. The whole effort is held up by a weak foundation of contrivance - no one ever really takes him seriously (obviously), his campaign and "support"(if you can call it that) comes via and from a small group of the captive and biased audience of Mets bloggers and their readers. The attempts at humor are weak. The one personal area that he could have expanded on, and perhaps made the book more meaningful, is his relationship to his father, a man with whom he still goes to games, and who was a great influence in his love of the Mets and of baseball. But that would probably have been too honest and revealing an exploration and out of place with the general concocted nature of the book.

On the positive side, Megdal definitely knows his baseball and his Mets. It was very edifying to read his explanations on the proper way to build a successful team - stock up the farm team with good talent so that you can trade from a position of strength; trade for or sign free agents who are entering or at their prime. Frank Cashen is, appropriately, Megdal's role model. The 1986 Mets were the fruit of Cashen's baseball knowledge and wisdom. Steve Phillips and Omar Minaya were perfect examples of how not to be a general manager.
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This book is for mets fans and I'm sure they will rate it *****. For us fans of American League teams, we would give it ***; but it is an ebook about baseball and as such is are rare bird and deserves a ***** for that. Well written by an author than knows his baseball.
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As a diehard mets fan for my 20 years, this entertaining, and informative book was extremely enjoyable to read. The author, lifelong long mets fan Howard Megdal details the many troublesome organizational moves the Mets have made over the course of their 50 year history, and makes his case for why he should be GM of the New York Mets. Throughout the book Megdal takes you through the journey of his "campaign" to become the Mets next GM through campaign events, and even online primaries on several baseball blogs throughout the internet. Megdal does not believe he should be GM because of lifelong dream to run his team, but because he simply is a diehard fan, who wants the mets to have a brighter future for his newborn baby girl. The highs, and all too many lows of being a mets fan are drawn vividly in each page, as you can feel and relate to the passion Megdal has for our team. Asides from just the Mets aspect of the book, the concept of the fans being able to select and run for GM of their team is extremely interesting. The fans are the people who make a team run, so why shouldn't they have a say in the way the team runs itself and operates? If you are a Mets fan (or just a fan of baseball) who is frustrated with the way things have been, you absolutely must read this book. The book is a quick and enjoyable read. 5 stars for anyone who loves the Mets and baseball.
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