In the Best Interests of Baseball?: The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig
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In the Best Interests of Baseball?: The Revolutionary Reign of Bud Selig

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"The season's best book so far gets right to the heart of the game's survival at the organizational level." --The Boston Globe

"A compelling examination of the national pastime as seen through the prism of the commissioner's office." --The Wall Street Journal

"A thoughtful and objective analysis of baseball's labor and economic policy evolution. Interesting, relevant, and a...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by John Wiley & Sons (first published March 10th 2006)
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Zimbalist argues that Selig has shepherded in -- despite a dysfunctional culture among the owners -- many of the advancements of the last few decades (interleague play, revenue sharing, the wild card, centralized revenue through the internet, etc). You can count on Zimbalist to point why MLB owners are the scum of the earth (are you listening David Glass?), and this book is no exception. I thought the book was more difficult to get through than his other two books on baseball economics. I also t...more
The question mark at the end of the title is misleading. This is NOT an impartial view of Bud Selig's regime.

Revolutionary, my --uh-- eye. Like just about every commissioner before him -- and perhaps even more so, given how he got the job-- Selig is a hypocrite and an enabler of obscenely rich men. I get queasy every time one of these clowns invokes that "best interests" clause, because they confuse their masters'-- the owners'-- best interests with those of the game. Zimbalist ought to revise t...more
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Loved it! A history of the governance of baseball and the commissioners. Bio's of Judge Landis, Happy Chandler and all the others up to Bud Selig. Self serving Bud. While the title implies this book is just about Bud, the chapters on the previous commissioners point out the flaws, warts and weaknesses of each. So much more could have occurred in baseball if the commissioners were better leaders. The color line could have ended much earlier for one. The anti-trust exemption has been more detrimen...more
This was an interesting read, but I would have appreciated a bit more depth on... well, everything. It glosses over a lot of interesting areas rather than doing a deeper dive into the history of Bud Selig's reign. (For reference, it felt like over half the book is spent on describing the history of the commissioner's role.)

This book could have used a historian--or at least someone with a more historical bent--involved in the writing, or as a coauthor. It's still a good reference on Selig's contr...more
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