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For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball

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The longtime Commissioner of Major League Baseball provides an unprecedented look inside professional baseball today, focusing on how he helped bring the game into the modern age and revealing his interactions with players, managers, fellow owners, and fans nationwide.

More than a century old, the game of baseball is resistant to change—owners, m
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Published July 9th 2019 by William Morrow
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Lance
From working for his dad as a used car salesman “for only one year” to becoming the ninth commissioner of baseball, Bud Selig lived a charmed life, capped off by being elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. His work in baseball, first as an owner of the Milwaukee Brewers (and being the key person to bringing the bankrupt Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee) and then as commissioner is remembered by Selig in this memoir.

Anyone who is familiar with the game knows that Selig was commissioner during two of
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Mike Kennedy
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
Very interesting autobiography from the ninth commissioner of baseball. Bud Selig grew up in Milwaukee with a love of baseball that was passed on by his mother. After graduating college, he joined his dad’s very successful car business. That changed when the Milwaukee Braves left town. He was heartbroken. He started a group to bring baseball back to Milwaukee. He succeeded in 1971 when he moved the Seattle Pilots to Milwaukee to become the Brewers.

After owning the team for twenty years, he took
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Alan Kaplan
Aug 03, 2019 rated it liked it
I went to a talk by Bud Selig and as part of the admission, you received a copy of this book, signed by Selig himself. The talk was basically a summary of the book, and he told all of the interesting parts at his lecture. Basically, Selig states that when he took over as acting and later on as baseball commissioner, the sport was in dire straits. Many of the small and medium market teams were in danger of closing up shop. This may or may not be true, but it definitely worked on forcing the citie ...more
DunkinDad
Jan 01, 2020 rated it liked it
As a reader and a Milwaukee Brewers fan, I picked up this memoir with high expectations and set it down with renewed regard for Frank Deford. The late Sports Illustrated writer profiled Selig in 2002 ("Suicide Squeeze: Bud Selig Has Put His Legacy on the Line by Tightening the Screws on the Players' Union. If There's a Strike This Season, He'll Be the One Who Takes the Fall," July 8). Selig mentions the profile only once -- "When the story came out, I was almost afraid to read it," he writes on ...more
Eric
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
The first half covers Selig's early years, which made for dull reading. The second half, when we finally get to his time as commissioner is better, but Selig doesn't give us nearly enough detail. I would really like to read a book dealing with the 1994-1995 baseball strike, as well as the steroids scandal, as I think that both of these unfortunate events have an impact on the baseball we see today. I consider myself to be a supporter of Selig's, I think his changes were necessary and have worked ...more
Andrew Watkins
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Admittedly, I didn’t like Bud Selig before reading the book. Now I like him even less. As the 9th commissioner of Major League Baseball, he definitely had an important and influential tenure. If you want a more objective and better written account of that tenure, read “The Game” by John Pessah.

This book is more or less the somewhat disorganized ramblings of Bud Selig, but if you want to know what he thinks about various issues in baseball, he’ll tell you in this book. There are lots of people he
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Michael Rhoda
Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty interesting read of inside baseball by the former commissioner. But my god, this guy is pompous, prone to Trumpisms such as "Nobody likes/ cares about/ did more... than me" on multiple issues. He even claims to have invented the Rooney Rule for interviewing minority candidates, renaming it the Selig Rule. Still, learned a lot about the inner workings of baseball.
Zach Koenig
Oct 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm always wary of autobiographies or memoirs. Unless a subject is a solid writer with great internal perspective, they can come off as many different things other than "good". That's exactly what happens here in Bud Selig's "For The Good Of The Game".

Because Selig was the commissioner of Major League Baseball for a long time, he is going to have stories to share and be able to convey a sense of historical context/gravitas. He does both of those things pretty well in this book. When the text is
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Lane
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
An interesting read on baseball especially on Selig's time as commissioner. It is good to have his view and to place it in context of all of the other stories about the era. The steroid period is still controversial and it is interesting to have Selig's view. The editing could have been a little tighter (several repeats of events and ideas) and more details would have made it more interesting. Definitely a must read for any baseball fan.
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free review copy of this book from Edeweiss in exchange for an honest review.)

The longtime Commissioner of Major League Baseball provides an unprecedented look inside professional baseball today, focusing on how he helped bring the game into the modern age and revealing his interactions with players, managers, fellow owners, and fans nationwide.
More than a century old, the game of baseball is resistant to change—owners, managers, players, and fans all hate it. Yet, now more than ev
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Kate Schwarz
Sep 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book—it gave me a better appreciation for the business of baseball, and who better to tell the story than the guy who oversaw it for about two decades, during which there was scandal, drama, and hard times? The book is an interesting read, and I plan on buying my grandpa, who played semi-professional ball in the 1940s, a copy of it.
Michael Travis
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished this book and came full circle in landing with admiration and respect for Bud Selig, his story, his love for the game and the results he facilitated during some pretty tumultuous and at times ugly times in baseball. I now wish that I had stopped him at the WBC inaugural championship game in San Diego when we walked by each other and thanked him for his service to the game.
John Bolles
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All real baseball fans (especially those in Milwaukee and the rest of the State of Wisconsin) should read this book. It provides tremendous insight into the business of baseball going back to the late 1950’s.
Marc
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
SELIG'S BOOK IS A GREAT READ FOR BASEBALL FANS, THOUGH IT OCCASIONALLY FALLS VICTIM TO THE EGOTISM OF MANY AUTOBIOGRAPHIES

Baseball fans will enjoy this book as I did. Bud Selig, the baseball czar for 23 years, had a major impact on many pivotal issues that baseball dealt with during his regime and his description of those ordeals translates to entertaining reading.

The major issues he dealt with during his regime would have caused mere mortals to shriek with horror: Resolving the terrible scandal
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Ken Heard
I never really was a Bud Selig fan after he tried to move the Minnesota Twins either to Montreal or to Charlotte, N.C., for "the good of the game." Never mind that his daughter owned the Milwaukee Brewers at the time and competed for the television and fan market. Getting rid of the Twins would boost revenue for Milwaukee. ( I grew up in Minnesota and love the Twins, hence the bias.)

Also, the 1994 strike. I was in St. Louis trying to get friends to go to the last Cardinals' home game before the
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Nathaniel
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it
First lets start with the obvious: Anybody who thinks they matter enough to the public to write a memoir, even a brief one like this, has perhaps an oversized ego. If you read a memoir and expect it to be balanced with the other side of an issue you care about, you're just setting yourself up to hate the book.

Memoirs are vanity projects generally. If you read them as part of a historical record, and understand they are probably not going to admit EVERYTHING the ever did wrong, or say they comple
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Richard
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I didn't especially like Bud Selig all these years. I considered him a bit stuffy and lacking in emotion. Growing up near Cincinnati, I also thought he failed to give Pete Rose a fair shot at reinstatement. I also wondered how he could be objective as commissioner while owning one of the teams himself.

Well, after reading this book, I've changed my mind about Bud Selig. This guy truly has been passionate about baseball for more than six decades. He strived to keep baseball in Milwaukee when the B
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Tommy
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a bad read, and perhaps a perfect summation of a man I've always believed motivated by little more than money, self-congratulatory and short-sighted. The argument that "baseball was on the brink of collapse" is spurious. True, many of the problems (labor, and drug testing) were inherited, but the solutions, such was they were, were inevitable. I have long considered Selig a man with the particular talent to be in the right place at the right time. This book did little to persuade me otherwis ...more
Tim Baker
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was surprised by how much I loved this book. As a lifelong baseball fan that grew up with the game during Selig's reign as Commissioner, this was a nostalgic view of the good, bad and ugly of baseball in the 90's and 2000's. Everything from the strike that killed the '94 World Series, 9/11 and the steroid era is heavily detailed in this book.

While it was easy to blame Selig for turning a blind eye during the steroid era in favor of increased revenues and ratings, hearing it from his point of v
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Jeff
Sep 04, 2019 rated it liked it
While I will always be grateful for Bud Selig for first bringing to town, and then keeping, the Milwaukee Brewers I will admittedly always be hard pressed to tip the scales in his favor. The cancellation of the 1994 World Series, the tie in the 2002 All Star Game, the All Star Game deciding home field advantage in the World Series, and the rampant steroid use during his tenure as Commissioner have jaded me against him.
That said, this was an interesting read being able to see his side of his(to m
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Brendan
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
More an autobiography than an analysis of baseball’s major changes, I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I have always had a low opinion of Bud Selig as commissioner, as debacles like the 1994 strike, the All Star Game tie (and worse overreaction by tying it to the World Series) and steroid Era all occurred on his watch. But Selig has been involved in baseball for over 50 years, with a prominent role during most of that time as owner and later commissioner, and has both something to ...more
Dave Reads
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Milwaukee baseball fans revere Bud Selig as the man who saved major baseball in Milwaukee….twice. When the Braves moved to Atlanta, he worked tirelessly to get a new team for the city. Eventually, the Pilots gave up on Seattle and the team moved to Milwaukee as the Brewers. Then when offers were being made to move the Brewers away from its aging stadium, Selig led the charge to build a new state of the art stadium. Then when the owners turned to him to be Commissioner of baseball, he explains in ...more
Kyle Coreth
2.5/5
A pretty interesting read for a baseball fan, but Selig comes off as super self-congratulatory and biased in this. He begins his own memoir with a chapter essentially on how much he hates Barry Bonds and really tries to push his agenda on people in the game he doesn't like. Especially with many players (Sosa, McGwire, Rose) who he refers to constantly as "cheaters", which is true, but he tries to deny the fact that baseball heavily benefited from them. McGwire and Sosa's home run chase in t
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Paul Miller
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've never been a Bud Selig fan - he and Sarah Sanders always have struck me as similar types. Glum, dour, never happy,.... not a fun person to be around. The Bud Selig we meet in this book isn't the life of the party but comes across as a real, \ likable guy - his explanations of how he became an owner in Milwaukee, felt about them moving to Atlanta, acted as commissioner dealing with cocaine and steroids.... struck me as very reasonable. Perhaps it's because it confirmed what I've always belie ...more
Christine
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Self indulgent and self congratulatory. Skipped the first 80 pages about him growing up as I wasn't interested and the book wasn't advertised as a biography. Quite a few pages about work stoppages and why the players union was not interested in the health of its own players or of the game; this was angled to make himself and the owners look good in comparison. Many stories about his successes such as getting Theo Epstein to Chicago, and of course Theo was very grateful to him. I was disappointed ...more
Sandy
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: adult, biography
3.5 stars. This was a compelling read. I especially enjoyed the early chapters that focused on Bud's early love of the game, his youthful obsession with the Milwaukee Braves, and how be brought the Pilots to Milwaukee to become the Brewers. I'm truly impressed at how well-connected Selig was, in his youth, and the entire book is a testament to how good he must be at networking and building relationships.

Occasionally I was confused about how he got from Point A to Point B. For example, I understo
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Mark
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Based on this memoir Bud Selig is a great example of a borderline megalomaniac living a fully unexamined life. The book opens with a searing indictment of Barry Bonds, making Bonds personally responsible for every bad thing that ever happened in baseball, then contrasts him with Hank Aaron, evidently a paragon of godlike purity. It may be true about Aaron, but Bonds is a much more complex character. In any case, Bud is not a reliable narrator. He regales us with the story of how baseball was sav ...more
Jim
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an entertaining and well written story about Bud Selig’s lifetime in baseball and his transformational tenure as the long serving commissioner in baseball. Lots of interesting information is packed into the book. It’s a fun read which is enjoyable from a baseball perspective and from a general information perspective. I did not know much about Selig before reading his book. I am satisfied now that if I ever got to watch a few innings with him, it would be a great day. About the only thin ...more
Andrew Spencer
3 stars not 4 because he rambles on a bit at times. Otherwise it’s a very fascinating account of how Baseball has changed over the decades, and a very unique insight that only 8 other people have on the game. As someone who loved Baseball and lived through issues like the strikes (work stoppages, not successfully thrown pitches), home run records being broken by steroid users, the introduction of inter league play and other interesting changes, I really enjoyed hearing the perspective of the Com ...more
Shawn
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For any fan of baseball, while reading this book there will certainly be memories that will be relived, but you will also learn a lot of information. About how Selig was hoping to not be present when Bonds broke Aaron’s home run record, the discussions regarding the White House and ending the strike that shortened the 1994 season, and some of the CBA discussions. While there was certainty a lot of details and information provided in this book, it was also one-sided. Selig had excuses for when th ...more
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