Chasing Steinbrenner: Pursuing the Pennant in Boston and Toronto

Overview

The most storied rivalry in baseball is the Yankees and the Red Sox, despite what often seems like an annual exercise in disappointment in New England. Despite having a comparatively brief and less operatic history of losing to the Bronx Bombers than do the Sox, the Blue Jays were once the team to beat in the American League East. Now Boston and Toronto are again gunning for the top, led by a pair of young general managers. Theo Epstein of the Red Sox and J. P. Ricciardi of the Blue Jays represent a new ...
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Overview

The most storied rivalry in baseball is the Yankees and the Red Sox, despite what often seems like an annual exercise in disappointment in New England. Despite having a comparatively brief and less operatic history of losing to the Bronx Bombers than do the Sox, the Blue Jays were once the team to beat in the American League East. Now Boston and Toronto are again gunning for the top, led by a pair of young general managers. Theo Epstein of the Red Sox and J. P. Ricciardi of the Blue Jays represent a new generation of general managers, weaned on two decades of baseball analysis that started with the groundbreaking work of Bill James and Pete Palmer.

Without the Yankees’ financial advantages, both Epstein and Ricciardi contend by carefully building their organizations and their big-league squads with a blend of financial good sense, scouting know-how, and the kind of analysis that helped them reach their positions in the game today. Indeed, both GMs now have such people as Bill James and Keith Law (formerly of the Baseball Prospectus) to help them crunch numbers and take their best shots at beating the Yankees.

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"The fascinating part of Chasing Steinbrenner is watching each of these teams and the wizards behind their respective curtains trying to catch Georgie Porgie's club in their own unique ways."

"If the inside game of baseball fascinates you, then Chasing Steinbrenner is a book you'll likely enjoy."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574888614
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/30/2004
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.42 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

ROB BRADFORD works the Red Sox beat for the LOWELL SUN. He has also contributed to the SPORTING NEWS. A former collegiate baseball player, he lives in Boston.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The birth (and death) of a season 1
Ch. 2 From Cuba to Beaumont and back 28
Ch. 3 Postcards from a picnic table 62
Ch. 4 A general manager's first game 90
Ch. 5 New beginnings getting old 117
Ch. 6 Fourteen days to sanity 147
Ch. 7 The good, the bad, and the Kielty 177
Ch. 8 The crustacean creation 202
Ch. 9 And now for his musical interlude 225
Ch. 10 Somewhat happy trails 253
Epilogue - the chase continues 288
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