Chasing Steinbrenner: Pursuing the Pennant in Boston and Toronto

Chasing Steinbrenner: Pursuing the Pennant in Boston and Toronto

by Rob Bradford
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781574888706
Publisher:
Potomac Books
Publication date:
10/31/2005
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

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Dan Shaughnessy
From the author of The Curse of the Bambino:
Immerse yourself in the 2003 baseball season from inside the offices of the Toronto Blue Jays and the Boston Red Sox. Rob Bradford recreates the baseball year that tortured fans in two countries and one Red Sox Nation.
Josh Lewin
From the Fox Sports announcer and author of Getting in the Game: Inside Baseball’s Winter Meetings:
More and more, the game behind the scenes is becoming as interesting as the game on the field. Rob Bradford has captured this phenomenon in an engaging style and gets you close to some of the most charismatic and important behind-the-scenes types in baseball.

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