The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers

The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers

by Jon Pessah


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ISBN-13: 9780316185882
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 656
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Jon Pessah was a founding editor of ESPN the Magazine and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He managed the sports departments at Newsday and the Hartford Courant, and has edited, run the investigative team, and written for ESPN.

Table of Contents

Prologue 3

Part I Changing of the Guard (1992-1994)

Chapter 1 In Bud We Trust 11

Chapter 2 A Whole New World 31

Chapter 3 Inextricably Linked 42

Chapter 4 Resurrection 50

Chapter 5 System Failure 65

Chapter 6 For the Good of the Game 81

Chapter 7 Everything to Lose 92

Chapter 8 Fehr Strikes 103

Part II Art of the Deal (1994-1996)

Chapter 9 Endgame 115

Chapter 10 Fehr's Day in Court 127

Chapter 11 Back to Work 140

Chapter 12 New Foundations 153

Chapter 13 True Lies 166

Chapter 14 Dynasty 180

Chapter 15 Deal! 191

Part III Secret of Success (1997-2000)

Chapter 16 Setting Up Shop 205

Chapter 17 Almost Perfect 220

Chapter 18 Secrets 233

Chapter 19 Question of Balance 248

Chapter 20 Ring for Roger 267

Chapter 21 Hope and Faith 278

Chapter 22 Dollars and No Sense 293

Part IV Power Play (2001-2003)

Chapter 23 Miller Time 301

Chapter 24 More Than a Game 313

Chapter 25 Bud's Bluff 331

Chapter 26 Trouble Ahead 342

Chapter 27 New Deals 356

Chapter 28 Renovations 365

Chapter 29 Tipping Point 373

Chapter 30 Looking for Answers 387

Chapter 31 Testing Positive 395

Part V Revisionist History (2004-2007)

Chapter 32 Government Intervention 409

Chapter 33 Curses 425

Chapter 34 Selig's Choice 433

Chapter 35 Transfer of Power 447

Chapter 36 Calling Mr. Mitchell 464

Chapter 37 Last Stand 478

Chapter 38 A Change in Plans 495

Chapter 39 Mitchell Gets His Man 502

Chapter 40 Questions and Answers 514

Part VI Legacy (2008-2010)

Chapter 41 The More Things Change 531

Chapter 42 Moving On 546

Chapter 43 Road to Cooperstown 558

Epilogue 575

Acknowledgments 594

Notes and Sources 597

Index 631

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The Game: Inside the Secret World of Major League Baseball's Power Brokers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
Review: The last two decades has seen many events occur in Major League Baseball, both on and off the field.  From home run records being broken to players being tested for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and from a player’s strike that wiped out the 1994 World Series to the threat of contracting two teams, the era was defined by a quest for power. Three men were the central characters of this quest – Commissioner Bud Selig, player’s union director Don Fehr and New York Yankee owner George Steinbrenner – and how their battles ultimately shaped the game are reported in this well-researched book by Jon Pessah.  Drawn upon hundreds of hours of interviews from numerous sources, people and teams, the reporting on the issues of the last twenty years is written in a narrative that is both entertaining and compelling.  The back cover states that the book was five years in the making, and given the extensive coverage of the game’s finances and later its response to allegations of the use of PEDs, that doesn’t sound like a stretch at all. How these three men affected these issues will grab the reader’s interest and won’t let go.  “Power” is an appropriate word to use for the goals of these three men, as all three are portrayed as men who believe they know what is best for the game and his constituents.  Whether it’s Selig wanting to force the owners into a revenue sharing agreement, Fehr insisting on getting the truth about labor negotiations or Steinbrenner spending more on one player he thinks the Yankees need for another championship than what some teams spend on the entire payroll, this book covers all the major issues. The sections and passages on Selig might be considered the most damning, mainly because Pessah portrays him as a man who is primarily concerned about what his legacy on the game will be.  Several times, this is mentioned, including from the point of view for Selig.  For example, during the tumultuous labor negotiations that lead to the 1994 strike, Selig implemented a salary cap plan and believed that “when history is written, they will look back on this day and realize it was Bud Selig who saved Major League Baseball.”  That, of course, did not last as it was struck down later in court.  Selig’s plan to contract the Montreal Expos and Minnesota Twins in late 2001 was similarly struck down and that is covered in detail as well with Selig again believing he was doing the right thing with the blessing of other owners.  While Fehr and Steinbrenner do not escape scrutiny from Pessah, the most critical passages are saved for Selig.  The book, while containing critical parts, does not editorialize or offer suggestions or solutions.  It is an investigative report first and foremost and reads like one. This report is one that while lengthy, is one that is must reading for every person who cares about the game of baseball.  I wish to thank Mr. Pessah and the publisher for providing a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. Pace of the book: While very detailed and at times the subject matter may be considered dry, this was a good paced book.  The breaks in each chapter when Pessah switches the main character to one of the other three men helps keep the book moving along.    Do I recommend?  This is a must read for anyone interested in the recent history of baseball, especially for the labor issues and the matter of performance enhancing drug use and testing.  This book is important for learning about why the game is in the current state it finds itself today. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this book feels like being in the stadiums, offices, and locker rooms with baseball's biggest names. Once you start, it's impossible to put down.