Balanced by Costas' unbridled appreciation for what he calls the "moments of authenticity" that can still make baseball inspiring, Fair Ball offers a vision of our national pastime as it can be, a game that retains its traditional appeal while initiating meaningful changes that will allow it to thrive into the next century.
©2000 Bob Costas; (P)2000 Random House, Inc.
Costas makes good arguments in favor of a salary cap (and floor) and against the DH. The salary cap takes up most of the book. He spends a little time talking about "radical realignment" which thankfully never occurred. He also gives interesting (though outdated by now) numbers related to revenue sharing among the teams. Overall a good book if you're interested in the financial structure and operations of baseball.
This book shows the best of what was a great broadcaster who had his finger on the pulse of the sport. I do not agree with all of what he talks about, but there is no lack of passion and reason to his arguments. Today, I feel Costas has a bitter voice when it comes to sports, almost as if he is above it all. This was a great time to get a picture of what he felt when he was really into baseball.
I like how he logically made predictions to things that happen over a decade later. I also like how he sums it up when you know your team doesn't have much of a chance because of "unfair" non-competitive reasons.
Do not make a movie based on this.
If you are a fan of baseball this is an interesting look back at how the sport has changed, why it changed, and someone's solutions to make it better. He does a great job of narrating the book also.
Bob Kostas is good. Bob Kostas is smart. Bob Kostas knows baseball.
This is a look at what MLB could do to get better. The owners are not good, they are not smart, so there is little chance baseball will improve.
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