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The Diamond Revolution: The Prospects for Baseball After the Collapse of Its Ruling Class

Sullivan, Neil J.

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ISBN 10: 0312077238 / ISBN 13: 9780312077235
Published by St. Martin's Press, New York, 1992
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232, illus., tables, bibliography, index, DJ in plastic sleeve, rough spots inside rear flyleaf. The author illuminates key areas of change in Major League Baseball, including racist policies, the threat of franchise movement, free agency and arbitration, and beer and television revenues. Bookseller Inventory # 57232

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Title: The Diamond Revolution: The Prospects for ...

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, New York

Publication Date: 1992

Book Condition: good, very good

Edition: First Edition. First Printing.

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Baseball fans were either shocked or numbed when Ryne Sandberg and Bobby Bonilla signed contracts that would pay them millions more than any player in history. But these deals were only the symptoms of a war that has been going on for decades.
While baseball is played much the same as it was in the past, behind the scenes a revolution has transformed the sport. Once an all-white game performed before local audiences in cities of the north and midwest and controlled by an old guard of owners who held players in feudal bondage, baseball today is an international affair, fueled by beer and television revenues, where players enjoy free agency's lucrative bounty.
In The Diamond Revolution, Neil Sullivan examines the fall of baseball's ruling class and the rise of its new order. With a scholar's expertise and a fan's passion, Sullivan illuminates the key areas of change and what they mean for the future of baseball. Along the way he raises provocative issues, such as: how baseball's racist policies helped maintain the famous team dynasties; the El Dorado option: how owners use the threat of franchise movement to win huge taxpayer-funded concessions; free agency and arbitration: the twin demons the owners brought upon themselves; and beer and baseball: the game's golden goose and the movement that might kill it.
These and dozens of other topics reveal the side of baseball that most fans never see--a field of play where the stakes are not just games but the future of the sport itself.

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Nine innings' worth of baseball as Big Business, by Sullivan (The Minors, 1990, etc.). Baseball, argues Sullivan, is not the eternal cathedral of Field of Dreams, but rather a boisterous, bickering marketplace. The sport evolves along with the nation, he contends, and here he charts its changes and makes suggestions to secure baseball's future. Racism, the author believes, is gone from the field, but he urges owners to hire more black executives before black fans turn elsewhere in disgust. Sullivan counsels against moving teams to new cities, a maneuver that almost always backfires, and urges better management instead. He finds the stadiums of the 60's and 70's to be ``uniform utilitarian mediocrities,'' with the notable exception of Dodger Stadium, built with private funds. In a cheerier vein, he argues convincingly that league expansion doesn't dilute the quality of play (the US population, and thus the pool of available players, grows faster than baseball can handle). Sullivan sees a bright future for cable broadcasting and imagines futuristic developments like cameras secreted in the pitcher's uniform or tickets spewed out by home computers. He admonishes owners to share revenue decisions with players and urges a reassessment of baseball's romance with beer. Dull and scattered: a grab bag without a drawstring to hold it together. Sullivan offers intelligent advice, but only team owners and managers need take time out to listen. (Eight pages of b&w photos--not seen.) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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