Book Reviews erences Macho Row’s alleged dalliances (to put it mildly) with PEDs, making the ’93 club an early poster child for one of the most troubling eras of base- ball. This taint, along with the fact that Macho Row’s denizens appear to have been particularly unlikeable individuals, should cast a darker hue on the ’93 club but somehow here it doesn’t. Kashatus doesn’t shy away from discuss- ing Macho Row’s alleged PED use and pointing out just how unpleasant these players could be but he clearly loves this club anyway. Some readers might feel differently, at least in hindsight. Finally, Kashatus hits on a fascinating point near the end of the book when he quotes A’s GM Billy Beane remarking on how the ’93 Phils, with their patient approaches at the plate and their cumulatively high on- base percent- age, became something of a blueprint for the “Moneyball” approach he would go on to institute in Oakland within the next several years. Here, Beane real- ized as he watched the ’93 Phils, was a new way to construct a lineup, one which could be done on the cheap, which was how Lee Thomas, the Phillies’ GM, was compelled
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Published: Dec 19, 2017
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