The Politics of Baseball: Essays on the Pastime and Power at Home and Abroad (review)

The Politics of Baseball: Essays on the Pastime and Power at Home and Abroad (review) Book Reviews for a football card is $10,000 (44), though at least two dozen individual cards have sold in excess of that price in recent years, with at least one selling for more than $200,000. Further fact-checking did not reveal any other errors, however, and those identified did not detract from or contradict Lewis's assertions. Overall, Lewis successfully integrates baseball history and MLB's business practices into a geopolitical economic model. While the first decades of MLB as a business were owner-dominated and stable, the overreliance on hard power actually caused the league to stagnate and hindered development. Racial integration and the slowly growing power of the players forced owners to be take a more global view, but it took time for them to move past the traditional hard power approach to a smart power strategy, one the league still struggles to effectively implement. Lewis's understanding of political and economic cycles allows him to apply them to the game and business of baseball in a way that is both logical and instructive, and MLB would be wise to give his strategies serious consideration. Ron Briley, ed. The Politics of Baseball: Essays on the Pastime and Power at Home and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture University of Nebraska Press

The Politics of Baseball: Essays on the Pastime and Power at Home and Abroad (review)

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Book Reviews for a football card is $10,000 (44), though at least two dozen individual cards have sold in excess of that price in recent years, with at least one selling for more than $200,000. Further fact-checking did not reveal any other errors, however, and those identified did not detract from or contradict Lewis's assertions. Overall, Lewis successfully integrates baseball history and MLB's business practices into a geopolitical economic model. While the first decades of MLB as a business were owner-dominated and stable, the overreliance on hard power actually caused the league to stagnate and hindered development. Racial integration and the slowly growing power of the players forced owners to be take a more global view, but it took time for them to move past the traditional hard power approach to a smart power strategy, one the league still struggles to effectively implement. Lewis's understanding of political and economic cycles allows him to apply them to the game and business of baseball in a way that is both logical and instructive, and MLB would be wise to give his strategies serious consideration. Ron Briley, ed. The Politics of Baseball: Essays on the Pastime and Power at Home and

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NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and CultureUniversity of Nebraska Press

Published: Jul 21, 2011

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