Thursday, March 09, 2006

Zimbalist Interview At Federal Baseball

Major Kudos to Basil at Federal Baseball for his book review and interview with famed economist/baseball academic, Andrew Zimbalist.

It's an excellent review that I can't recommend more highly, even if it'll take you some time to get through it.

Zimbalist's book considers the role of Bud Selig in MLB and tries to understand why and how Selig managed to dramatically alter the role of Commissioner of MLB. No longer is it a Kennesaw Mountain Landis-style independent arbiter, but a partisan voice for the owners, which Zimbalist contends might not be as bad as it seems.

But what makes Basil's interview so excellent is that he focuses on how this affects the Nats, notably their move from Montreal and all the shenanigans surrounding that. He also delves into Selig's role in brokering a deal with Peter Angelos, and whether the stadium is a positive or negative development.

If you can't read the whole thing now, print it out and read it on the Metro tonight. It's worth it.

  • Failing that, you can always read about the Mets' owner's crazy son, and his even crazier wife. Can you say 'prenup'?


    • Read Basil's piece for more info on that than I can accurately summarize.

      While it's been trending towards that more and more, keep in mind that you don't have to go too far back (Kuhn, Vincent) to see cases of owners sacking a commissioner because he didn't agree with their positions.

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 3/09/2006 10:04 AM  

    • The way others have described Selig it sounds as if the man is simply paralyzed until he has complete harmonious accord among everyone involved in a decision. I suspect this will lead him to delay naming an owner until much later than most of us expect.

      Everything must be "just perfectly so", like Wilpon's foo-foo bride in that British article about the son of the Mets' owner. Coincidence?

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3/09/2006 6:18 PM  

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