Clearing the Bases: Juiced Players, Monster Salaries, Sham by Mike Schmidt

By Mike Schmidt

Clearing the Bases is a much-needed name to fingers via one in every of baseball's most beneficial gamers. Drawing on his reports as a 3rd baseman, a supervisor, and, such a lot lately, a fan, Mike Schmidt takes on every little thing from skyrocketing payrolls, callous vendors, and unapproachable gamers to inflated facts, and, after all, ersatz domestic run kings.

yet Schmidt's e-book is going past the Balco research and endless free-agent bonanzas that dominate the again pages. It additionally examines all that is correct with our nationwide hobby, together with interleague play, growth, and, such a lot unusually, higher all-around hitters. Riveting, clever, and illuminating, Clearing the Bases is a corridor of famer's examine how significant League Baseball has misplaced its means and the way it might head again domestic.

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And I got a kick out of a part-time gig that lasted for the duration of the strike: weekend sports anchor for the local CBS TV affiliate. But most of all, I’ll never forget the waiting. The owners blinked first. Baseball lost 712 total games in 1981, including the All-Star Game, but the players kept the compensation rider out of free agency. Also, players were credited with fifty days of service time toward their pensions, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement was extended through 1984. The owners flat-out miscalculated the strength of the union and its leadership.

I was the Nick Faldo of baseball. See ball/hit ball? No way. To me, that would be like being lost in the woods without a compass. 196 rookie year. 16 ERA). I went to the plate with one idea in my head: Swing softly, under control, on balance. Just lay the bat squarely on the ball; don’t try to add a little something extra on the point of contact. Boom! I hit a rocket off the left field wall. That one swing—and one approach to hitting—kick-started my career as a power hitter. Despite my awful rookie season, I was still starting at third base for the Philadelphia Phillies coming out of spring training in 1974.

The Best of Times 45 Not a bad day at the office, all things considered: 5 for 6, 8 RBI, 4 HR in a comeback win—all because I didn’t look at the horse’s balls! ) Just fifteen players in history have hit four homers in a game, and I’m proud to be in the group. But I’m doubly pleased by what that special day in the Friendly Confines started: a blistering hot streak in which we won 50 of our next 68, sending us to a 101–61 record and the division title. Boone, Cash, Bowa, Luzinski, and I made the All-Star team that summer, and we got a huge standing ovation when we were introduced at the game played, that Bicentennial year, in Philadelphia.

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