Clearing the Bases

Juiced Players, Monster Salaries, Sham Records, and a Hall of Famer's Search for the Soul of Baseball

By Mike Schmidt; Glen Waggoner
HarperCollins Publishers, Paperback, 9780060855000, 199pp.

Publication Date: March 2007

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Description

Clearing the Bases is a much-needed call to arms by one of baseball's most respected players. Drawing on his experiences as a third baseman, a manager, and, most recently, a fan, Mike Schmidt takes on everything from skyrocketing payrolls, callous owners, and unapproachable players to inflated statistics, and, of course, ersatz home run kings.

But Schmidt's book goes beyond the Balco investigation and never-ending free-agent bonanzas that dominate the back pages. It also examines all that's right with our national pastime, including interleague play, expansion, and, most surprisingly, better all-around hitters. Riveting, wise, and illuminating, Clearing the Bases is a hall of famer's look at how Major League Baseball has lost its way and how it can head back home.




About the Author
Mike Schmidt is the greatest-hitting third baseman in the history of baseball. Named Player of the Decade for the 1980s by the Sporting News, he was selected to the MLB All-Century Team in 1999. He lives in Florida with his family.Glen Waggoner, a founding editor of ESPN The Magazine, is the coauthor of Bobby Murcer s New York Times bestselling autobiography A Yankee for Life, as well as the bestsellers My Life In & Out of the Rough with John Daly and Clearing the Bases with Mike Schmidt. Waggoner was one of the founding fathers of Rotisserie League Baseball, which sparked the fantasy sports movement in America.



Praise For Clearing the Bases

The peerless third baseman’s honest examination of his own career in particular and of major league baseball in general.
-Library Journal

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