The Inside Pitch and More: Baseball’s Business and the Public Trust

 
The Inside Pitch and More

Gene Budig
2004
124pp
HB  978-0-937058-85-5
$9.95

Summary

The Inside Pitch and More: Baseball’s Business and the Public Trust, written by former American League President Gene Budig, investigates the human and corporate sides of our nation’s pastime. Throughout the course of this book, the author systematically engages the myriad concerns of Major League Baseball, past, present, and future.

In The Inside Pitch and More, baseball’s economic prosperity is examined, as well as issues that hinder and threaten that perpetuity. Lately, baseball has been increasingly menaced by the popularity of other athletic venues - basketball, football, etc. Budig goes through the proposed methods of revitalizing the game of baseball. He emphasizes the need for a reevaluation of the relationship between the sport and its fan base so that the baseball will resume its role as America’s favorite pastime.

Based on his six years as president of the American League, Budig has composed a fascinating book, which is written to be enjoyed by the casual baseball fan as well as the serious student of this sport or sports management in general. The book is unique in that it is the first work to really dissect the sport of baseball by a retired high-ranking official with a wealth of information on the subject.

Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Introduction
  3. A Matter of Time
  4. Of Importance to Many
  5. It is a Financial Issue
  6. Winners Everywhere
  7. A Quick Lesson in History
  8. Things Were Changing
  9. Seeds of Change Were Sown
  10. A Game on the Ropes
  11. Mounting Evidence
  12. Sports, a Large Enterprise
  13. A Welcome Outcome
  14. Sharing the Wealth
  15. Growing the Game in the 2000s
  16. One Path to Econommic Growth
  17. A Game Set Apart
  18. Where It All Started
  19. Twice a Winner
  20. The People Who Run the Game
  21. A Time of Change
  22. Not Your Average Job
  23. The Economic Case of the 2000s
  24. The Designated Hitter's Time Has Come
  25. The Reformatted All-Star Game
  26. The Rose Dilemma
  27. A Thought on Sammy Sosa
  28. The Challenge Facin College Athletics
  29. Sports and Modern Journalism
  30. The Importance of Competitiveness
  31. Added Thoughts
  32. Readings
  33. About the Author

Author

Gene Budig was the president of Major League Baseball's American League from 1994 to 1999.

Reviews

"Anyone who enjoys or cares about the game of baseball will find The Inside Pitch very enjoyable."
Ted D. Ayres

"The Inside Pitch... and More is not inside; it's right over the plate for a terrific strike."
Al Neuharth, founder of USA Today

"[The Inside Pitch] explores many complex issues facing the game with unusual clarity."
Bud Selig, Commissioner of Major League Baseball

"[The Inside Pitch] is fair and balanced, and its contents should be of interest to anyone following the course of baseball."
Bob DuPuy, President of Major League Baseball