Fair Ball

Version: Unabridged
Author: Bob Costas
Narrator: Bob Costas
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Baseball
Publisher: BDD Audio
Published In: April 2000
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes
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It's Costas unplugged--a provocative, no-holds-barred assessment of the troubled state of Major League Baseball, with innovative strategies for restoring the thrill of genuine competition and rescuing fans from the forces that have diluted the sheer joy of the game.

No one calls ballgames better than Bob Costas, and no one is more knowledgeable and eloquent about baseball and its timeless appeal. Now, from his ideal perspective as an authority and true fan, the renowned broadcaster shares his honest, unflinching views on the subversive forces that are diminishing the game for fans - and proposes realistic changes that can be made to protect and promote the game's best interests.

Taking a bold and refreshing stance, Costas examines the growing financial disparity which has resulted in more than two-thirds of the teams in major league baseball having no chance of contending for the World Series. He takes a hard look at how talent-starved teams are increasingly marketing themselves by promoting family entertainment at the ballpark over star attractions on the field. And he presents a withering critique of the wild-card system, the designated hitter and short-sighted league realignment proposals that are compromising the competitive flavor of the game.

Filled with stories of games and players as only Costas can tell them, and superbly balanced by his unbridled appreciation for what he calls the "moments of authenticity" that can still make baseball inspiring, FAIR BALL is a vision of our national pastime as it can be, a game that retains its traditional appeal while remaining a central part of American life for the next century.

Reviews (3)

Fair Ball

Written by Tom from lafayette on March 27th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 2/5

First of all I think Bob Costas is absolutely the best at what he does; head and shoulder above the rest. For this cd however, you must really like baseball and your favorite subject should be statistics and math. It makes an excellent classroom presentation, but the numbers are numbing and by disc 4 you've probably heard enough.

Costas for Baseball Commisioner

Written by Daniel Wainwright from Fresno, CA on June 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

A very enjoyable analysis of the problems with baseball by a real fan. But, better yet, here is someone who actually provides reasonable, sound and well-reasoned solutions to the problems facing baseball. If only the greedy owners, greedy TV executives and the greedy players could get together and make these changes.

Fair Ball

Written by Les Butler from St. Albert, AB on April 5th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An exceptional book on the business of sport. Centered on Major League Baseball Costas has a timeless message for all professional sports. He explains not only what MLB needs to do to regain fans but moreover he eloquently articluates why we love sports and our sporting teams. If you care at all about a major league sport, read this book.