Books: Fair Ball: A Fan's Case for Baseball

By Bob Costas

Fair Ball reveals none of the weepy sentimentalism of a purist disappointed in the modern game. This carefully argued series of prescriptive, cold-eyed remedies targeting baseball's chronic illnesses is far more valuable than that, aiming to repair the increasing imbalance of rich clubs and poor ones; the potentially self-immolating hard line of the players' union; the idiocy of the playoff system. Best of all, baseball's finest broadcaster may actually have the credibility to bring the ironheaded owners and players to heel. Costas for Commissioner!

--By Daniel Okrent

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