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By Mike Schmidt

Clearing the Bases is a much-needed name to hands by way of one in every of baseball's Most worthy avid gamers. Drawing on his reviews as a 3rd baseman, a supervisor, and, so much lately, a fan, Mike Schmidt takes on every little thing from skyrocketing payrolls, callous proprietors, and unapproachable avid gamers to inflated facts, and, in fact, ersatz domestic run kings.

yet Schmidt's publication 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, enlargement, and, such a lot unusually, larger all-around hitters. Riveting, clever, and illuminating, Clearing the Bases is a corridor of famer's examine how significant League Baseball has misplaced its approach and the way it could actually head again domestic.

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Good for player-fan loyalty? You tell me. Don’t get me wrong. I am 100 percent in favor of free agency. I was a direct beneficiary of Marvin Miller’s revolution even though I never was a free agent myself. Free agency has been great for the players and—I believe—for the overall quality of the game. But look at a player like Gary Sheffield. Terrific hitter. Good fielder. A huge asset for every team he’s played for. And there’s the rub. In eighteen major league seasons, Gary Sheffield has played for six teams.

Until, in 1970, one did. At the end of the 1969 season, the St. Louis Cardinals tried to trade center fielder Curt Flood to the Philadelphia Phillies. Except for eleven games with the Reds in 1956–57, Flood had played his entire twelve-year career in St. Louis, where he’d earned a reputation as one of the best center fielders—if not the best—in the league. He was making $90,000 a year, excellent money for those times. Flood supposedly found out about the trade from a reporter, and not from the Cardinals front office.

I had my first NL MVP award and the World Series MVP award. As of June 11, we were in first place, and I was having a great season, leading the majors in home runs (14) and RBI (41). The only thing that could stop us, we figured, was a strike. Then, on June 13, 1981, the Philadelphia Inquirer ran this headline on its front page: FINAL OUT. Weird, I actually got to spend the next fifty summer days like a normal person. I didn’t have to go to the park at three every day. I didn’t have to go on road trips.

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