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By Mike Schmidt

Clearing the Bases is a much-needed name to fingers by means of one among baseball's most valuable avid gamers. Drawing on his stories as a 3rd baseman, a supervisor, and, such a lot lately, a fan, Mike Schmidt takes on every thing from skyrocketing payrolls, callous vendors, and unapproachable avid gamers to inflated information, and, in fact, ersatz domestic run kings.

yet Schmidt's e-book is going past the Balco research and unending free-agent bonanzas that dominate the again pages. It additionally examines all that is correct with our nationwide hobby, together with interleague play, growth, and, such a lot unusually, higher all-around hitters. Riveting, clever, and illuminating, Clearing the Bases is a corridor of famer's examine how significant League Baseball has misplaced its manner and the way it may well head again domestic.

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Deep down, I hoped the owners didn’t decide just to fold up the league and go home. Basically, our only choice was to stand united behind Marvin’s leadership. On March 17, Commissioner Bowie Kuhn ordered teams to reopen training camps as soon as possible under an agreement that both sides would negotiate in good faith to rewrite the document 30 CLEARING the BASES governing player-owner relations in the best interests of baseball. It took until July 12 of that year to complete the task. The news was released in Philadelphia during the All-Star break.

A million fans lining Broad Street, dangling from lampposts, standing on cars, hanging out of windows, all paying tribute to their Phillies. The parade passed by the Vet and ended in old JFK Stadium, where Harry Kalas’s golden voice expressed our appreciation to our fans. We felt their warmth. We were bonded together as one. Maybe we would never be booed again. Hey, at times like that, you think some really crazy thoughts. 4 Turn Out the Lights The Phillies were the 1980 World Champions, I was the unanimous National League MVP, we figured to be better in 1981, and we believed we had the makings of a dynasty.

We packed 72,086 fans into Cleveland’s old Municipal Stadium, the biggest crowd in All-Star Game history. I won it for the National League with a home run off Rollie Fingers. It was good to be back. To compensate for the lost games, the 1981 season was divided into two halves, with the first-half winner playing the second-half winner in a mini-series, before the League Championship Series. We won the first half, but lost the mini-series against the Expos, who then lost in the NLCS against the Dodgers, who’d beaten the Astros to get there.

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