Growing the Game The Globalization of Major League Baseball

ISBN-10: 0300136390

ISBN-13: 9780300136395

Edition: 2008

Authors: Alan M. Klein

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Baseball fans are well aware that the game has become increasingly international. Major league rosters include players from no fewer than fourteen countries, and more than one-fourth of all players are foreign born. Here, Alan Klein offers the first full-length study of a sport in the process of globalizing. Looking at the international activities of big-market and small-market baseball teams, as well as the Commissioner’s Office, he examines the ways in which Major League Baseball operates on a world stage that reaches from the Dominican Republic to South Africa to Japan. The origins of baseball’s efforts to globalize are complex, stemming as much from decreasing opportunities at home as from promise abroad. The book chronicles attempts to develop the game outside the United States, the strategies that teams such as the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Kansas City Royals have devised to recruit international talent, and the ways baseball has been growing in other countries. The author concludes with an assessment of the obstacles that may inhibit or promote baseball’s progress toward globalization, offering thoughtful proposals to ensure the health and growth of the game in the United Statesnbsp;and abroad.
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Book details

List price: $23.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Crisis at the Core
The Kansas City Royals: Shopping Without a Credit Card
The Los Angeles Dodgers: Bright Lights, Big Market
The Dominican Republic: Fishing Where the Fish Are
Japan: Emerging from the Feudal Eclipse
Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom: The European Backwater
South Africa: Baseball and the New Politics
When Will There Be a Real World Series?
Notes
Index
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