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July 9, 2015 7:29 am

Prospectus Review: The Best Team Money Can Buy


Brendan Gawlowski

Molly Knight's new book features fascinating story after story about the Dodgers' rise under new ownership.

Molly Knight’s The Best Team Money Can Buy chronicles the Los Angeles Dodgers rise from Frank McCourt’s mediocre also-ran to the financial and baseball powerhouse the club is today under the Guggenheim group. While the backbone of the story will be familiar to most knowledgeable baseball fans, Knight’s account brings the reader into the clubhouse and inside the minds of Don Mattingly and the Dodgers brass. The result is a well-written book that offers a nuanced look into the dynamics of a big league clubhouse, the headaches associated with managing a team of superstars, and a greater understanding of baseball’s most interesting talent, Yasiel Puig.

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What you can learn from Jason Kendall, beyond "Jason Kendall is testy."

In case you couldn’t tell from his 15 famously hard-nosed years of big-league catching, Jason Kendall’s default way of moving through the world is: confrontationally. For instance, despite spending his entire adult life in baseball, Kendall doesn’t believe in pitch framing. As in: he doesn’t believe that pitch framing exists. At all. But Kendall can't just leave it at that. He writes, in his 2014 book Throwback: A Big-League Catcher Tells How the Game Is Really Played: “There’s no such thing as framing; anybody who says there is can go screw himself.” So, ahem, I suppose I must now go screw myself—and probably you must do so as well, dear reader.

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Reviewing the latest edition of the leading baseball simulator game

I’ve reviewed Out of the Park Baseball several times in the past and have enjoyed every iteration of the game. With a baseball simulation where there is a yearly update, it’s not so much about how it plays—it’s been a fantastic sim for almost as long as I can remember—it’s about the updates. To us baseball geeks, it’s not unlike the Madden franchise for console gamers. If you bought last year’s edition, you’re asking yourself if it’s worth your cash for the new version. Or do you just hold onto your money and keep playing an older copy of the game? That’s what this review is about; are the new features and improvements enough to recommend buying this game, even if you have OOTP 12? After spending several hours (my wife isn’t happy) playing OOTP 13, I believe I have your answer.

Let’s start with what’s new…

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