The past 25 years have been the most dynamic in the history of Major League Baseball, from the league’s recovery after the players’ strike to the growth of analytics and the rise of new World Series contenders.
In The Reshaping of America’s Game: Major League Baseball after the Players' Strike, Bryan Soderholm-Difatte reflects on the factors and challenges that have changed major league baseball since the 1994-1995 players’ strike. He examines the consolidation of power in the Commissioner’s Office, the influx of Latin and Asian players, the boom in new stadiums, the influence of analytics in reshaping how rosters are constructed, the relationship between managers and the front office, and the rise of the power-game between pitchers and batters that has led to unprecedented strikeout and home run totals.
While Major League Baseball continues to develop and grow, the league has had to grapple with repeated steroids scandals, the struggle of small-market teams to remain competitive, and the “forever” unfinished business between players and owners over free agency and fair compensation. The Reshaping of America’s Game provides a detailed and intriguing review of the many issues affecting the national pastime during the liveliest years in MLB history.
The Reshaping of America’s Game, together with Soderholm-Difatte’s America’s Game, Tumultuous Times in America’s Game, and America’s Game in the Wild-Card Era, form the author’s complete, definitive history of Major League Baseball.
Bryan Soderholm-Difatte is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and a regular contributor to The Baseball Research Journal. He is the author of The Golden Era of Major League Baseball: A Time of Transition and Integration, America’s Game: A History of Major League Baseball through World War II, Tumultuous Times in America’s Game: From Jackie Robinson’s Breakthrough to the War over Free Agency, and America’s Game in the Wild-Card Era: From Strike to Pandemic, all published by Rowman & Littlefield.
Introduction: Prelude to Baseball’s Great Reckoning
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About the Author
In an exhaustive examination of Major League Baseball over the last 25 years, Soderholm-Difatte provides keen insight into the current state of the sport. Soderholm-Difatte’s great strength lies in his examination of the steroid era and the damages it wrought, representation of non-white people in baseball management, and new baseball analytics which look for the most productive players through statistical scrutiny. An engaging overview of the sport.
A first-class study of an important era in recent baseball history. Well written, it will appeal to baseball scholars and fans alike.
The story of baseball is evolving and shifting constantly, and usually we have to wait 20 years before someone triest to make sense of it all. Here Brian Soderholm-Difatte has bravely stepped in to explain the past decade, before the dust has even settled. It is a delight to be reminded of the stories we had already forgotten.