Clearing the Bases is a much-needed call to arms by one of baseball's most respected players. Drawing on his experiences as a third baseman, a manager, and, most recently, a fan, Mike Schmidt takes on everything from skyrocketing payrolls, callous owners, and unapproachable players to inflated statistics, and, of course, ersatz home run kings.
But Schmidt's book goes beyond the Balco investigation and never-ending free-agent bonanzas that dominate the back pages. It also examines all that's right with our national pastime, including interleague play, expansion, and, most surprisingly, better all-around hitters. Riveting, wise, and illuminating, Clearing the Bases is a hall of famer's look at how Major League Baseball has lost its way and how it can head back home.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book was too much about Mike Schmidt, who I happened to grow up admiring, and not enough about the ramifications of drug enhancing the records. Since the ban on performance enhancing drugs, no one has hit even 50 home runs, let alone 72.
Great read for a diehard Phillies fan. Mike was the true heart and soul of team. I am so glad he started and finished his career with the Phillies.
After reading "Clearing The Bases" it is apparent to me that there has to be a better Mike Schmidt book than Mike Schmidt himself can write. I loved the book for what it was but I was expecting more.
Schmidt briefly covers the terrain of his upbringing and signing by the Phillies. He covers parts of his career and leaves me wondering why he left a large percentage of years out. As a Hall Of Fame third baseman I know that he had way more stories to tell that would have given us a better glimpse of his career. And when he starts writing about the issues of todays game he raises many pertinent points but at times it seems like he's debating himself, such as with the steroid issue. Those are some of the things that weren't as appealing about this book.
Here's what I enjoyed: That he did tell some stories of his Phillie years and spoke of some of his teammates, like Gary Maddox and others, who time seems to have forgotten. Those sections are a great stroll...
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