Juicing the Game

Juicing the Game

Drugs, Power, and the Fight for the Soul of Major League Baseball

eBook - 2006
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Penguin Putnam
In Juicing the Game, award-winning journalist Howard Bryant offers the only big-picture look at the insidious manner in which performance-enhancing drugs infested baseball as the game’s leaders stood idly by, reaping the rewards.

Combining hard-hitting investigative journalism with interviews with baseball heavyweights such as Jason Giambi, Commissioner Bud Selig, union head Donald Fehr, and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson among many others, Juicing the Game is the definitive book on both the steroid scandal and the era it has irreversibly tainted. BACKCOVER: “A rich and measured tale of the last dishonest decade . . . No more comprehensive, balanced or fair account exists. Bryant carefully and powerfully builds his case. The self-inflicted catastrophe could have no better chronicler.”
—Los Angeles Times 

“If there ever was a ‘must read’ sports book of its time, this is it. Because of the undeniable truths it tells, Bryant’s book is essential reading.”
—The Washington Post Book World

Baker & Taylor
A history of steroid and performance-enhancing drug use in major league baseball discusses such issues as the 1994 strike and the current threat of punitive legislation, in an investigative account that features anecdotes by and interviews with such figures as Jason Giambi, Bud Selig, and Donald Fehr. 75,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Plume, [2006]
ISBN: 9781440648663
Characteristics: 464 p. ; 24 cm


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Oct 27, 2015

In Juicing the Game, sportswriter Howard Bryant does an impressive job at chronicling baseball's infamous steroid era from roughly 1995-2004. By providing important context to readers who may not know about the toxic relationship between players and owners that is as old as the game itself, the book shows why it was so difficult to implement an effective testing policy in MLB. Also, while rightly pointing the main finger at roids, he also writes about other issues which led to a hitter's paradise: a shrinking strike zone, smaller ball parks and batters armed with video and expert coaches that have greatly improved their ability to swing. Everyone, from greedy owners who looked the other way to his fellow sportswriters are implicated in this book. Excellent material for fans who are interested in learning about this complicated chapter in baseball history.

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