Growing the game: the globalization of major league baseball

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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 States and abroad.
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table_of_contents 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?
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