Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review of "The Best Team Money Can Buy"

Going back to baseball for this review - and was very happy to find this book as an audiobook. It isn't often a book on a very recent team or season will teach me some new information, but this one did reveal information I did not know about the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Here is my review of "The Best Team Money Can Buy." 

“The Best Team Money Can Buy” by Molly Knight, narrated by Hilary Huber

Baseball, professional, Dodgers, audio book

Publish date:
July 14, 2015

337 pages

4 of 5 stars (very good)

The Los Angeles Dodgers had an exciting run during the 2013 season after spending the most money on player salaries in the history of the game. This happened shortly after the team was bought out of bankruptcy by an investment group, with the most recognizable name in the group being basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson.  Then, after losing the National League Championship Series, the team had even more issues in 2014, including a complete make over in the front office.

This book by Molly Knight recaptured that time frame and all the adventures the team went through. One doesn’t even necessarily need to be a baseball fan to enjoy some of the passages. The long description of the soap opera ownership of Frank and Jamie McCort is better writing than anything seen on daytime television. Following key personnel like Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp and manager Don Mattingly is refreshing while reading or listening to Knight’s style of writing.

The narration by Hilary Huber is also very good as she speaks about the game as a knowledgeable person.  This is one of several audio books on baseball that Huber has narrated and her narration of this one is easy to listen to and makes the listener feel like he or she is sitting next to her in the studio.  

While the research and interviews were thorough, there was one issue through the book that kept repeating that kept me from giving this five stars. The topic of conversation seemed to keep going off on tangents. The best example of this occurred in the chapter on Dodgers rookie outfielder Yasiel Puig from Cuba. The narrator jumps from talking about Puig to broadcaster Vin Scully to relief pitchers and back to Puig without any connection. That may work for casual conversation but it was confusing for an audio book. But it did come all together and overall this was a good recap of the 2013 and 2014 seasons for the Dodgers. I do recommend this book for any baseball fan as it is an easy and quick read or listen.

Book Format Read:
Audio book

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