The Best Team Money Can Buy

The Best Team Money Can Buy

By Molly Knight

  • Release Date: 2015-07-14
  • Genre: Baseball
Score: 4.5
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Description

With a new Afterword covering the 2015 season.

The bestselling, inside-the-clubhouse story of two tumultuous years when the Los Angeles Dodgers were re-made from top to bottom, becoming the most talked-about and most colorful team in baseball. “It’s as if Molly Knight ushers you behind the closed clubhouse doors.” (Buster Olney, ESPN)

In 2012 the Los Angeles Dodgers were bought out of bankruptcy in the most expensive sale in sports history. Los Angeles icon Magic Johnson and his partners hoped to put together a team worthy of Hollywood: consistently entertaining. By most accounts they have succeeded, if not always in the way they might have imagined.

In The Best Team Money Can Buy, Molly Knight tells the story of the Dodgers’ 2013 and 2014 seasons with detailed, previously unreported revelations. She shares a behind-the-scenes account of the astonishing sale of the Dodgers, as well as what the Dodgers actually knew in advance about rookie phenom and Cuban defector Yasiel Puig. We learn how close manager Don Mattingly was to losing his job during the 2013 season—and how the team turned around the season in the most remarkable fifty-game stretch of any team since World War II. Knight also provides a rare glimpse into the in-fighting and mistrust that derailed the team in 2014 and paints an intimate portrait of star pitcher Clayton Kershaw, including details about the record contract offer he turned down before accepting the richest contract any pitcher ever signed.

Exciting, surprising, and filled with juicy details, “a must-read for fans of the Dodgers and all Los Angeles sports teams….Knight’s undercover work is like none other” (Library Journal). The Best Team Money Can Buy is filled with “fascinating perspectives” (Los Angeles Times) and “interesting anecdotes about some of baseball’s most compelling figures” (The Sacramento Bee).

Reviews

  • Yikes

    1
    By MCHamma416
    Terribly irresponsible with certain facts. Nothing new or salacious here folks.
  • Not that insightful

    3
    By Fabian43
    While this book was billed as an insiders look into the last 5-8 years of Dodger baseball, I can objectively say there wasn't as much "wow I never knew that" information as others have noted. If you are a Dodgers fan this book is a nice read but don't buy this book thinking it's filled with salacious tales of team conflict.
  • Throughly enjoyed this book.

    5
    By Brentdude
    I wish Molly Knight would keep adding on to this book as seasons go by. Great read!
  • A Fun and Fascinating Read

    5
    By Gracechica
    Well written, entertaining, and full of many details not previously disclosed. An excellent view of life in the big leagues.
  • Interesting Read on Team Dynamics

    4
    By PatK23
    Good read for Dodger fans and anyone interested in gaining insight into baseball team locker room dynamics. Although I know a few MLB players personally, none of them play for high-profile teams like the Dodgers. It gives the average fan some unique perspective on player interactions, especially given the variety of personalities and egos of Dodger players. If every team had a book like this written about them, it would be intersting to see how they compare to the Dodgers and one another. We could also potentially get some more insight into how the balance between star power and team chemistry relates to success at the major league level.
  • Owner

    2
    By Bobby Patton
    Interesting read but for several inaccurate statements. I was with mark and stan at the first meeting with Magic Johnson. Todd was not present. I was also present in Denver at the owners meetings when the trade with Boston was made. Additionally I designed, procured and presented Marianno with his fishing rod at his retirement ceremony. While I'm at, Peter guber is also an owner and an important part of this organization. I'm not too impressed with the authors facts and opinions on several other issues but it is baseball and you can make a lot of money batting .300 Bobby Patton
  • Love these Dodgers!!!

    5
    By musique vol.1
    Can't wait to read this.

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