Picks and Pans Review: Coming Apart at the Seams

updated 04/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/05/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

by Jack Sands and Peter Gammons

The premise of sports lawyer Sands and veteran baseball scribe Gammons is that baseball is dying, eclipsed by the NFL and the NBA. They maintain that smaller market franchises are in financial distress because the bigger franchises won't share their bloated local TV money; the pool of American blacks playing pro baseball is smaller today on a percentage basis than it was 20 years ago; selfish owners have colluded to bust the players' union; and many players don't seem even to like the game that keeps them in five-car garages.

There is hope for the game, say the authors in their fair, factual yet provocative study. Among many other things, they recommend uniform rules for both major leagues, revenue sharing and competition against foreign teams. If baseball doesn't get the message, this book will be among the first to have prophesied its demise. (Macmillan, $24)

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