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Playing Hardball

Jerry Reinsdorf got Michael Jordan back playing basketball, but the federal courts stymied his assault on baseball's economics.
Edward Kiersh
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"Renegotiating by owners is very foolish....You've got to be a mensch and stand by your word," he says, underscoring his life's credo. "I just believe in the sanctity of contracts. Sometimes you make a bad deal, other times you make a good deal."

That's Reinsdorf. Always the dealmaker. Always willing to put it all at risk. Maybe Reinsdorf the man is a bit more complex than being reduced to a caricature of a man on the make for a deal. Yet everyone around him, from Michael Jordan to White Sox slugger Frank Thomas to union boss Donald Fehr, knows that the crafty Reinsdorf will always be looking for leverage. Some way to make the best deal possible. No matter who is on the other side of the table.

Edward Kiersh is an avid baseball fan.

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