As the baseball season heads to the All-Star break, the best way would be to read baseball books. I began with their approach that took them to world champions from three consecutive 100 loss seasons and this book on the Houston Astros. Here is my review of”Astroball”
“Astroball: The New Way to Win it All” from Ben Reiter
Statistics, baseball, practitioner, championship, Astros Publish date:
2018, july 10 Length:
5 of 5 stars (outstanding)
Baseball is nicely to a new era in which statistical information is examined and used for just about any decision a team makes, where players to draft to in which to put those players on the diamond when a batter steps into the box. While the concept began in the early 2000’s using”Moneyball”, the revolutionary book by Michael Lewis about the Oakland Athletics with this plan, the Houston Astros dug even deeper to statistical analysis and their work repaid with a World Series championship in 2017. How they got there is that the narrative of this book by Sports Illustrated writer Ben Reiter.
It is important to note that Reiter is a Sports Illustrated writer because he wrote a cover story to the magazine at 2014 forecasting that the Astros are the 2017 winners. As the Astros were enduring through their third consecutive season of more than 100 losses, it seemed outlandish at the time. On the other hand, the brain trust of general director Scott Luhnow and rocket-scientist-turned-baseball-analyst Sig Mejdal found their plan implemented starting in 2011 was starting to take shape.
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