Astroball: The New Way to Win It AllBy now, even casual fans of the sport of baseball are aware of Moneyballand how it changedthe way modern baseball teams work. Using statistical analysis, the 2003 Oakland Athletics werefinding ways to win games with lower-tier players at a fraction of the cost of star athletes. 14 yearslater, the Houston Astros won a World Series using the same template, adding a few improvementsalong the way. In Astroball: The New Way to Win It All,Ben Reiter tells the story of how arevolutionary new general manager, Jeff Luhnow, and his staff transformed the Houston franchisefrom one of the worst teams in MLB history to World Series champions. Focusing on the interactionsbetween the mathematical analysts and the experienced scouts in the draft process, Reiter lays out thepath of unusual decisions that brought the terrible “Disastros” to fulfilling an unlikely SportsIllustratedprophecy. In the summer of 2014, the magazine ran a story about the worst team indecades and boldly predicted with a young George Springer on the cover, “Your 2017 World SeriesChamps.” Sure enough, three years later, the Houston Astros won their first World Series and GeorgeSpringer was named the Series MVP. In Astroball: The New Way to Win It All, Ben Reiter explainshow the Astros developed a system of man plus machine, valued process over outcome, and definedsuccess in ways other than wins to bring Houston its first ever World Series title.