Book Review.pdf - Astroball The New Way to Win It All By now even casual fans of the sport of baseball are aware of \u200bMoneyball\u200b and how it changed

Book Review.pdf - Astroball The New Way to Win It All By...

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Astroball: The New Way to Win It All By now, even casual fans of the sport of baseball are aware of Moneyball and how it changed the way modern baseball teams work. Using statistical analysis, the 2003 Oakland Athletics were finding ways to win games with lower-tier players at a fraction of the cost of star athletes. 14 years later, the Houston Astros won a World Series using the same template, adding a few improvements along the way. In Astroball: The New Way to Win It All, Ben Reiter tells the story of how a revolutionary new general manager, Jeff Luhnow, and his staff transformed the Houston franchise from one of the worst teams in MLB history to World Series champions. Focusing on the interactions between the mathematical analysts and the experienced scouts in the draft process, Reiter lays out the path of unusual decisions that brought the terrible “Disastros” to fulfilling an unlikely Sports Illustrated prophecy. In the summer of 2014, the magazine ran a story about the worst team in decades and boldly predicted with a young George Springer on the cover, “Your 2017 World Series Champs.” Sure enough, three years later, the Houston Astros won their first World Series and George Springer was named the Series MVP. In Astroball: The New Way to Win It All , Ben Reiter explains how the Astros developed a system of man plus machine, valued process over outcome, and defined success in ways other than wins to bring Houston its first ever World Series title.
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