Astroball: The New Way To Win It All
ISBN: 0525576649
EAN13: 9780525576648
Language: English
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.69" H x 9.13" L x 6.13" W
Weight: 1.1 lbs.
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELER - The inside story of the Houston Astros, whose relentless innovation took them from the worst team in baseball to the World Series in 2017 and 2019

Reiter's superb narrative of how the team got there provides powerful insights into how organizations--not just baseball clubs--work best.--The Wall Street Journal

Astroball picks up where Michael Lewis's acclaimed Moneyball leaves off, telling the thrilling story of a championship team that pushed both the sport and business of baseball to the next level. In 2014, the Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but just three years later they defied critics to win a stunning World Series. In this book, Ben Reiter shows how the Astros built a system that avoided the stats-versus-scouts divide by giving the human factor a key role in their decision-making. Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovation, Astroball is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog tale and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.

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   It’s missing a chapter
They forgot about installing cameras, monitors, and garbage cans in order to relay pitches to the batter.
   Aged poorly
A big part of the Astros' wins and plate discipline was the lack of information about sign stealing in this book.
   Just fiction
I read this a few years ago. It was a good read. After the revelations of sign stealing and other shenanigans, this book comes off as badly researched and fawning. I feel cheated.
I understand the impact that analytic tools have had on the game. Astroball is a book about how one franchise used these tools to dramatically up their game, and I thought it would be a good book to read. I could not have been more wrong. This seemed like a number of long, interesting articles for the author, who is a sports reporter. The book begins with a description of one of the earliest contributors to the Astros analytical staff, but doesn't give any insight into how he did his work. Overall, it was a pretty weak effort. When I bought the book, I was led to believe that it would be just like that.
   So much insight!
This is a behind- the- scenes look at many decision making processes. The author follows good and bad decisions to explain the processes and people. I like George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, but thought Carlos Correa was a little too polished in his demeanor. He has been planning this against great odds for a long time and there is some truth to that. There is more power to him. I also wanted to understand Carlos Beltran's contributions. Maybe that's for another book, I wish there was more conversations in the locker room and dugout. Astroball still gets five stars from me.
   More than baseball -- a fun ride and a new look at critical thinking
It was a fun read. I enjoy baseball as much as the next person, but I really enjoy characters and problem- solving, which is the real heart of the book. It's amazing that the author predicted the World Series a long time ago. In the book, you get to know the guys behind the scenes at the Astros and how they used their various smarts to build a better team than the statistics would predict. It's enjoyable for baseball fans, critical thinkers, and anyone who likes a good story.
   Great book! Compelling narrative, interesting characters, and uncommonly thorough reporting
It is a great read. From the very first page of this vibrant narrative, which weaves together compelling personal stories, fascinating characters, and just the right amount of inside baseball details, it's obvious that Reiter hooks the reader. I'm confident you will love Astroball as much as I did, even if you aren't a baseball fan.