Astroball: The New Way to Win it All (Paperback)Ben Reiter (author)
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'Moneyball for grown-ups' - Michael Calvin
When Sports Illustrated declared on the cover of a June 2014 issue that the Houston Astros would win the World Series in 2017, people thought Ben Reiter, the article’s author, was crazy. The Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century. The cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiter’s claim, met instant and nearly universal derision.
But three years later, the Astros won the World Series for the first time in their history. How had Reiter predicted it so accurately? And, more importantly, how had the Astros pulled off the impossible?
Astroball is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond Moneyball
The lessons they learned stretch far beyond baseball into big business and other professional sports. Astroball is a ground-breaking look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimising human potential.
Publisher: BackPage Press Limited
‘Astroball... is a look at the future, and not just of baseball. Other industries, take note’ - David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene
‘You can’t add a veteran scout’s experience, gut intuition or locker-room camaraderie on to a spreadsheet ... all were key to the Astros’ success. Compelling’ - Graeme MacPherson, The Herald
'Astroball will of course be of interest to sports fans ... but the message (man + machine = success) should also resonate in business settings and the fields of medicine and education' - The Houston Press
'Few scribes today can match Michael Lewis’s ability to just plain write, whether about sports, politics, or economics. But Reiter’s engaging account adeptly blends a journalist’s nose for a good story, a writer’s nuanced sympathy for his characters, and an industry trend-spotter’s analysis of important new developments. A worthy update of Moneyball indeed.' - The Claremont Review of Books
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