Dark Horses And Underdogs: The Greatest Sports Upsets Of All Time
Astroball: The New Way to Win It All
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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 articles author, was crazy. The Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but they were more than just bad. They were an embarrassment, a club that didnt even appear to be trying to win. The cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiters claim, met instant and nearly universal derision. But three years later, the critics were proved improbably, astonishingly wrong. How had Reiter predicted it so accurately? And, more important, how had the Astros pulled off the impossible?
Astroball is the inside story of how a gang of outsiders went beyond the stats to find a new way to winand not just in baseball. When new Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and his top analyst, the former rocket scientist Sig Mejdal, arrived in Houston in 2011, they had already spent more than half a decade trying to understand how human instinct and expertise could be blended with hard numbers such as on-base percentage and strikeout rate to guide their decision-making. In Houston, they had free rein to remake the club. No longer would scouts, with all their subjective, hard-to-quantify opinions, be forced into opposition with the stats guys. Instead, Luhnow and Sig wanted to correct for the biases inherent in human observation, and then roll their scouts critical thoughts into their process. The numbers had valuebut so did the gut.
The strategy paid off brilliantly, and surprisingly quickly. It pointed the Astros toward key draft picks like Carlos Correa and Alex Bregman; offered a path for developing George Springer, José Altuve, and Dallas Keuchel; and showed them how veterans like Carlos Beltrán and Justin Verlander represented the last piece in the puzzle of fielding a championship team.
Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovationand written with years of access to the teams stars and executivesAstroball is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog story and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.
The Girl With All the Gifts
Someone Someday (All in Good Time Book 2)
Lexi Charles wasn't interested in starting a relationship. The scars from her past left her feeling like it would be impossible to ever love someone. It was a part of her life she had come to accept.
Years ago, she said she always wanted to marry a baseball player (one of the San Francisco Giants to be exact). Now, that was nothing more than a distant dreamsomething she knew could never become a reality.
Until the day she found herself in a parking lot talking to the Giants' all-star second baseman. Could he be the one to heal her wounds and make her dreams come true?
A League Of Their Own
Still, We Believe - The Boston Red Sox Movie
A rousing feature film that chronicles the unique relationship between the Red Sox and their fans. Still We Believe, is set against the backdrop of the extraordinarily suspenseful 2003 Major League Baseball season. With unprecedented access to the ballpark, clubhouse, and front office, the film covers the team's journey from spring training to the epic and climactic encounter with the mighty New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series.
- Officially Licensed
- Highest Quality Recording
For The Fun Of The Game
Laughs, Luck...and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time (with "I LOVE LUCY's Lost Scenes" Audio CD)
The man Lucille Ball called the brains of I Love Lucy gives us an inside view of television history as it was being made. Jess Oppenheimer's famous sitcom was the most popular and influential television phenomenon in the history of the medium. Forty-five years after its debut, it remains a favourite the world over.
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