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Astroball

The New Way to Win It All
De : Ben Reiter
Lu par : Ben Reiter
Durée : 7 h et 51 min

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New York Times Best Seller

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, but they were more than just bad. They were an embarrassment, a club that didn’t even appear to be trying to win. The cover story, combined with the specificity of Reiter’s 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 win - and 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 value - but 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 innovation - and written with years of access to the team’s stars and executives - Astroball 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.

©2018 Ben Reiter (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critiques

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

"Colorful...Astroball plays like a giant crossword puzzle as pieces of the team are slotted in leading up to the franchise's historic moment." (USA Today

 
"Astroball is the baseball book of the year, essential for baseball executives at every level, accessible and fun for fans." (Star Tribune

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  • Global
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  • Boyd Tschaggeny
  • 16/07/2018

More About the Story than the Process

This book focuses on the individuals who made the Astro's 2017 World Series win possible. 50% of the book is focused on the general manager and the analysts. 50% of the book is focused on the baseball players. The story of these individuals is told as their backgrounds, baseball experiences, and what they contributed to the Astros are covered. This person driven narrative makes for a great story.

This book doesn't spend much time actually covering the system that the Astro's employed to ultimately win the World Series. You will learn the basic principle (pair Moneyball's statistics with the scouts intuition), but that principle isn't developed much further than that. You will hear about how this principle was applied each time a major player was signed or developed as an Astro's player, so you do get a sense for how it improved the Astros.

This is a great book about people and their achievements. I'd recommend listening to this book in a handful of long sessions.

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  • Ammon
  • 18/07/2018

For Baseball Fans, Houstonians, and ... Math Geeks

A peak behind the curtains of one the biggest turnarounds in recent sports history.

It hasn’t even been a year since the Astro’s seeming overnight success during the 2017 World Series and Astroball proves that it was neither an accident nor an overnight happenstance.

A must read for baseball fans, Houstonians, and ... math geeks.

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  • Sam in Houston
  • 23/06/2019

Best business book of the year?

This Book was recommended to me as “best business book I’ve read this year”. I couldn’t wrap my head around how a book about baseball could be a business book. Turned out to be a great listen. In these days of analytics and artificial intelligence it’s great to learn that a team which may go down in history as one of the best teams ever was a result of using the analytics along with the human influence that just can’t be quantified by the “nerd cave”. Reiter explains the unconscious bias that existed in scouts, but how their input was important to the equation. So yes, this is very much a business book. Human Resources decisions that led to a very successful team.

  • Global
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13/06/2019

A must read for any baseball fan

A little biased as a 'stros fan, but a great read for any baseball fan really.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Gary Guttenberg
  • 31/05/2019

excellent

excellent book. showed importance of statistics and human interaction and how the Astros combined them into a WS title. book flowed nicely, staying on point, with chuckle-like humor along the way.

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  • a. g.
  • 14/05/2019

The future of baseball has begun!

If you are an Astros fan, this is a must listen. Astroball is a fantastic narrative of the Astros journey to become a World Series winner. For Baseball fans, this story details the next step in the evolution of our favorite sport.

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  • Caleb Bryant Wills
  • 07/05/2019

Great insight to the Astros and analytics but...

Performance is awful. Read as if he’s in a hurry and “phoning it in”. B-

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  • Ron Lozano
  • 01/05/2019

Not just for Astros fans.

Very interesting insight to the evolution of baseball. The detail and intricacies of building and managing a baseball team in the 21st century could be frightening for people resistant to technological advancement.

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  • masino
  • 27/04/2019

Share with your teams

You don’t have to love baseball to get something out of this fantastic book. I do which made it a five star.

I shared with my sales leadership team that it will help us understand analytics which is a driving force in our digital transformation with our customers. Will help us understand how to drive change & create a culture within our organizations and lastly great ideas in building championship teams. Well done Ben...what’s next?

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  • Doobie Keebler
  • 24/04/2019

Narrator is terrible

He over-enunciates a lot, and you can hear the smile on his face, which is aggravating because it makes me feel like he’s speaking slowly to a small child. What’s strange is that he often slurs other sentences together so it’s hard to understand the individual words he’s saying. He is incapable of saying the words “regularly” and “particularly”.

The content was pretty interesting, so I listened to the whole thing though. Knowing that the smug narrator also wrote the book kind of ruined it a little bit though.