RESILIENT TOWN: Shortly before the 2017 World Series took place, Houston was hit by Hurricane Harvey, one of the most devastating tropical storms in recent history. ASTROBALL lovingly chronicles the city’s resilience in the face of crisis, and tap into its large and dedicated fan base (it’s the fourth biggest city in the United States) in a narrative that transcends baseball.
UNPARALLELED ACCESS: Reiter’s access to the Houston Astros is complete, unprecedented, and ongoing. He’s been given a look under the hood by top people in the organization, who have granted him even deeper access into their methodology for the book—beyond what was covered in the Sports Illustrated story.
WINNING CHARACTERS: Readers love a good underdog story, and ASTROBALL delivers in spades, featuring characters such as blackjack dealer turned math analyst Sig Mejdal and unorthodox and determined general manager Jeff Luhnow.
ACADEMIC POTENTIAL: More than just a sports book, ASTROBALL delivers a thorough account of an analytics system that can (and will) be used across industries, from large businesses to political campaigns. It has vast potential for course adoption.
“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
“Ben Reiter has written the definitive, untold story of the biggest turnaround in recent baseball history. This riveting behind-the-scenes account offers fresh insight into the executives who built the 2017 World Series champions—and the players who delivered. Astroball is Moneyball for the next generation, not just the baseball book of the year, but the business and ideas book of the year as well.”—KEN ROSENTHAL, two-time Sports Emmy winner for Outstanding Sports Reporter
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