Ben Lindbergh, Travis Sawchik – The MVP Machine

Move over, Moneyball – a cutting-edge look at major league baseball’s next revolution: the high-tech quest to build better players.

As best-selling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik reveal in The MVP Machine, the Moneyball era is over. Fifteen years after Michael Lewis brought the Oakland Athletics’ groundbreaking team-building strategies to light, every front office takes a data-driven approach to evaluating players, and the league’s smarter teams no longer have a huge advantage in valuing past performance.

Lindbergh and Sawchik’s behind-the-scenes reporting reveals:

How the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox used cutting-edge technology to win the World Series.

How undersized afterthoughts Jos Altuve and Mookie Betts became big sluggers and MVPs.

How polarizing pitcher Trevor Bauer made himself a Cy Young contender.

How new analytical tools have overturned traditional pitching and hitting techniques.

How a wave of young talent is making MLB both better than ever and arguably worse to watch.

Instead of out-drafting, out-signing, and out-trading their rivals, baseball’s best minds have turned to out-developing opponents, gaining greater edges than ever by perfecting prospects and eking extra runs out of older athletes who were once written off. Lindbergh and Sawchik take us inside the transformation of former fringe hitters into home-run kings, show how washed-up pitchers have emerged as aces, and document how coaching and scouting are being turned upside down. The MVP Machine charts the future of a sport and offers a lesson that goes beyond baseball: Success stems not from focusing on finished products, but from making the most of untapped potential.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Author: Ben Lindbergh, Travis Sawchik
Narrator: Josh Hurley
Duration: 14 hours 50 minutes
Released: 19 Apr 2006
Publisher: Hachette Audio
Language: English

User Review:

command flashy

As the title says, this is a great book.

The narrator is horrible. He clearly has no grasp of the content hes reading. He routinely demonstrates his baseball illiteracy throughout the book.

Sometimes, you have to know a bit about the game and how people communicate game data to be able to read it correctly off the page in a manner consistent with normal conversation.

I dont know who picks narrators, but Id say this choice is a swing and a miss.

In case the Narrator is reading this, swing and a miss is a metaphor referencing the game of baseball, an American sport where strong gentlemen swing sticks at balls.