Astroball: The New Way to Win It All

Astroball: The New Way to Win It

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERWhen 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 ...

  • ASIN: 0525576649

Liftoff!: The Tank, the Storm, and the Astros' Improbable Ascent to Baseball Immortality

Liftoff!: The Tank, the Storm, and the Astros'

After 55 years of waiting, Houston Astros fans were hungry for World Series glory. After three consecutive 100-loss seasons, some tantalizing tastes of playoff success, and a devastating hurricane that united a community, their patience was rewarded in dramatic, exuberant fashion. In Liftoff!, Houston Chronicle writer Brian T. Smith expertly retraces the team's magical 2017 championship season as well as the moves and moments that made it all possible—the hiring of general manager Jeff Luhnow in 2011, drafting Carlos Correa with the first overall pick, the meteoric rise of Jose Altuve, the trade that brought ace Justin Verlander to Houston, and more. Featuring an unforgettable cast of characters both on the field and in the front office, this is the story of how the Astros went from empty seats to packed stadiums and, at long last, earned history.

  • ASIN: 162937623X

The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics in Baseball

The Sabermetric Revolution: Assessing the Growth of Analytics

From the front office to the family room, sabermetrics has dramatically changed the way baseball players are assessed and valued by fans and managers alike. Rocketed to popularity by the 2003 bestseller Moneyball and the film of the same name, the use of sabermetrics to analyze player performance has appeared to be a David to the Goliath of systemically advantaged richer teams that could be toppled only by creative statistical analysis. The story has been so compelling that, over the past decade, team after team has integrated statistical analysis into its front office. But how accurately can crunching numbers quantify a player's ability? Do sabermetrics truly level the playing field for financially disadvantaged teams? How much of the baseball analytic trend is fad and how much fact?The Sabermetric Revolution sets the record straight on the role of analytics in baseball. Former Mets sabermetrician Benjamin Baumer and leading sports economist Andrew Zimbalist correct common misinterpretations and develop new methods to assess the effectiveness of sabermetrics on team performance. Tracing the growth of front office dependence on sabermetrics and the breadth of its use today, they explore how Major League Baseball and the field of sports analytics have changed since the 2002 season...


2017 World Series Champions: Houston Astros

2017 World Series Champions: Houston

Celebrate the Houston Astros 2017 World Series Championship with the official publication from Major League Baseball!2017 World Series Champions: Houston Astros takes fans out to the ball game and right down to the field-level action at Minute Maid Park and beyond. Published in conjunction with MLB and researched and written by their own in-house team of dedicated baseball experts, this commemorative book offers baseball fans not only a detailed game-by-game recap of Houston's run to a World Series title, but also a history of the Astros franchise and how this championship team was assembled. With more than 200 incredible photographs, exclusive Q&A's with stars like George Springer and Carlos Correa, regular season highlights from players like Jose Altuve, and postseason statistics and box scores, this official MLB publication celebrates all the unforgettable moments of this championship run. As fans learned after comebacks in both the ALCS and in Games 2 and 5 of the World Series, the Astros truly are Houston Strong.

  • ASIN: 0771057482

Mission Accomplished: The Official Commemorative Book of the Houston Astros Historic Season & World Series Championship

Mission Accomplished: The Official Commemorative Book of the

The Official Commemorative Book of the Astros Historic Season & World Series Championship The one and only official hardcover coffee table book that chronicles and celebrates the Astros historic season in its entirety, from Opening Day all the way through the joyous victory parade. It ended as it started. On Opening Day, George Springer launched a leadoff home run to start the scoring for the Astros 2017 season. In Game 7 of the World Series, Springer whacked another ball out of the park that ended not only Houston's scoring for the season but also 56 years of waiting for Astros fans. The road from April 3 to November 1 was anything but smooth. At one point, injuries claimed the Astros entire starting rotation. All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa missed half of July and all of August. And then came Hurricane Harvey. But when the going got tough, Houston proved true the adage and the Astros got going. At the trade deadline, Houston acquired marquee pitcher Justin Verlander and added outfielder Cameron Maybin. Up 12-1/2 games in the division when they returned to Minute Maid Park on September 2, Houston went 21-8 the rest of the way, won 101 games one shy of the franchise record and ran away with the AL West title. In the ALDS, Houston dispatched the Red Sox, then in the ALCS, the As...

  • ASIN: 0999092146

Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game

Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball

“Winner of the 2018 CASEY Award for Best Baseball Book of the Year.”The former ESPN columnist and analytics pioneer dramatically recreates an action-packed 2017 game between the Oakland A’s and eventual World Series Champion Houston Astros to reveal the myriad ways in which Major League Baseball has changed over the last few decades.On September 8, 2017, the Oakland A’s faced off against the Houston Astros in a game that would signal the passing of the Moneyball mantle. Though this was only one regular season game, the match-up of these two teams demonstrated how Major League Baseball has changed since the early days of Athletics general manager Billy Beane and the publication of Michael Lewis’ classic book.Over the past twenty years, power and analytics have taken over the game, driving carefully calibrated teams like the Astros to victory. Seemingly every pitcher now throws mid-90s heat and studiously compares their mechanics against the ideal. Every batter in the lineup can crack homers and knows their launch angles. Teams are relying on unorthodox strategies, including using power-losing—purposely tanking a few seasons to get the best players in the draft.As he chronicles each inning and the unfolding drama as these two teams continually trade the lead—culminati...

  • ASIN: B076ZHGQ3T

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair

  • ASIN: B000RH0C8G

Astros Strong: Houston's Historic 2017 Championship Season

Astros Strong: Houston's Historic 2017 Championship

During three consecutive 100-loss seasons, Houston Astros management asked fans to be patient, promising them there was a plan in place that would result in success. That patience was rewarded with the ultimate prize in 2017, as the Astros knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers in thrilling fashion to claim the first World Series crown in team history. During the regular season they ran away with the American League West, winning the division by a massive 21 games. Anchored by a dynamic offense and boosted by the late-season acquisition of a resurgent Justin Verlander, this historic team would not be denied on their way to the long-awaited title. Packed with superb coverage and vivid color photography from the Houston Chronicle, Astros Strong: Houston's Historic 2017 Championship Season guides fans through the Astros' entire amazing journey – from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and resiliency of the Houston community, to the Astros' quick work of the powerful Red Sox in the ALDS; from their hard-fought ALCS win over the young Yankees, all the way through their incredible World Series triumph over the dominant Dodgers. This commemorative edition also includes feature stories on Astros stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, George Springer, and other fan favorites, and is a mus...

  • Brand: Triumph Books
  • ASIN: B0774T39TN

Astroball Free-4-All (ASTROKIDS)

Astroball Free-4-All

Mir's father has pulled strings to have him named captain of the CLEO-7 AstroBall team just before the big tournament, and Mir, who knows little about the game, is tempted to cheat rather than lose. Includes facts about robots and instructions for decoding a secret message.Mir's father has pulled strings to have him named captain of the CLEO-7 AstroBall team just before the big tournament, and Mir, who knows little about the game, is tempted to cheat rather than lose.

  • ASIN: 0764226282

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Houston Astros

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Houston

****PRANK BOOK**** - The ULTIMATE 'Secret Santa' gift, for the avid Baseball fan. The book contains absolutely nothing, just the title on each page throughout the 130 pages! The book is blank and sold as a joke for people who dislike the team or a joke to play on people who absolutely love and adore their team - would make an ideal Christmas Present and is available for many, many Baseball teams. Just wait until they open their present to find a book on their favourite or least favourite Baseball team! Watch them look annoyed or laughing with joy as they flick through the quality blank pages!! The book would be ideal to use as a notebook and will amuse and thrill your family and friends!!

  • ASIN: 1978257821

Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball

Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats

Predictably Irrational meets Moneyball in ESPN veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Law’s iconoclastic look at the numbers game of baseball, proving why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong, explaining what numbers actually work, and exploring what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport.For decades, statistics such as batting average, saves recorded, and pitching won-lost records have been used to measure individual players’ and teams’ potential and success. But in the past fifteen years, a revolutionary new standard of measurement—sabermetrics—has been embraced by front offices in Major League Baseball and among fantasy baseball enthusiasts. But while sabermetrics is recognized as being smarter and more accurate, traditionalists, including journalists, fans, and managers, stubbornly believe that the "old" way—a combination of outdated numbers and "gut" instinct—is still the best way. Baseball, they argue, should be run by people, not by numbers.In this informative and provocative book, the renowned ESPN analyst and senior baseball writer demolishes a century’s worth of accepted wisdom, making the definitive case against the long-established view. Armed with concrete examples from different eras of baseball history, logic, ...

  • Brand: MORROW
  • ASIN: 0062490222

Baseball Analytics: Mathematics to Improve Your At-Bats for More Homers, Runs and Wins

Baseball Analytics: Mathematics to Improve Your At-Bats for

Why Teams Spend Millions on Analytics...Baseball is still largely a numbers game. The ability to hit 90+ MPH fastballs comes from understanding the probabilities behind certain pitches. Add different pitch types and you see why batting averages are so low. Improve your at-bats with the mathematics of elite hitters for more home runs and hits.How to Utilize Probabilities to Craft a Dangerous Offensive Team Strategy--Detailed statistics behind first pitch swinging, aggressiveness vs. patience, and its implications on hitting results.--Specialized offensive strategy based on the count, runners on base, with shocking evidence on the bunt and steal.--The one focus EVERY offense should have but almost NONE do.

  • ASIN: B073XX75JZ

Ballpark Mysteries #4: The Astro Outlaw

Ballpark Mysteries #4: The Astro

Now batting clean-up—book #4 in a new early chapter book mystery series where each book is set in a different American ballpark! Houston, we have a problem! Before a game at the Astros' ballpark, Mike and Kate get to meet astronaut commander Nick Rice at the nearby Houston Space Center. He's planning to display a very rare moonrock at an autographing event later. But just before the event, a nefarious outlaw knocks out the commander and steals the moonrock! Can Mike and Kate figure out who did it . . . when their only clue is a broken green feather?The Astro Outlaw includes a fun act page about the Houston Astros' stadium with trivia about the train on the outfield wall and the homerun gas pump.Cross Ron Roy's A to Z Mystery series with Matt Christopher's sports books and you get the Ballpark Mysteries: fun, puzzling whodunnits aimed at the younger brothers and sisters of John Feinstein's fans.

  • Brand: Random House Books for Young Readers
  • ASIN: 0375868836

Team Golf MLB Houston Astros Regulation Size Golf Balls, 3 Pack, Full Color Durable Team Imprint

Team Golf MLB Houston Astros Regulation Size Golf

Pack includes 3 multi-colored golf balls with full color team logo durable imprint.

  • Color: Black
  • Brand: Team Golf
  • ASIN: B008NU3QY6
  • UPC: 637556960054

Houston Astros World Series Champions: The Ultimate Baseball Coloring, Activity and Stats Book for Adults and Kids

Houston Astros World Series Champions: The Ultimate Baseball

Hours of fun for grown-up's and kids alike with this Houston Astros: 2017 World Series Champions Coloring Book full of Astros stars from past and present. Compare player statistics, color Astros players, logos, hats, full uniforms and more! Also includes a 'design-your-own' section with detailed custom templates to create the Astros 2018 style! Featuring: Carlos Correa, George Springer, Jose Altuve, Carlos Beltran, Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Marwin Gonzalez, Alex Bregman, Chris Devenski, Yuli Gurriel, Brian McCann, Jake Marisnick, Evan Gattis, Mike Fiers, Derek Fisher, Charlie Morton, Joe Musgrove, Justin Verlander, Josh Reddick and more! The perfect Christmas holiday or birthday gift idea for any true Astros fan with legends from the past like Nolan Ryan, Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman, among others. This book has it all! 100 pages. No backside printing to prevent bleed-through (1 player/image per page). Go Astros! Make sure to check out other books from author/illustrator Anthony Curcio all available through Amazon Prime!

  • ASIN: 1979901325
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