The MVP Machine

How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players

Ranked #12 in Baseball, Ranked #24 in Sports Psychologysee more rankings.

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

As bestselling 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.

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Anders Ericsson Author, PsychologistHigh-speed cameras and radar-tracking devices have revolutionized training and are now giving baseball pitchers accurate, detailed and actionable feedback during practice. This captivating book details step-by-step how merely good major league pitchers have recently been able to transform themselves into great ones and reach previously unattainable levels of mastery by purposeful and deliberate practice. (Source)

Nate Silver For too long, stat geeks like me ignored the 'development' side of 'scouting and development.' The MVP Machine is the book that's going to change that. Travis Sawchik and Ben Lindbergh persuasively and entertainingly demonstrate that a baseball player's success is less about God-given talent and more about innovation, hard work, and the willingness to take a more scientific approach to the game. Read it, and you won't think about baseball in quite the same way again. (Source)

Bill Simmons I wish this book spent more time on the Red Sox winning four times as many titles as the Yankees this century, but The MVP Machine is a great and informative deep dive on the challenges of unlocking talent and building winning teams in the age of analytics. (Source)

Eno Sarris @dmoniz611 yeah that was a great book! (Source)

Kyle Boddy In all seriousness, it's a great book (so far, anyway). The parts about Branch Rickey were amazing. It's awesome to read about one of the game's most important people, and the bravery he exhibited in many things he did. Rickey was a true zero to one thinker. (Source)

Jared Sandler @DustinDietz18 @digitlcowboy @ForeGunner @AktanE @MikeBacsik @thegoods33 great book. (Source)

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