Crown Archetype Astroball: The New Way to Win It All

Ben Reiter
$27
When we hosted Ben Reiter in our Houston shop, people lined up outside the door to meet him. And we sold out of books that night, because here's the thing: Ben is something of a fortune teller. Back in 2014, he wrote a cover story for Sports Illustrated predicting that the notoriously terrible, consistently bottom-of-the-league Houston Astros would win the 2017 World Series. This was a bizarrely specific claim, and at the time, people thought he was crazy. But a new GM (Jeff Luhnow) and a former-rocket-scientist analyst (Sig Mejdal) had been hard at work devising a new scouting strategy — one that combined human instinct and hard statistics — to rebuild the team with key draft picks. And, you know, it paid off... because on November 1, 2017, the Astros defeated the Dodgers 5-1. It was a big deal. So while everyone loves a comeback story, this is more than that. As the New York Times wrote, it's "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."

The Specs

  • hardcover
  • 160 pages
  • 5.4" x 0.7" x 8.2"
  • Blue Rider Press

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