Since Spring Training for the MLB is quickly approaching (pitchers and catchers report this week!), I wanted to share a fantastic read surrounding a game so fine, it’s played on a diamond. It’s called Power Ball: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game by Rob Neyer, and it dove into the modern game of baseball in such a strong, analytical way. Does anyone remember the book (or movie) Moneyball? In it, Billy Beane develops a new way to fill a roster, by focusing on previously ignored stats such as on base percentage, to maximize the chance of winning without maxing out the team payroll. Well, Power Ball explores what happens when Billy Beane’s baseball meets the new era of the game: one that involves spin rate, exit velocity, and other metrics for predicting the success of a player at a given level. AKA, the A’s and (the reigning World Series champs) the Astros.
You may be asking yourself “Why does she even care about this?”… well, I came by it honestly. Meet the cutest left-handed pitcher in the Indians organization. He has a 95 mph fastball, a wicked curve ball, and the magical ability to let me binge read as much as I want. If that doesn’t equal top prospect and hubby of the year, I honestly don’t know what does.
Okay, so back to the book. This was a fantastic look into the game of baseball on a more analytical perspective. It really dove into the modern game of baseball in such a strong, analytical way. If you’re a fan of baseball – or more specifically, a fan of learning about the game behind the game – you need to check this book out!
Thank you so much to Harper Collins for providing me with a copy! It’s my privilege to share my honest thoughts and opinions with you all!