Ben Lindbergh & Travis Sawchik Book Signing
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About The Event
Join us at Foley's as Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik sign their book MVP MACHINE: How Baseball’s New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players.
About the Book:
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.
Instead of out-drafting, out-signing, and out-trading their rivals, baseball’s best minds have turned to out-developingopponents, 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.
About the Authors:
Ben Lindbergh is a staff writer for The Ringer. He also hosts the Effectively Wild podcast for FanGraphs and regularly appears on MLB Network. He is a former staff writer for FiveThirtyEight and Grantland, a former editor-in-chief of Baseball Prospectus, and the New York Times bestselling co-author of The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team. He lives in New York City, and tweets @BenLindbergh.
Travis Sawchik is a staff writer for FiveThirtyEight and previously worked as a baseball analyst for FanGraphs and covered the Pirates for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Travis is the author of the New York Times bestseller Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles, and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak. Sawchik has won national Associated Press Sports Editor awards and his work been featured on ESPN and MLB Network. Sawchik lives in Bay Village, OH, and tweets @Travis_Sawchik.