The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team

Ben Lindbergh


What may occur if statistics-minded outsiders have been allowed to run a qualified baseball team?

It’s the final word in delusion baseball: You get to choose the roster, set the lineup, and choose on concepts -- with genuine avid gamers, in a true ballpark, in a true playoff race. That’s what baseball analysts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller obtained to do while an self sufficient minor-league workforce in California, the Sonoma Stompers, provided them the opportunity to run its baseball operations in response to the main complex data. Their tale in The purely Rule is it Has to paintings is in contrast to the other baseball story you have ever read.

We tag alongside as Lindbergh and Miller practice their number-crunching insights to all features of assembling and operating a workforce, following one cardinal rule for judging every one innovation they struggle: it has to work. We meet colourful figures like normal supervisor Theo Fightmaster and boundary-breakers just like the first overtly homosexual participant in expert baseball. Even José Canseco makes a cameo appearance.

Will their wisdom of numbers aid Lindbergh and Miller convey the Stompers a championship, or will they fall on their faces? Will the group have a aggressive virtue or is the sport’s folks knowledge actual in the end? Will the gamers allure the eye of big-league scouts, or are they on a quick music to oblivion?

It’s a wild journey, through turns provocative and absurd, as Lindbergh and Miller inform a narrative that may converse to numbers geeks and traditionalists alike. and so they turn out that you simply don’t want a bat or a glove to make a real contribution to the game.

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