Sports Illustrated writer Ben Reiter covers the Houston Astros baseball team’s slow, arduous and exemplary evolution from perennial losers into World Series champs. He shows how general manager Jeff Lunhow and “director of decision sciences” Sig Medjal combined traditional gut-based scouting with cutting-edge data analysis to determine each player’s worth in terms of money and skill. Reiter offers an insider’s look into vivid deals and sports drama, giving more space to players’ fortunes and less to specific analytics. Baseball fans – especially Astros fans – as well as those curious about the business of professional sports – will find much to enjoy here.
About the Author
Sports Illustrated senior writer Ben Reiter has written many cover stories for the magazine.