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Astroball: The New Way to Win It All
by Ben Reiter

Language

English

Pages

261

Publication Date

July 10, 2018

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<b><i>NEW YORK TIMES</i> BESTSELLER • The inside story of the Houston Astros and the innovators who took them from the worst team in baseball to the World Series in 2017 and 2019</b><br />    <br /><b>“Superb . . . provides powerful insights into how organizations—not just baseball clubs—work best.”—<i>The Wall Street Journal</i></b><br /><br /><i>Astroball</i> picks up where Michael Lewis’s acclaimed <i>Moneyball</i> leaves off, telling the thrilling story of a championship team that pushed both the sport and business of baseball to the next level. In 2014, the Astros were the worst baseball team in half a century, but just three years later they defied critics to win a stunning World Series. In this book, Ben Reiter shows how the Astros built a system that avoided the stats-versus-scouts divide by giving the human factor a key role in their decision-making. Sitting at the nexus of sports, business, and innovation, <i>Astroball</i> is the story of the next wave of thinking in baseball and beyond, at once a remarkable underdog tale and a fascinating look at the cutting edge of evaluating and optimizing human potential.
The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. Here's How.
by Daniel Coyle

Language

English

Pages

258

Publication Date

April 16, 2009

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<p><b>What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? This groundbreaking work provides readers with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.</b><br /><br />Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.</p><p>Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.</p><p>• Deep Practice Everyone knows that practice is a key to success. What everyone doesn’t know is that specific kinds of practice can increase skill up to ten times faster than conventional practice.</p><p>• Ignition We all need a little motivation to get started. But what separates truly high achievers from the rest of the pack? A higher level of commitment—call it passion—born out of our deepest unconscious desires and triggered by certain primal cues. Understanding how these signals work can help you ignite passion and catalyze skill development.</p><p>• Master Coaching What are the secrets of the world’s most effective teachers, trainers, and coaches? Discover the four virtues that enable these “talent whisperers” to fuel passion, inspire deep practice, and bring out the best in their students.</p><p>These three elements work together within your brain to form myelin, a microscopic neural substance that adds vast amounts of speed and accuracy to your movements and thoughts. Scientists have discovered that myelin might just be the holy grail: the foundation of all forms of greatness, from Michelangelo’s to Michael Jordan’s. The good news about myelin is that it isn’t fixed at birth; to the contrary, it grows, and like anything that grows, it can be cultivated and nourished.</p><p>Combining revelatory analysis with illuminating examples of regular people who have achieved greatness, this book will not only change the way you think about talent, but equip you to reach your own highest potential.</p>
Scotty: A Hockey Life Like No Other
by Ken Dryden

Language

English

Pages

352

Publication Date

October 29, 2019

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<b><i>A hockey life like no other.</i></b><br /><br /><b><i>A hockey book like no other.</i></b><br /><br />Scotty Bowman is recognized as the best coach in hockey history, and one of the greatest coaches in all of sports. He won more games and more Stanley Cups than anyone else. Remarkably, despite all the changes in hockey, he coached at the very top for more than four decades, his first Cup win and his last an astonishing thirty-nine years apart. Yet perhaps most uniquely, different from anyone else who has ever lived or ever will again, he has experienced the best of hockey continuously since he was fourteen years old. With his precious standing room pass to the Montreal Forum, he saw "Rocket" Richard play at his peak every Saturday night. He saw Gordie Howe as a seventeen-year-old just starting out. He scouted Bobby Orr as a thirteen-year-old in Parry Sound, Ontario. He coached Guy Lafleur and Mario Lemieux. He coached against Wayne Gretzky. For the past decade, as an advisor for the Chicago Blackhawks, he has watched Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, and Connor McDavid. He has seen it all <i>up close</i>. <br /><br />Ken Dryden was a Hall-of-Fame goaltender with the Montreal Canadiens. His critically acclaimed and bestselling books have shaped the way we read and think about hockey. <br /><br />Now the player and coach who won five Stanley Cups together team up once again.<br /><br />In <i>Scotty</i>, Dryden has given his coach a new test: Tell us about all these players and teams you've seen, but imagine yourself as their coach. Tell us about their weaknesses, not just their strengths. Tell us how you would coach them and coach against them. And then choose the top eight teams of all time, match them up against one another in a playoff series, and, separating the near-great from the great, tell us who would win. And why.<br /><br />This book is about a life—a hockey life, a Canadian life, a life of achievement. It is Scotty Bowman in his natural element, behind the bench one more time.
The Expected Goals Philosophy: A Game-Changing Way of Analysing F...
by James Tippett

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English

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November 06, 2019

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<p>The Expected Goals method is football’s best kept secret. The metric gives unparalleled insight into which teams and players are performing at the highest level.<br /><br />Professional gamblers have used Expected Goals to make millions through football betting. Club scouts have used Expected Goals to identify hidden gems in the transfer market. And the media have recently started using Expected Goals to offer more profound insight in their broadcasts.<br /><br />Despite this, most ordinary fans still don’t understand what the Expected Goals method is – or appreciate the significant impact that it is set to have on the sport in coming years.<br /><br />Expected Goals (otherwise known as xG) was originally conjured up by a small corner of the online football analytics community. It didn’t take long for professional gamblers to begin using xG to predict match outcomes. These bettors utilised the Expected Goals method to turn over hundreds of millions of pounds from the bookmakers.<br /><br />Before long, football clubs had caught on to the ground-breaking insight given by xG. Brentford FC were leaders in this field, managing to assemble a Play-Off-reaching squad on a shoe-string budget. In the last five years, the small West London side have turned over more than £100m in transfer profit from their use of the Expected Goals method in player recruitment.<br /><br />More recently, the Expected Goals method has been adopted by the media as a form of insight. Fans are finally catching on to the pioneering means of football analysis. Soon enough, anyone who doesn’t understand the Expected Goals philosophy will be left behind.<br /><br /><br />“This book will make you watch football differently” – Tobias Pedersen<br /><br />“Possibly the most ground-breaking football book ever written” – Football Impact<br /><br />“A brilliant account of the history and future of Expected Goals” – StatShot</p>
From the Author of Smart Pickleball: The Pickleball Guru's Guide ...
by , Randy Mantiply

Language

English

Pages

81

Publication Date

October 31, 2019

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<p>Prem Carnot, the Pickleball Guru, author of bestselling <em>Smart Pickleball</em>, is one of the World's Premier Pickleball Coaches. He has helped 1000s of pickleball players improve their game through clinics, bootcamps, and private coaching. <br /><br />In the first book of his Bootcamp Series, Prem guides you through the shot you must have to improve your pickleball game - the drop shot! Pickleball's drop shot is one of the most important skills you need to take your game to the next level! And Prem takes you through every aspect of the drop shot! When, why, where, who, and how to make the perfect drop shot.<br /></p>
The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data...
by , Travis Sawchik

Language

English

Pages

385

Publication Date

June 04, 2019

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<b>Move over, <i>Moneyball </i>-- </b><b>a cutting-edge look at major league baseball's next revolution: the high-tech quest to build better players.</b> <br /> As bestselling authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik reveal in <i>The MVP Machine</i>, 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.<br /><br />Lindbergh and Sawchik's behind-the-scenes reporting reveals:<ul><li>How the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox used cutting-edge technology to win the World Series</li><li>How undersized afterthoughts José Altuve and Mookie Betts became big sluggers and MVPs</li><li>How polarizing pitcher Trevor Bauer made himself a Cy Young contender</li><li>How new analytical tools have overturned traditional pitching and hitting techniques</li><li>How a wave of young talent is making MLB both better than ever and arguably worse to watch</li></ul>Instead of out-drafting, out-signing, and out-trading their rivals, baseball's best minds have turned to out-<i>developing</i> opponents, 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. <i>The MVP Machine</i> 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.
YOU (Only Faster)
by Greg McMillan

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English

Pages

258

Publication Date

December 14, 2013

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YOU (Only Faster) is a departure from the traditional running book as Greg McMillan walks the reader step by step through the process he uses to create his successful customized training plans, teaching you how to tweak a plan based on your own strengths and weaknesses as a runner. Find out the secrets behind Greg's 20 years of success in coaching athletes of all ages and abilities from beginners to Olympians!<br /><p><br />"Greg McMillan is one of the best and smartest distance-running coaches in America." - Amby Burfoot, Runner's World Magazine<br /></p><p><br />"I had the privilege of running under Greg's tutelage during our time working with Italian coach, Gabriele Rosa. Greg understands the needs of the athlete and how to prepare for a peak performance on race day. If you're an athlete and want to train smarter and run faster, study his methods. If you're a coach, get your pen and notebook ready, Greg's training philosophy works." - Josh Cox, American Record Holder<br /></p><p><br />"With YOU (Only Faster), Greg McMillan illustrates the sound methods of training endurance runners which has made him one of America's top distance coaches. Every runner and coach who is serious about improvement will benefit from this outstanding book." - Joe Vigil, Olympic Distance Coach</p>
The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership
by Sam Walker

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English

Pages

319

Publication Date

May 16, 2017

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<b><b>A bold new theory of leadership drawn from elite captains throughout sports—named one of the best business books of the year by CNBC, <i>The New York Times, Forbes, strategy+business, The Globe and Mail,</i> and <i>Sports Illustrated</i></b><br /> <br /><b>“The book taught me that there’s no cookie-cutter way to lead. Leading is not just what Hollywood tells you. It’s not the big pregame speech. It’s how you carry yourself every day, how you treat the people around you, who you are as a person.”—Mitchell Trubisky, quarterback, Chicago Bears</b><i><br /></i></b><br /><b>Now featuring analysis of the five-time Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and their captain, Tom Brady</b><br /><br />The seventeen most dominant teams in sports history had one thing in common: Each employed the same type of captain—a singular leader with an unconventional set of skills and tendencies. Drawing on original interviews with athletes, general managers, coaches, and team-building experts, Sam Walker identifies the seven core qualities of the Captain Class—from extreme doggedness and emotional control to tactical aggression and the courage to stand apart. Told through riveting accounts of pressure-soaked moments in sports history, <i>The Captain Class</i> will challenge your assumptions of what inspired leadership looks like.<br />  <br /> <b>Praise for <i>The Captain Class</i></b><br />  <br /> “Wildly entertaining and thought-provoking . . . makes you reexamine long-held beliefs about leadership and the glue that binds winning teams together.”<b>—Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, Chicago Cubs</b><br />  <br /> “If you care about leadership, talent development, or the art of competition, you need to read this immediately.”<b>—Daniel Coyle, author of <i>The Culture Code</i></b><br />  <br /> “The insights in this book are tremendous.”<b>—Bob Myers, general manager, Golden State Warriors</b><br />  <br /> “An awesome book . . . I find myself relating a lot to its portrayal of the out-of the-norm leader.”<b>—Carli Lloyd, co-captain, U.S. Soccer Women’s National Team</b><br />  <br /> “A great read . . . Sam Walker used data and a systems approach to reach some original and unconventional conclusions about the kinds of leaders that foster enduring success. Most business and leadership books lapse into clichés. This one is fresh.”<b>—Jeff Immelt, chairman and former CEO, General Electric </b><br />  <br /> “I can’t tell you how much I loved <i>The Captain Class</i>. It identifies something many people who’ve been around successful teams have felt but were never able to articulate. It has deeply affected my thoughts around how we build our culture.”<b>—Derek Falvey, chief baseball officer, Minnesota Twins</b>
The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Per...
by David Epstein

Language

English

Pages

353

Publication Date

August 01, 2013

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<b>The <i>New York Times</i> bestseller – with a new afterword about early specialization in youth sports<b> – </b>by the author of <i>Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World</i>.</b><br /><br /> The debate is as old as physical competition. Are stars like Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, and Serena Williams genetic freaks put on Earth to dominate their respective sports? Or are they simply normal people who overcame their biological limits through sheer force of will and obsessive training?<br /><br /> In this controversial and engaging exploration of athletic success and the so-called 10,000-hour rule, David Epstein tackles the great nature vs. nurture debate and traces how far science has come in solving it. Through on-the-ground reporting from below the equator and above the Arctic Circle, revealing conversations with leading scientists and Olympic champions, and interviews with athletes who have rare genetic mutations or physical traits, Epstein forces us to rethink the very nature of athleticism.
Golf is Not a Game of Perfect
by Bob Rotella

Language

English

Pages

234

Publication Date

September 17, 2007

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Filled with insightful stories about golf, Dr. Bob Rotella’s delightful book will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.<br /><br />Dr. Bob Rotella is one of the hottest performance consultants in America today. Among his many professional clients are Nick Price (last year's Player of the Year), Tom Kite, Davis Love III, Pat Bradley, Brad Faxon, John Daly, and many others. Rotella, or “Doc,” as most players refer to him, goes beyond just the usual mental aspects of the game and the reliance on specific techniques. What Rotella does here in this extraordinary book, and with his clients, is to create an attitude and a mindset about all aspects of a golfer's game, from mental preparation to competition. The most wonderful aspect of it all is that it is done in a conversational fashion, in a dynamic blend of anecdote and lesson. And, as some of the world's greatest golfers will attest, the results are spectacular. Golfers will improve their golf game <i>and</i> have more fun playing. Some of Rotella's maxims include:<br /> <br />-On the first tee, a golfer must expect only two things of himself: to have fun, and to focus his mind properly on every shot.<br /> <br />-Golfers must learn to love 'the challenge when they hit a ball into the rough, trees, or sand. The alternatives—anger, fear, whining, and cheating—do no good.<br /> <br />-Confidence is crucial to good golf. Confidence is simply the aggregate of the thoughts you have about yourself.<br /> <br />-It is more important to be decisive than to be correct when preparing to play any golf shot or putt.<br /> <br />Filled with delightful and insightful stories about golf and the golfers Rotella works with, <i>Golf Is Not a Game of Perfect</i> will improve the game of even the most casual weekend player.

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