Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Newsletter Excerpt, June 4, 2019 -- "The MVP Machine"

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"The MVP Machine describes an entirely different world, a playercentric one in which all talent can be undervalued, in which all players have the agency to become not what the scouts or the stats say they are, but whatever they’re willing to put in the work to become. It introduces a cast of characters who are new to the game, outsiders like Driveline Baseball’s Kyle Boddy and the Ball Yard’s Doug Latta, who practice independent thinking and use rafts of new technology to develop the skills players already have. Even those teachers, though, aren’t the stars of the book."