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Future Value

The Battle for Baseball's Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Superstar
Narrated by: Perry Daniels
Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins

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An unprecedented look inside the world of baseball scouting and evaluation from FanGraphs' lead prospect analysts.  

For the modern major-league team, player evaluation is a complex, multipronged, high-tech pursuit. But far from becoming obsolete in this environment - as Michael Lewis' Moneyball once forecast - the role of the scout in today's game has evolved and even expanded. Rather than being the antithesis of a data-driven approach, scouting now represents an essential analytical component in a team's arsenal.   

Future Value is a thorough dive into the world of the contemporary scout - a world with its own language, methods, metrics, and madness. From rural high schools to elite amateur showcases, from the back fields of spring training to major-league draft rooms, FanGraphs' Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel break down the key systems and techniques used to assess talent. It's a process that has moved beyond the quintessential stopwatches and radar guns to include statistical models, countless measurable indicators, and a broader international reach. 

Practical and probing, discussing wide-ranging topics from tool grades to front-office politics, this is an illuminating exploration of how to watch baseball and see the future.

©2020 Eric Longenhagen and Kailey McDaniel (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Tyler Burch
  • 27-08-2020

Fantastic material needing an accompanying PDF

For the right listener, this book is a wealth of knowledge. It provides a ton of useful information looking into the baseball industry, speaking to how things work in front offices, how decisions are made, how scouting is performed, and so on. For someone interested in the nuts-and-bolts of how an MLB team is run in the year 2020, this is the book for you. It's incredibly in-depth, and very illuminating. My three qualms: 1. This book sorely needs an accompanying PDF. There's times where the narrator is just endlessly reading off table after table of values, which is near impossible to parse in real-time and desperately needs to be looked at in visual form. 2. This text is very much a product of its time. If you read it right now, in 2020, it will provide a ton of knowledge. I worry about its longevity though - some due to the industry changing so rapidly, but some due to specific player/team references that may not hold 5 years down the line. 3. The narrator does a good job at pronouncing some names, but a bad job at pronouncing others. It seemed as though he did research on how to pronounce names of foreign-born players, but then didn't think to look up how to pronounce Scooter Gennett's name. At no point did this impair understanding content, just a minor annoyance that creeps up here and there.

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  • Joseph
  • 14-10-2020

incredible, best book I read all quaritine!

incredible, best book I read all quaritine. a ton of valuable information and very interesting.