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Short Synopsis
Brian Kenny—outspoken MLB Network host and commentator—uses stories from baseball's present and past to examine why we sometimes choose ignorance over information, and how tradition can trump logic, even when directly contradicted by evidence.

Full Synopsis
Most people who resist logical thought in baseball preach "tradition" and "respecting the game." But many of baseball's traditions go back to the nineteenth century, when the pitcher's job was to provide the batter with a ball he could hit and fielders played without gloves. Instead of fearing change, Brian Kenny wants fans to think critically, reject outmoded groupthink, and embrace the changes that have come with the "sabermetric era." In his entertaining and enlightening book, Kenny discusses why the pitching win-loss record, the Triple Crown, fielding errors, and so-called battling titles should be ignored.

Kenny also points out how fossilized sportswriters have been electing the wrong MVPs and ignoring legitimate candidates for the Hall of Fame; why managers are hired based on their looks; and how the most important position in baseball may just be "director of decision sciences."

Ahead of the Curve debunks the old way of analyzing baseball and ushers in a new era of straightforward logic. Illustrated with unique anecdotes from those who have reshaped the game, it's a must-listen for fans, players, managers, and fantasy enthusiasts.

“From his many years at ESPN and his current perch at the MLB Network, the TV face of the "Baseball Age of Enlightenment" reflects on the rise of analytics and the torpedoing of decades long conventional baseball wisdom. . . . Kenny supplies plenty of flesh and blood anecdotes about players, baseball executives, and media colleagues to satisfy even the oldest, most computer-averse fan. A delight for baseball lovers but also a useful parable about the power of habit and tradition, barriers to accepting answers hiding in plain sight for years.” ---Kirkus

“This bolt of analytical lightning will make sports talk shows crackle.” ---Booklist Starred Review

“An excellent, entertaining read for the all-around baseball fan, whether you love sabermetrics or avoid them.” ---Library Journal

“[a] straight-shooting, opinionated book . . . part memoir, part baseball history, and part record book, Kenny’s debut is written for the serious fan.” ---Publishers Weekly
Booklist Review

Ahead of the Curve

Inside the Baseball Revolution

Author Brian Kenny

Narrated by Brian Kenny

Publication date Jul 20, 2016

Running time 10 hrs 10 min

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