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What would happen if two statistics-minded outsiders were allowed to run a professional baseball team?

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It's the ultimate in fantasy baseball: You get to pick the roster, set the lineup, and decide on strategies—with real players, in a real ballpark, in a real playoff race. That's what baseball analysts Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller got to do when an independent minor-league team in California, the Sonoma Stompers, offered them the chance to run its baseball operations according to the most advanced statistics.

We tag along as Lindbergh and Miller apply their number-crunching insights to all aspects of assembling and running a team, following one cardinal rule for judging each innovation they try: it has to work. We meet colorful figures like general manager Theo Fightmaster and boundary-breakers like the first openly gay player in professional baseball. Even José Canseco makes a cameo appearance.

Will their knowledge of numbers help Lindbergh and Miller bring the Stompers a championship, or will they fall on their faces? Will the team have a competitive advantage or is the sport's folk wisdom true after all? Will the players attract the attention of big-league scouts, or are they on a fast track to oblivion?

"[F]un, breezy, and moving read." ---Jonah Keri, author of Up, Up, and Away

"[A] relentlessly smart and consistently funny journey." ---Stefan Fatsis, author of Word Freak

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work

Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team

Author Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller

Narrated by Kirby Heyborne, John Pruden

Publication date May 17, 2016

Running time 13 hrs 21 min

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