The Inside Game: Bad Calls, Strange Moves, and What Baseball Behavior Teaches Us About Ourselves

The Inside Game: Bad Calls, Strange Moves, and What Baseball Behavior Teaches Us About Ourselves

In this groundbreaking book, Keith Law, the ESPN baseball writer and author of the acclaimed Smart Baseball, offers an era-spanning dissection of some of the best and worst decisions in modern baseball, explaining what motivated them, what can be learned from them, and how their legacy has shaped the game.

For years, Daniel Kahneman’s iconic work of behavioral science Thinking Fast and Slow has been required reading in front offices across Major League Baseball. In this smart, incisive, and eye-opening book, Keith Law applies Kahneman’s ideas about decision making to the game itself.

Baseball is a sport of decisions. Some are so small and routine they become the building blocks of the game itself—what pitch to throw or when to swing away. Others are so huge they dictate the future of franchises—when to make a strategic trade for a chance to win now, or when to offer a millions and a multi-year contract for a twenty-eight-year-old star. These decisions have long shaped the behavior of players, managers, and entire franchises. But as those choices have become more complex and data-driven, knowing what’s behind them has become key to understanding the sport. This fascinating, revelatory work explores as never before the essential question: What were they thinking?

Combining behavioral science and interviews with executives, managers, and players, Keith Law analyzes baseball’s biggest decision making successes and failures, looking at how gambles and calculated risks of all sizes and scales have shaped the sport, and how the game’s ongoing data revolution is rewriting decades of accepted decision making. In the process, he explores questions that have long been debated, from whether throwing harder really increases a player’s risk of serious injury to whether teams actually “overvalue” trade prospects.

Bringing his analytical and combative style to some of baseball’s longest running debates, Law deepens our knowledge of the sport in this entertaining work that is both fun and deeply informative.

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  • Will Byrnes

    Identifying the questions you must ask and the data or evidence you will need is the first step in decision-making, and you can do that more effectively once you’re aware of the pitfalls posed by...

  • Bryan Alkire

    Ok book. The examples were interesting, but to be honest, the book is cliché. I’ve read books on decision making, behavioral economics, aand the new baseball paradigm over the past few years. I can...

  • Ric

    Any book that starts out with “the case for robot umpires” is good by me, because if I have to see Aaron Judge get punched out on a ball at his shins one more time I’m going to lose my mind. But...

  • Joe

    Smart, entertaining, surprisingly quick read. Not a baseball book so much as a book that uses baseball like Mary Poppins used a spoonful of sugar. Recommended....

  • Adam

    I think we may have reached the saturation point for books about baseball analysis. I'm as big of a baseball nerd as you'll find so I usually eat this stuff right up, but even I had to admit to myself...

  • Mark Simon

    Got an early look at this one with a reviewer copy - and I liked it. It's a book that asks you to think about how you think, using baseball examples to explore biases. You kind of need to brace yourse...

  • Angela Lim

    Do you ever just like... miss baseball so much that you read a book about baseball economics?By the time a sports book goes to print, it is always out-of-date. This is definitely the case in The Insid...

  • Allen Adams

    https://www.themaineedge.com/sports/t...Baseball is a game of decisions, both on the field and off it. And when we talk about Major League Baseball, well – there are A LOT of choices that need to be...

  • Andrew Abruzzese

    This book is an intriguing sort of popularization, using the vehicle of baseball to bring some ideas from psychology, sociology, business, and economics to a broader audience. We all could be better d...

  • Brandon

    So I am a sucker for any media that tries to apply data and method to baseball. This is mostly because baseball generates enough measurable data to convince many that it can be tamed and catalogued de...