The Literature of Baseball will explore in depth the development side of baseball. Instead of out-drafting, out-signing, and out-trading rivals, baseball’s best minds have turned to out-developing opponents, gaining greater edges than ever by perfecting prospects and eking extra runs out of older athletes who were once written off. In The MVP Machine
, (Basic Books, 2019) authors Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik take us inside the transformation of former fringe hitters into home-run kings, show how washed-up pitchers have emerged as aces, and document how coaching and scouting are being turned upside down. The MVP Machine
charts the future of baseball and offers a lesson that goes beyond talent: Success stems not from focusing on finished products, but from making the most of untapped potential. Study group members will engage in lively discussion about our favorite teams and their rivals, MLB happenings, and the 2020 season, good and bad. After all, hope and despair both spring eternal, especially in Chicago during baseball season. Note: This study group meets for 13 weeks, starting on 03/11/20.