Ahead of the Curve

  • by Brian Kenny
  • Narrated by Brian Kenny
  • 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Most people who resist logical thought in baseball preach "tradition" and "respecting the game". But many of baseball's traditions go back to the 19th 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.


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Wonderful detail on baseballs past and future

I've been an audible subscriber for well over 10 years and this is the first review I've decided to submit. Brian Kenny in his book Ahead of the Curve really shows us how backwards thinking baseball can be. It is wonderful to hear someone think outside the box, and show and prove that the game can change. I know it can take a long time, but it is possible. I love the fact that Brian read the book himself. Although I am sure there are better readers out there, his enthusiasm and excitement for the game and his process shines through the entire book. Highly recommended!
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- Bradley


This was an excellent book which makes tons of sense. If I were to coach again I would implement many of the principles . I wish some MLB manager would have the guts to do the pitching plan in 2017, I know it work work well but nobody has the guts to be so different ! I am available to manage any team! I would!
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- Walter "Audible has been important to me since 2008."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-11-2016
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio