Up & In - An Interview with "The Only Rule Is It Has To Work" Co-Author Ben Lindbergh - Therp Sesh
Welcome to a new episode of Up & In, the sports podcast from Cult City. The name of this podcast actually comes from a baseball term, where a pitcher will throw up and in, in order to back the batter off of home plate. Strangely enough, though, we’ve never had an episode where we talk baseball. It’s baseball season, Zack is a big Nationals fan, so this is something we had to remedy.
And we’re remedying it in the biggest of ways, by bringing on New York Times best selling author Ben Lindbergh. He, along with his co-author Sam Miller, wrote the book, “The Only Rule is it Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team.”
We talk about the book, clubhouse chemistry – is it measureable, is its impact different in the majors versus lower level professional baseball, and more; using sports as a tool to teach mathematics and statistics in school; left-handed catchers; anxiety; LGBT athletes in professional sports; and a lot more about so many things he covers in the book; plus an admittedly dumb question about Clayton Kershaw, a couple questions about Bryce Harper, and a quick talk about wearables (Fitbit, Jawbone, etc.) and their impact on data analysis and players.
Please go buy the book, “The Only Rule is it Has to Work.” The website for the book is www.theonlyruleisithastowork.com, where you can find stats, videos, pictures. You can find excerpts of the book, other interviews, reviews, and links to buy the book online. You can also subscribe to Ben and Sam’s podcast, called “Effectively Wild,” on iTunes.
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