Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.
This is perhaps Moneyball 2.0 or Baseball Analytics Updated. Whereas Michael Lewis's 2002 bestseller focused on the offensive side of baseball this one focuses on defense. It includes the esoteric facets of the game like zone ratings, extreme shifts and pitch framing. Sawchik isn't as talented a writer as Lewis and I doubt that a movie based on this book starring Brad Pitt is likely in the future it's still a good read/ listen.
Michael Lewis goes back to his New Orleans high school where his old coach Billy Fitzgerald has come under fire from his player's parents and is in danger of losing his position. Lewis then takes on the attitude of the players millennial parents; one that tells them it is their duty to remove both obstacles and consequences from their son's paths. Ultimately Fitzgerald retained his coaching job until February 2014. It was also this project that brought Lewis together with his old high school teammate Sean Tuohy; which led to the bestseller "The Blind Side" which of course became the hit movie "The Blind Side." The sale price of 2.95 makes this a fantastic bargain.
Michael Lewis tells the inside story of his best selling book (and eventually a feature film as well) Moneyball, along with the story of his high school baseball coach referred to as Coach Fitz. He relates the behind the scenes story of how he came to write the book initially and the controversy that followed it's release. In Coach he tells the story of how his high school baseball coach came close to losing his job for the exact same reason that a good number of his ex-players meet to honor him. A study of the differences between the kids of the early eighties and those playing at the same high school twenty years later. More to the point it relates the differences in the parents of those two generations of players.