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. Now Keith Law applies Kahneman's ideas about decision making to the game itself.
By walking us through the conscious and unconscious influences that impact how baseball works, Law gives us a new perspective on the intricacies of the sport—a perspective that matches the more data-driven and analytically-inclined model followed by 21st century practitioners of the game ... an interesting dichotomy, matching Law’s undeniable baseball acumen with his more dilettante understanding of behavioral science; there are a number of ways in which this whole thing could easily have gone off the rails. However, Law maintains a firm hand, never allowing his personal levels of knowledge overly skew the conversation ... Be warned: The Inside Game definitely gets pretty wonky in spots. It is far from the traditional baseball book for sure ... Smart and savvy, The Inside Game is a gem.
In a market saturated with baseball books, Law's stands out by exploring key decisions in the game ... Highly recommended for serious followers of baseball and readers interested in how statistical analysis and trends can be applied in any sport.