MVP Machine -- It’s no secret that the game of baseball has changed. My favorite part of the book was Sawchick and Lindbergh’s retelling of how a data-driven approach led to the Red Sox 2018 World Series victory.
The Education of a Coach -- I loved the recounting of how Bill Belichick came to be the legendary coach he is, even going back to his dad’s experience as a college coach with a keen scouting eye.
Belichick: The Making of the Greatest Football Coach of All Time -- I read 2/3 of this book back in February before I moved to Arizona to start Spring Training. Then, I found it at a used bookstore and read the rest of it through. I had two main takeaways from this and The Education of a Coach. 1. The best coaches work extremely hard. It should be obvious, but that was made clear to me throughout both books. 2. The best way to earn respect as a young coach is to help your players improve. It’s not about being someone you’re not; it’s about helping others improve.
Chasing Perfection: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the High-Stakes Game of Creating an NBA Champion -- I love looking at other sports to learn what they’re thinking. I became very intrigued in NBA Analytics last season and this book was a decent primer to understand their own analytical movement and what they’re doing to maximize its usefulness. It wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read, but I was interested in the topic, which helped me get all the way through it.
Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist -- I have front office aspirations, so I decided to start reading books on economics, investing, finance, etc. I figured that the most successful investor of our age was a good place to start. Overall a good book, although I realized that I have a lot to learn before I can understand everything Roger Lowenstein discussed. One thing that struck me was the way Buffett was able to break down complex topics and make them easily understandable for his clients.
Open: An Autobiography -- While I will never claim to be a major tennis fan, this autobiography of Andre Agassi was fascinating. He battled many demons and faced inner turmoil on his way to the top, all while hating the game his whole life. Definitely an interesting look into things considering some of my own struggles with baseball during and immediately after my own playing career. I almost quit the book because I found myself feeling some of his anguish after I put the book down, but stayed with it and enjoyed the change he underwent later in his career. For less than $7 on Amazon, it's a must-read for any person who wants to work in sports or just a sports fan in general.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future -- The first half of this book was extremely relevant to my life and it gave some language to things I've been thinking, and helped me get further into things like how to create a career you love. I could have done without the last 1/3 or so, but I read on hoping that there would be some stuff that really stood out. I'll read it again before 2019 is over and will stick with the parts that sing to me.
To be continued...
2019 Reading List