In The Science of Baseball, sportswriter and injury expert Will Carroll shows how understanding the science behind the Great American Pastime helps fans appreciate its nuances and that it enhances, not detracts from the greatest game ever invented. Carroll, as well as several experts via interviews, covers topics like what makes the ball break, bounce, and fly; how material science and physics work together to make the bat function; how hitters use physics, geometry, and force to connect; sensors and cameras; injuries; and much more.
Baseball aficionados and science geeks alike will better appreciate the game--no matter which teams are playing--after reading this comprehensive book!
“My favorite baseball writing is discovering things hidden in plain sight. Carroll gives us a comprehensive look at the game, from the makings of the baseball itself, to the benefits (and dangers) of analytics. The game has changed dramatically in the last decade, yet so many traditional baseball questions remain unanswered. Carroll asks these questions, while easing your fear of a robot ump future.” --Brian Kenny, MLB Network and author of Ahead of the Curve
“As The Science of Baseball notes, baseball is a game of science, but it’s also one of magic. To many of us, the magic of the sport is in the science. This book is an intriguing look at how this beautiful game where the impossible can happen is rooted in rhyme and reason. Carroll adeptly explores the physical and statistical phenomena of baseball, undertaking aspects of the game that could be considered dry in an engaging and thought-provoking way. A must-read for any baseball fan who has ever had to explain why baseball’s slower pace belies its complexity.” --Kavitha A. Davidson, award-winning sportswriter and podcaster
"For years, Will Carroll has been ahead of the game. No matter the subject, Will is always thinking ahead and knows of the next big thing before any of the rest of us. In The Science of Baseball, Will brings you inside those conversations that are usually held in bars and hotel lobbies at baseball's most high-profile events. Reading the book is like sitting in the corner of the booth with the brightest people in the game and just shutting up and listening. It's a fascinating read that touches on every part of not just the modern game of baseball, but of the future of the sport." --C. Trent Rosecrans, The Athletic and BBWAA President, 2021
"There’re not a lot of writers that understand baseball more than Will. The Science of Baseball really showcases Will’s extensive knowledge of the game and breaks down the science behind the sport we all love. This is a great read for baseball fans looking to understand the game from a scientific perspective.” --Mike Reinold, Chicago White Sox Sr. Medical Advisor and President of the American Physical Therapy Association
"Will Carroll does what he has been doing for years: Tackling interesting, sometimes complicated baseball topics and breaking them down into digestible pieces. The Science of Baseball will engage you and make you smarter about the game.” --Jon “Boog” Sciambi, Chicago Cubs and ESPN play by play announcer