Join us Thursday, May 18th at 6:30pm for reading and baseball discussion with Keith Law, Michael Fallon, and Peter Schilling! This event celebrates the release of Keith Law's new book, Smart Baseball.
Keith Law is a senior baseball writer for ESPN Insider and an analyst for ESPN’s Baseball Tonight, focusing on all types of baseball analysis. Prior to joining ESPN, Law spent four and a half years working as a Special Assistant to the General Manager for the Toronto Blue Jays, handling all statistical analysis and was also a writer for Baseball Prospectus. Law holds degrees from Harvard and Carnegie Mellon and lives in Delaware.
Peter Schilling Jr. is the author of The End of Baseball, Mark Twain's Mississippi River, and Carl Barks' Duck. He lives seven blocks from Moon Palace Books and is currently working on his next novel.
Michael Fallon is based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, where he has, since 1997, published hundreds of reviews, feature articles, essays, and profiles for publications such as City Pages in Minneapolis, the Orange County Weekly, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Pittsburgh City Paper, Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine, the Utne Reader, Public Art Review, American Craft, and Art in America.
He is also author of the book Creating the Future: Art and Los Angeles in the 1970s (Counterpoint Press, 2014) and Dodgerland: Decadent Los Angeles and the 1977–78 Dodgers (University of Nebraska Press, 2016).
The 1977-78 Los Angeles Dodgers came close. Their tough lineup of young and ambitious players squared off with the New York Yankees in consecutive World Series. The Dodgers' run was a long time in the making after years of struggle and featured many homegrown players who went on to noteworthy or Hall of Fame careers, including Don Sutton, Steve Garvey, Davey Lopes, and Steve Yeager.
Predictably Irrational meets Moneyball in ESPN veteran writer and statistical analyst Keith Law's iconoclastic look at the numbers game of baseball, proving why some of the most trusted stats are surprisingly wrong, explaining what numbers actually work, and exploring what the rise of Big Data means for the future of the sport.