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Moneyball : the art of winning an unfair game (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Michael Lewis

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This book explains how Billy Beene, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, is using a new kind of thinking to build a successful and winning baseball team without spending enormous sums of money. The author examines the fallacy behind the major league baseball refrain that the team with the biggest wallet is supposed to win. Over the past four years the Oakland Athletics, a major league team with a minor league payroll, have had one of the best records in the country. General Manager Billy Beene is putting into practice on the field revolutionary principles to build his team that have been concocted by geek statisticians and college professors, rather than using the old scouting technique called "gut instinct." The author takes us behind the scenes with the Oakland A's, into the dugouts, and into the conference rooms where the annual Major League draft is held by conference call, and rumor mongering is par for the course as each team jockeys for position for their favored player.I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story. The story concerned a small group of undervalued professional baseball players and executives, many of whom had been rejected as unfit for the big leagues, who had turned themselves into one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball. But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to write it, before I had a story to fall in love with. It began, really, with an innocent question: how did one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win so many games? This book is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball.… (more)
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Title:Moneyball : the art of winning an unfair game
Authors:Michael Lewis
Info:New York : W. W. Norton, c2003.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:baseball, statistics, Billy Beane

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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (2003)

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    Dollar Sign on the Muscle: The World of Baseball Scouting by Kevin Kerrane (bostonian71)
    bostonian71: A good look at how baseball scouts work and what they look for, and an interesting counterpoint to the stats-based approach described in Moneyball.
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    The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First by Jonah Keri (tmarlow05)
    tmarlow05: Details the rise of the Tampa Bay Rays. Shows how techniques used on Wall Street can be utilized to put together a competitive baseball team.
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    Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall (zhejw)
    zhejw: Both books are stories of outsiders changing the conventional way of approaching a sport. Both authors write compelling narratives that draw the reader into the stories of the individuals who are at the center of this new way of looking at their sport.
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    Soccernomics: Why England Loses, Why Germany and Brazil Win, and Why the U.S., Japan, Australia, Turkey--and Even Iraq--Are Destined to Become the Kings of the World's Most Popular Sport by Simon Kuper (chazzard)
    chazzard: The authors of Soccernomics frequently refer to Moneyball, and apply similar statistical methods.
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    Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt (tcarter)
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Pretty enjoyable. Made me appreciate baseball a bit more (I'm not really a baseball fan except to go to the ballpark and watch a live game). ( )
  JohnKaess | Jul 23, 2020 |
Fascinating subject, somewhat undercut by Lewis being annoying. ( )
  AldusManutius | Jul 5, 2020 |
Billy Beane was General Manager of the Oakland A's in the late 90s and wanted a system that would make a poor team competitive with a team that had a much bigger budget. He decided to use on-base averages versus batting skills to challenge a lot of the typical assumptions about what makes a good baseball player. He tried to deconstruct baseball strategy into a more measurable science and use market realities to field a team.

I thought it was interesting to read how statistical analyses worked and see how the Oakland As built one the the top franchises in major league baseball with the second lowest payroll.

It was a really refreshing book about the economics of baseball. You will rethink how baseball players are evaluated after you've read this book and you may view the game a little differently. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
I've never really been a big fan of baseball. That said, I really enjoyed this book. He does an excellent job of portraying the various people in the story. He spends the time for most of them going into their background so you understand how they ended up there. This ends up being about the people and their struggle against a system that's against them. ( )
  tjl | Jan 2, 2020 |
I don't follow baseball and aside from a single season of little league I've never played the sport so you can characterize me as a lower than casual fan (when I root for a team I'm usually just rooting for the city). Having said that, I really enjoyed this book, which is about baseball but really about conceptions of value. Michael Lewis' writing style is easy and approachable even in the midst of convoluted and seemingly boring subjects (I mean he made baseball statistics interesting, thrilling at times). There isn't an abundance of intellectual rigor here but then I wouldn't have been interested if there were. This is a really entertaining non-fiction beach read that strikes the perfect balance of NPR profundity and opinionated style. ( )
  Adrian_Astur_Alvarez | Dec 3, 2019 |
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Lately in a wreck of a Californian ship, one of the
passengers fastened a belt about him with two hundred
pounds of gold in it, with which he was found afterwards
at the bottom. Now, as he was sinking-- had he the gold?
or the gold him?
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This book explains how Billy Beene, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, is using a new kind of thinking to build a successful and winning baseball team without spending enormous sums of money. The author examines the fallacy behind the major league baseball refrain that the team with the biggest wallet is supposed to win. Over the past four years the Oakland Athletics, a major league team with a minor league payroll, have had one of the best records in the country. General Manager Billy Beene is putting into practice on the field revolutionary principles to build his team that have been concocted by geek statisticians and college professors, rather than using the old scouting technique called "gut instinct." The author takes us behind the scenes with the Oakland A's, into the dugouts, and into the conference rooms where the annual Major League draft is held by conference call, and rumor mongering is par for the course as each team jockeys for position for their favored player.I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story. The story concerned a small group of undervalued professional baseball players and executives, many of whom had been rejected as unfit for the big leagues, who had turned themselves into one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball. But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to write it, before I had a story to fall in love with. It began, really, with an innocent question: how did one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win so many games? This book is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball.

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