Recently entered the financial services field and this was recommended reading. Good real world example where knowledge is significant factor in success (with a special nod to mathematics and statistics). For aspiring athletes, lots of focus on players that have profound positive impact yet would have traditionally been overlooked for the major leagues. Interesting read.
This was a really interesting look into the application of economic techniques to running a baseball team. In order to compete against teams with much more money, Billy Beane, the manager of the small market Oakland A's, began to look at aspects of the game which were undervalued by the majority of MLB.
The ideas in this book have led to a major revolution in how baseball teams are run and is a must read for anyone who wants to understand the inner workings of Major League baseball teams.
What a brilliant book! It explains everything you need to know about the money side of baseball: behind the scene.
A must-read not only for baseball fans but for everyone else as well.
You don't even need to know the rules to understand it, and I promise you'll enjoy every moment of it.
If you have any interest in baseball, this is a must read! My only criticism is that it didn't get into too much detail on any of the new "advanced" statistics. Hope the upcoming movie can live up to the book it is based on.
Well written book, shows the complexity of Billy Beane and others. I haven't seen the movie, and I suspect I won't because the moviewriters probably made the story saccharine. I'm one that believes that Billy Beane is helping ruin the game.
Jerry R. reviewed Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game on
I did like this, after seeing the movie, which I though brushed over some of the statistics and thoughts behind this change in baseball, I had to read the book. I found it to be interesting and an enjoyable read, though still did not explain as much as I wanted behind the change pro sports. The analytics that have overtaken all sports.
FL-in-NH reviewed Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game on
From the back:
Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis follows the low-budget Oakland A's, visionary general manager Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball theorists. They are all in search of the new baseball knowledge - insights that will give the little guy hwo is willing to discard old wisdom the edge over big money.
Moneyball has been out for a while but was fascinating to read how technology put a poorly funded team in the thick of competition. Traditional baseball believed in fit players that "look" like pros, but good stats proved that others could be better and were under priced. Using stats, there are a lot of traditional baseball practices that seem wrong, like stealing bases, bunting, and paying for a closer.
The reasons for questioning traditional baseball wisdom is much better explained in the book than in the movie. If you follow baseball, the book is a great read.
I had never seen this noteworthy book until last week when I ran across a copy on the 'free' book truck at the branch library. As I took it to the shelf of the old soldiers' home I read Chapter 9 The Trading Deck. It includes the Five 'Simple Rules' for success in this business, one being "knowing what every player is worth to you" in dollars.
The author was moved to invest his time in writing this book because he observed "some baseball executives seems to be much better at getting wins out of dollars" spent.
This edition has an afterword, i.e. how the 2003 edition was misconstrued, that makes it better than the first for readers, in my opinion.