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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

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Billy Beane, general manager of MLB's Oakland A's and protagonist of Michael Lewis's Moneyball, had a problem: how to win in the Major Leagues with a budget that's smaller than that of nearly every other team. Conventional wisdom long held that big name, highly athletic hitters and young pitchers with rocket arms were the ticket to success. But Beane and his staff, buoyed by massive amounts of carefully interpreted statistical data, believed that wins could be had by more affordable methods such as hitters with high on-base percentage and pitchers who get lots of ground outs. Given this information and a tight budget, Beane defied tradition and his own scouting department to build winning teams of young affordable players and inexpensive castoff veterans.
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I Like It....It´S True
This movie tells the reality as it should be negotiations on the sports teams (and valid to the big corporations) and not necessarily the players more expensive are the most effective

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An art yes, Win....jury is still out on that one
So most people wonder how Moneyball always comes up in the finance circle and the answer lie inside this book. Moneyball shows you how picking players to play in the Big's is a lot like looking for great stocks to invest in. This book is very interesting whether you like baseball, investing or none of the above. In my opinion Michael Lewis does a good job describing the ins and outs of the A's management and there shift from traditional drafting styles to a more in in depth statistical one.

You won't learn much about trading or investing at all but it's a interesting story nonetheless.

Great read for the airplane or a train ride, or if you download the audio version it's perfect for your car.

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Why the A's never win the World Series
I'm a big Michael Lewis. His writing style is such that he can humanize a lot of topics that I feel the majority of the public has a hard time understanding. That being said, his books always leave me feeling a little wanting as to make these topics accessible he'll often simplify the details/history of a subject for the sake of easy readability.

Moneyball is no different from his standard works other than its' subject matter (Major League baseball). As a long time baseball and sabermetrics geek I was left a bit disappointed by Lewis's take on the matter, but I think Lewis probably made the right choices for mass market appeal.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the way Lewis showed us inside the lives of these A's teams. But I disagree with his faith in sabermetrics. And I think we've seen since the publication of Moneyball that you still need physically gifted talent to actually win in the postseason. It's no accident that the Red Sox won two world series and the A's went to none. Both used sabermetrics, but the Red Sox also acquired elite athletes (and apparently acquired juicers)

Now I love baseball stats as much as the next guy and think they are far more telling than the crusty old-timers will try to tell you, but the A's under Beane over rely on them if you ask me.There's too much in baseball that's qualitative to leave all your decisions to stats.

mainly because baseball is a mental game. And the game is truly won in the mind.

yes a left handed reliever with a hard slider for the home team might get left handed hitters out 82.6% of the time in May the day after a long road trip, but what matters just as much or more is the mental battle between that individual pitcher and each batter he faces. Stats aren't going to tell you why Chuck Knobloch and Steve Sax suddenly can't throw to first base anymore. Or Why Eric Show got hooked on speedballs. Or why Dave Dravecky's arm basically fell off. Or why Mark Wohlers lost his ability to throw strikes.

but they will tell you a lot and the newer stats like WHIP are ushering in an exciting era in baseball stats that give us better ways to more completely measure performance than ever.

Still MoneyBall I think will be looked upon ten years from now as a window in time book analyzing a fad, not one that revolutionized baseball.

Solid entertaining read. I recommend it despite my nitpicking.

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Teaches Outstanding Analysis
One of my favorite books because it details, like The Greatest Trade Ever, how a few people strayed from mainstream "wisdom" and used an alternative theory to enjoy success. These are the kinds of books more people should read, but it's sad that they arent as popular as puff pieces like bald clowns on TV which is why finance and profit theory are so lacking in useful content...I heard they're thinking about making a movie on this so hopefully it'll do the solid book justice!

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