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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Format:  Paperback,

320 pages

Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc

Publish Date: Apr 2004

ISBN-13: 9780393324815

ISBN-10: 0393324818

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Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Michael Lewis has written not only "the single most influential baseball book ever" (Rob Neyer, Slate) but also what "may be the best book ever written on business" (Weekly Standard). 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? With these words Michael Lewis launches us into the funniest, smartest, and most contrarian book since, well, since Liar's Poker. Moneyball is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the front offices of major league teams, and the dugouts, perhaps even in the minds of the players themselves. Lewis mines all these possibilities-his intimate and original portraits of big league ballplayers are alone worth the price of admission-but the real jackpot is a cache of numbers-numbers -collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers and physics professors. What these geek numbers show-no, prove-is that the traditional yardsticks of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. Even the box score misleads us by ignoring the crucial importance of the humble base-on-balls. This

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Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc
Publish Date: Apr 2004
ISBN-13: 9780393324815
ISBN-10: 0393324818
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.65
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.75 x 8.5 x 0.5
Walmart No.: 393324818

About the author

Biography of Lewis, Michael

Michael Lewis was born in New Orleans, Louisiana on October 15, 1960. He received a BA in art history from Princeton University in 1982 and a Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics in 1985. He is a non-fiction author/journalist of mostly financial themes. His books include Liar's Poker, Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, The Money Culture, and Boomerang.

Chapter outline

Prefacep. XI
The Curse of Talentp. 3
How to Find a Ballplayerp. 14
The Enlightenmentp. 43
Field of Ignorancep. 64
The Jeremy Brown Blue Plate Specialp. 97
The Science of Winning an Unfair Gamep. 119
Giambi's Holep. 138
Scott Hatteberg, Pickin' Machinep. 162
The Trading Deskp. 188
Anatomy of an Undervalued Pitcherp. 217
The Human Elementp. 244
The Speed of the Ideap. 263
Epilogue: The Badgerp. 281
Postscript: Inside Baseball's Religious Warp. 287
Acknowledgmentsp. 303
Indexp. 305

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2003-02-01)

The author of Liar's Poker and The New New Thing has written a remarkable book on how a really successful baseball team competes even when the economic odds are stacked against it. He profiles Billy Beene's reign as the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, a team of modest payroll that is nevertheless loaded with young talent. He shows how a new generation ascertains talent by using computers and the caber world with its abundant baseball statistics. Beene discarded older notions of scouting players and spent money wisely instead of gambling on whim to sign unproven players. For most sports collections.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Library Journal (2004-02-15)

Lewis's best-selling account of the unorthodox business practices of Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane is fascinating from both business and sports perspectives. A former number one draft choice of the New York Mets, Beane was a flop as a player but learned from his experience that he should not draft or trade for superficially flashy athletes like himself. Committing his organization to the teachings of baseball statistics guru Bill James, Beane acquires players who can get on base and pitchers with high out-to-walk ratios, paying little attention to body type and eccentricities.

Winning with players no one else wants, the A's make the playoffs every year despite a low budget. Scott Brick reads ably despite mispronouncing several players' names. One of the most engrossing baseball books ever; highly recommended for all collections.

-Michael Adams, CUNY Graduate Ctr.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Michael Lewis has written not only "the single most influential baseball book ever" (Rob Neyer, Slate) but also what "may be the best book ever written on business" (Weekly Standard).

"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?"

With these words Michael Lewis launches us into the funniest, smartest, and most contrarian book since, well, since Liar's Poker. Moneyball is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the front offices of major league teams, and the dugouts, perhaps even in the minds of the players themselves. Lewis mines all these possibilities—his intimate and original portraits of big league ballplayers are alone worth the price of admission—but the real jackpot is a cache of numbers—numbers!—collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers and physics professors.

What these geek numbers show—no, prove—is that the traditional yardsticks of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. Even the box score misleads us by ignoring the crucial importance of the humble base-on-balls. This information has been around for years, and nobody inside Major League Baseball paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics.

Billy paid attention to those numbers —with the second lowest payroll in baseball at his disposal he had to—and this book records his astonishing experiment in finding and fielding a team that nobody else wanted. Moneyball is a roller coaster ride: before the 2002 season opens, Oakland must relinquish its three most prominent (and expensive) players, is written off by just about everyone, and then comes roaring back to challenge the American League record for consecutive wins.

In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win... how can we not cheer for David?

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