Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

Michael Lewis

Moneyball is a quest for the key of good fortune in baseball. Following the affordable Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life common manger, Billy Beane, and the unusual brotherhood of beginner baseball fanatics, Michael Lewis has written not just "the unmarried so much influential baseball ebook ever" (Rob Neyer, Slate) but additionally what "may be the simplest e-book ever written on company" (Weekly Standard).

"I wrote this e-book simply because I fell in love with a narrative. the tale involved a small crew of undervalued specialist baseball gamers and managers, lots of whom have been rejected as not worthy for the massive leagues, who had became themselves into essentially the most winning franchises in significant League Baseball. however the notion for the ebook got here good sooner than I had strong cause to jot down it—before I had a narrative to fall in love with. it all started, quite, with an blameless query: how did one of many poorest groups in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win such a lot of games?"

With those phrases Michael Lewis launches us into the funniest, smartest, and such a lot contrarian e-book due to the fact that, good, since Liar's Poker. Moneyball is a quest for whatever as elusive because the Holy Grail, whatever that cash it sounds as if cannot purchase: the key of good fortune in baseball. The logical locations to seem will be the entrance places of work of significant league groups, and the dugouts, even perhaps within the minds of the gamers themselves. Lewis mines a majority of these possibilities—his intimate and unique graphics of huge league ballplayers are on my own well worth the expense of admission—but the genuine jackpot is a cache of numbers—numbers!—collected through the years by means of an odd brotherhood of novice baseball lovers: software program engineers, statisticians, Wall road analysts, legal professionals and physics professors.

What those geek numbers show—no, prove—is that the normal yardsticks of luck for avid gamers and groups are fatally mistaken. Even the field ranking misleads us through ignoring the the most important significance of the standard base-on-balls. this data has been round for years, and no-one within significant League Baseball paid it any brain. after which got here Billy Beane, normal supervisor of the Oakland Athletics.

Billy paid realization to these numbers —with the second one lowest payroll in baseball at his disposal he had to—and this ebook files his fabulous test to find and fielding a staff that no-one else sought after. Moneyball is a curler coaster trip: ahead of the 2002 season opens, Oakland needs to relinquish its 3 so much admired (and dear) gamers, is written off by means of with reference to everybody, after which comes roaring again to problem the yank League list for consecutive wins.

In a story choked with exceptional characters and tremendous tours into the unforeseen, Michael Lewis indicates us how and why the recent baseball wisdom works. He additionally units up a sly and hilarious morality story: significant funds, like Goliath, is usually speculated to will we now not cheer for David?

"One of the simplest baseball—and management—books out....Deserves a spot within the Baseball corridor of Fame."—Forbes

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