Saturday, January 30, 2010

Coming to a Theatre Near You.

Moneyball, The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis; 2003; W.W. Norton & Company, New York; 288 pages; 796.357 L675m; 11/30-12/3/05
The Oakland A’s have an exciting new way to look at players and how to determine their ultimate value to the team. It is a radically different approach to evaluate players and to build a team. Over the years many statistical approaches have been used to determine which players were most valuable, Bill James and Voros McCracken challenged the conventional ways of thinking. Once he determined the validity of their theories, Oakland General Manager Billy Beane began to use these statistical measures and was able to build a winning team in a completely new way. Many cried foul and said it was the end of the beloved game as we know it. However the game had changed years ago and those responsible for running the game were decades behind. Michael Lewis has written an exciting account of a season behind the scences in baseball. If you want to know about the business of game of baseball as it is now, this is a great book.

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