Moneyball, Michael Lewis

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  1. Austin S. Says:

    Summary: In this very intriguing baseball read, it runs ordinary people through the life of Billy Beane, Current Oakland A’s manager on how he brought the poorest team in baseball to the top of the food chain. Billy Beane was an extraordinary baseball talent himself. He was drafted in the first round of the 1980 MLB draft. He never met the expectations of what the scouts projected him as, which was a star. After his playing career he decided he wanted to work in the front office and after seven years of being a scout he was elected GM. As a GM, he has applied statistical analysis to players, which is known as sabermetrics. Some people didn’t agree with his proposal of this new system but in the long run they have succeeded and flourished with an extremely low salary cap. Billy Beane has brought a new element to the game of baseball and more teams are trying to copy their system.

    Evaluation: This is one of my favorite books. It displays a completely different aspect to the game of baseball that most people would never even think about. It’s a crazy concept but it helped the A’s win 20 games in a row, which hadn’t been done in 100 plus years. In the book, Billy seemed like a very genuine guy. He has been very instrumental in the growth of the Oakland Athletics. One character defining moment for me was when Billy was offered to be the GM at Boston and would become the highest paid GM in the history of sports but he didn’t take it and stayed with the A’s. Great read and I would recommend it to people, even if you have no interest in baseball.

    Rating: 5 Stars

    Recommendations: Deadline By Chris Crutcher, Roses are Red By James Patterson

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