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Lewis was in the room with the A's top management as they spent the summer of 2002 adding and subtracting players and he provides outstanding play-by-play. In the June player draft, Beane acquired nearly every prospect he coveted (few of whom were coveted by other teams) and at the July trading deadline he engaged in a tense battle of nerves to acquire a lefty reliever. Besides being one of the most insider accounts ever written about baseball, Moneyball is populated with fascinating characters. We meet Jeremy Brown, an overweight college catcher who most teams project to be a 15th round draft pick (Beane takes him in the first). Sidearm pitcher Chad Bradford is plucked from the White Sox triple-A club to be a key set-up man and catcher Scott Hatteberg is rebuilt as a first baseman. But the most interesting character is Beane himself. A speedy athletic can't-miss prospect who somehow missed, Beane reinvents himself as a front-office guru, relying on players completely unlike, say, Billy Beane. Lewis, one of the top nonfiction writers of his era (Liar's Poker, The New New Thing), offers highly accessible explanations of baseball stats and his roadmap of Beane's economic approach makes Moneyball an appealing reading experience for business people and sports fans alike. --John Moe --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I am an avid sports fan, but I am also one of those people who's obsessed with learning new stuff. The book went into much better and more interesting detail about sabrmetrics &... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
This is an excellent, well-written book about all things related to baseball statistics and strategy. Read morePublished 14 days ago by George Fergus
I love sports but not always sports books. This book was an exception. Lewis a great writer that looks at things differentlyPublished 16 days ago by Joseph Sinnott
It's a pretty good book. Stays true to the "US documentary"-stile, which does blunt the edge. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Avander
Awesome book. A great read for anyone who likes baseball, statistics, economics, and the overlap between these areas.Published 24 days ago by KJ
Michael Lewis has a great way of making history and difficult subjects not only understandable but entertaining and FUNNY. He's done it again with baseball and statistics. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Ed Lenardson