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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.
It's an individual "behind the scenes" account of the sport, and it's a fun journey.Published 23 hours ago by M. D. Amazon
Liar's Poker, The Big Short, Blindside, and Flash Boys are better, but Moneyball meets the hype. Don't miss the postscript where Lewis doesn't hold back on MLB guard's Moneyball... Read morePublished 5 days ago by PDW
Very well written by an author who knows what he is doing. At the end of the book, he describes the reaction of the baseball "establishment" to the book. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kimbrough Bassett
Fascinating from start to finish. As a relatively casual baseball fan who learned most of what I know from listening to the patter of the TV announcers, I was startled by the... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Tom G
Excellent book, a must read for all sports and/or statistics fan. I didn't even liked Baseball when I started reading it, now I find myself with a bigger interest on the sport,... Read morePublished 10 days ago by chaodck