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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.
A story about the men in the Oakland Athletics clubhouse who in 1999 dared to think differently. Innovators, who out of necessity, smashed apart the foundation of baseball's... Read morePublished 4 days ago by Susan
It's pretty interesting. I'm not a big baseball fan and it was still good. Kind of slow at points. OkPublished 5 days ago by CarlyKay
Very enjoyable read. Saw the movie first so I had a sense of what was coming. The Bill James section was a little slow, but the rest of the book flew.Published 10 days ago by L. Penny
Five stars says it all!
A little belated, but I'll never be able to watch a baseball game the same way again.
Fasinating story of how the manager of the Oakand A's changed the way baseball was managed and evaluated to improve the A's performance.Published 12 days ago by Patty Ann
I got this book after watching the movie money ball with Brad Pitt. It's a great book and I couldn't put it down. Finished it in one day.Published 19 days ago by go jets!
At last some "science-sense" applied to the game. For too long fans have been at the mercy of announcers and other television experts who "watch a lot of games", or even "played... Read morePublished 1 month ago by VA Duck
Fascinating look into the GMs office and some of baseballs most creative and brightest minds. Great read for not just baseball fans but also a story about finding success where... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Josh