5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First (Hardcover)
Keri's "Extra 2%" is the most important book since "Moneyball" on the business of building winning baseball teams.
Keri's analysis is at its sharpest when it focuses on the Rays' management team: Stuart Sternberg, Andrew Friedman and Matt Silverman. Each of these men enjoyed successful careers on Wall Street before they came to run the Rays. Keri closely examines the skill set that this management team brought to the Rays from Wall Street. In particular, Keri credits the ability of the Rays' management team to employ Wall Street-type arbitrage techniques to identify and exploit valuable opportunities for the Rays to improve. The genius of the arbitrage approach is that no single action taken by Rays' management need pay huge dividends -- it is the Rays' relentless pursuit of small advantages that, in combination, has made the team one of the very best in baseball.
Keri brings to his subject an unparalleled understanding of the game of baseball, a dry wit and a rooting interest in the fate of the underdog Rays, who are perpetually locked into American League East battle with the big bad Yankees and Red Sox. If you're interested in what makes a baseball team successful, this book is a must read.