- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Norton; First Edition edition (2004)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002N61YB8
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,297 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game [Moneyball] Hardcover – 2004
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I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story. The story concerned a small group of undervalued professional baseball players and executives, many of whom had been rejected as unfit for the big leagues, who had turned themselves into one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball. But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to write it—before I had a story to fall in love with. It began, really, with an innocent question: how did one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win so many games? With these words Michael Lewis launches us into the funniest, smartest, and most contrarian book since, well, since Liar's Poker. Moneyball is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball. The logical places to look would be the front offices of major league teams, and the dugouts, perhaps even in the minds of the players themselves. Lewis mines all these possibilities—his intimate and original portraits of big league ballplayers are alone worth the price of admission—but the real jackpot is a cache of numbers—numbers!—collected over the years by a strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts: software engineers, statisticians, Wall Street analysts, lawyers and physics professors.
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Overall, the book was okay, and I bought it cheap. I certainly did learn a few things. That being said, the movie was far more entertaining and well done. I wouldn't necessarily recommend "Moneyball" unless someone is a baseball or statistics fanatic.
If you are a Met fan and you can't make sense out of the moves Sandy Alderson has made this offseason, you need to read this book! Also, it gave some insight into Paul DePodesta, who was Billy Beane's right-hand man in Oakland and is now one of Alderson's deputies with the Mets.
Also, as a politics buff, I found it funny how the panel assembled by Comissioner Bud Selig included George Will and Paul Volcker, where the conservative Will lobbied for the maintenance of socialism in baseball while Volcker, an Obama advisor, was the one skeptical if small market teams were really suffering under the current structure.