Download e-book for iPad: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

By Michael Lewis

ISBN-10: 0393057658

ISBN-13: 9780393057652

The Oakland Athletics have a mystery: a profitable baseball workforce is made, no longer received. In significant league baseball the largest pockets is meant to win: wealthy groups spend 4 occasions as a lot on expertise as negative groups. yet over the last 4 years, the Oakland Athletics, an enormous league crew with a minor league payroll, have had the most effective documents. final yr their star, Jason Giambi, went to the superrich Yankees. It hasn't made any distinction to Oakland: their impressive season integrated an American League list for consecutive victories. Billy Beane, common supervisor of the Athletics, is placing into perform at the box progressive ideas garnered from geek statisticians and school professors. Michael Lewis's outstanding, irreverent reporting takes us from the dugouts and locker rooms-where coaches and gamers fight to unlearn such a lot of what they learn about pitching and hitting-to the boardrooms, the place we meet vendors who start to seem like fools on the poker desk, spending huge, immense sums with no clue what they're doing. mix cash, technological know-how, leisure, and egos, and you have got a narrative that Michael Lewis is magnificently fitted to inform.

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Opening its pale blue cover, they found a short opening explanatory paragraph that failed to explain anything much, followed by sixteen pages of baseball statistics. Astonishingly short and abrupt paragraphs followed by pages and pages of numbers: that was James's quixotic early approach to getting across what he had to say. Were it not for the author's frequent assertion that it was one, there was no reason to think of the first Baseball Abstract as a book. ("In this next section of this book…") And there was certainly no reason to think that the writer had the capacity to lead the reader to a radical, entirely original understanding of his subject.

Once he decided that hitting was the most important tool and everything else was secondary, Alderson set about implementing throughout the organization, with Marine Corps rigor, a uniform approach to hitting. The approach had three rules: 1. Every batter needs to behave like a leadoff man, and adopt as his main goal getting on base. 2. Every batter should also possess the power to hit home runs, in part because home run power forced opposing pitchers to pitch more cautiously, and led to walks, and high on-base percentages.

He had a bravado, increasingly false, that no one in a fifty-mile radius was ever going to see through. He looked more like a superstar than any actual superstar. He was a natural leader of young men. Billy's weakness was simple: he couldn't hit. Or, rather, he hit sometimes but not others; and when he didn't hit, he unraveled. "Billy was of the opinion that he should never make an out," said Pittaro. " He busted so many bats against so many walls that his teammates lost count. One time he destroyed the dugout toilet; another time, in a Triple-A game in Tacoma, he went after a fan in the stands, and proved, to everyone's satisfaction, that fans, no matter what challenges they hollered from the safety of their seats, were better off not getting into fistfights with ballplayers.

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