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Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game par [Lewis, Michael]
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Billy Beane, general manager of MLB's Oakland A's and protagonist of Michael Lewis's Moneyball, had a problem: how to win in the Major Leagues with a budget that's smaller than that of nearly every other team. Conventional wisdom long held that big name, highly athletic hitters and young pitchers with rocket arms were the ticket to success. But Beane and his staff, buoyed by massive amounts of carefully interpreted statistical data, believed that wins could be had by more affordable methods such as hitters with high on-base percentage and pitchers who get lots of ground outs. Given this information and a tight budget, Beane defied tradition and his own scouting department to build winning teams of young affordable players and inexpensive castoff veterans.

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

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Lewis (Liar's Poker; The New New Thing) examines how in 2002 the Oakland Athletics achieved a spectacular winning record while having the smallest player payroll of any major league baseball team. Given the heavily publicized salaries of players for teams like the Boston Red Sox or New York Yankees, baseball insiders and fans assume that the biggest talents deserve and get the biggest salaries. However, argues Lewis, little-known numbers and statistics matter more. Lewis discusses Bill James and his annual stats newsletter, Baseball Abstract, along with other mathematical analysis of the game. Surprisingly, though, most managers have not paid attention to this research, except for Billy Beane, general manager of the A's and a former player; according to Lewis, "[B]y the beginning of the 2002 season, the Oakland A's, by winning so much with so little, had become something of an embarrassment to Bud Selig and, by extension, Major League Baseball." The team's success is actually a shrewd combination of luck, careful player choices and Beane's first-rate negotiating skills. Beane knows which players are likely to be traded by other teams, and he manages to involve himself even when the trade is unconnected to the A's. " `Trawling' is what he called this activity," writes Lewis. "His constant chatter was a way of keeping tabs on the body of information critical to his trading success." Lewis chronicles Beane's life, focusing on his uncanny ability to find and sign the right players. His descriptive writing allows Beane and the others in the lively cast of baseball characters to come alive.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1286 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 337 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0393338398
  • Editeur : W. W. Norton & Company; Édition : 1st (17 mars 2004)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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Par Alexandre MEMBRE DU CLUB DES TESTEURS le 29 novembre 2011
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I used to teach statistics and econmetrics, I used to play baseball in France so I bought this book is for me :-). Like every others books of Michael Lewis, this one is very interesting. Easy to read even if you're not a statistician or a baseball player, this book is well documented. I've had pleasure to read it and learn lots of things. I recommend it to my students in master of finance.
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I was told "it's not only for baseball fans", but I have to confirm that for me it was!
Don't get me wrong, the content focussing on dedication and drive is great, but it all goes down to baseball games. Not my thing.
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A book about baxeball -- a real story. But you do need to know a bit about baseball culture and the stats or you might be overwhelmed by it all.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Brilliant book about a baseball revolution 20 juin 2015
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Read this book only if you are prepared to realize that much of what you thought you knew about baseball is nonsense. This book is an amazing eye-opener about a then radical new way of managing a pro baseball team that allowed the dirt-poor Oakland A's to win as many games as the fat-cat NY Yankees. Using detailed statistical analysis created by baseball fans like Bill James who wanted to know how to make better teams in their fantasy baseball leagues, Oakland GM Billy Beane drafted or traded for players other teams considered sub-standard or worn-out and Oakland became a post-season threat despite having the second lowest payroll in the major leagues. Although the baseball establishment reacted with horror and contempt to having its time-honored methods of choosing players challenged, the approach used in Moneyball has been widely adopted by many teams including the Boston Red Sox who won the World Series shortly after doing so. Since reading this book I laugh every time I hear an announcer use the phrase, "productive out", knowing that over the long haul it's teams that don't trade outs for bases that win more games. The Moneyball approach remains controversial with many fans and baseball industry insiders--it's more fun to watch someone bunt a runner to second than it is to watch that hitter draw a walk--but the numbers show that over time the walks are more valuable to a team. Regardless of how much you agree with Bill James and Billy Beane, this is a terrific book that will make you really think about how the game of baseball works.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Terrific read. For some reason 7 janvier 2017
Par Mark Taylor - Publié sur
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Terrific read. For some reason, I didn't read it until 2016. It has a different perspective now after 13 years. We have already seen the affects of Moneyball and Sabermetrics on baseball. Theo Epstein seems to be the greatest beneficiary of the theory, the man who used sabermetrics and had a budget to spend. Two World Series victories, one for the Red Sox and another for the Cubs after many decades of losing. The Cubs didn't win the World Series in 2016; Theo Epstein was the winner. I liked reading Moneyball to follow the theories and careers of those who were the big players in the book. The afterward by Lewis gives a lot of insight into the reaction of baseball's old boy network, the old guard who rejected change.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 I don't like baseball. Let's put that out there 22 novembre 2016
Par J.H. - Publié sur
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I don't like baseball. Let's put that out there. This book helped me outline exactly what it is that I don't like about baseball, and how to explain that to the baseball fanatics I'm surrounded by. It's well written and an interesting take on 'america's game'. It had me considering some of the reasons why I don't enjoy baseball and led me to do further research on the game.

Good book.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 This will be required reading for my children as they get older! 15 mars 2017
Par Brenda Vallejo - Publié sur
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Moneyball will go down as one of my favorite books. Lewis does an incredible job putting the reader in the As organization. I felt like I was there as this story happened. I experienced all range of emotions (including tears and laughter) as I read through the pages. This was one of those books that you don't want to put down. If you've seen the movie the book! The stories not captured by the movie are so emotional and entertaining. At the end of the book your left with the feeling that there are multiple was to value people and things in your life. Some people will hate you for your views but it doesn't mean you should change yourself or your views. Go out and prove your right.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Michael Lewis is everything people says he is- A Great Writer 30 juin 2013
Par stingray - Publié sur
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I saw the movie, good movie. I heard of Moneyball a lot and recently I read Trading Bases by Joe Peta that talks about baseball and gambiing and Wall Street. It whetted my apetite to read Moneyball and even though the book was written 2003, it still resonates today. I was not disappointed. It was easy to read and being a sport fan, I recognize players of years ago but what like about the book is that you were like a fly in the wall with strong narrative skills explaining what Billy Beane was doing in a easy and simple way that you sort of understand this fascination with numbers.

The plot is simple, Billy Beane was a baseball player that had superstar written all over him. He over thinks about being a ball player and pretty much is out as a player. He comes back and re-invents himself as a General Manager of the Oakland A's and piggybacking from Bill JamesWho is the father of saber metrics), Sandy Alderson, the GM before him who believe in putting numbers to player on efficiency. The mantra was on base percentage. Even if the guy was blind, if he had great OBP, Beane will try to get him. Oakland with no money and in the low rent district had to compete with the likes of the Yankees( who one player made more then the whole Oakland time worth around 120 million). But compete they did, Beane made it a science, his assistant Paul Deposta from Harvard- gleaned the most of players no body wanted. No team was calculating or running the numbers, the way the Oakland did( now each team has several number analyst running the numbers).

It a great book. See the movie first then read the book- if you do it reverse you will be disappointed. The book explains it so that most people could understand this phenomena.
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