I loved the book. It includes a much better discussion of the statistics that make baseball 'inefficient'. The performance is also excellent.
By the end of the book I was still very interested in Billy Bean in particular. And I do think the book was interesting and very well constructed, but in hind sight I am not the target audience. I am not sure I would change the book as much as I would change my expectations.
Yes! I like Michael Lewis' writing style and the in-depth approach he takes. I feel more knowledgable having read this and I am sure his other books would do the same.
Engaging, passionate, alive
Moneyball shows that a championship baseball team can be built with comparatively little money and comparatively little money. Measure the values that actually contribute to victory, optimize around them, and be willing to make favorable trades.
The 20 game winning streak. Validates Beane's approach to baseball.
Inspiring story of changing the odds when the odds are against you. Includes in-depth stories of individual players who baseball tradition rejected, but were given a chance to succeed. Shows how rational thinking and math can bring about great change in an environment ripe with stubbornness.
One of the best books, sports-related or otherwise. Told from a perspective that requires very little knowledge about the game itself.
Danny E Sieg
The pages seemed to turn themselves. A riveting look at Major League Baseball.
The inner sanctum of America's favorite sporting game. I've been a baseball player since Little League and American Legion baseball throughout my late teens. College separated the students from the athletes who were indeed a cut above the rest of us wannabes.
I wouldn't be capable or desire to write about this highly competitive game of professionals. Michael Lewis has provided a story unlike any sports writer has, or at least, written with such interest of the fan. Imagine a mediocre MLB team becomingthe best winning team on a budget less than most successful NCAA collage programs. The NY Yankees spend millions for a roster full of superstars that doesn't assure a winning season.
I highly recommend this faction novel for those who have grown to love competitive sporting events. With the fan enjoying a favourite team be victorious and the "agony of defeat" when the team just didn't have the right stuff on a particular day.
An excellent choice for a good story with excellent narration during the summer where months move into October for the Big Show.
I have almost zero knowledge of baseball, but it was a nice listen to a good case for using business intelligence to optimize the performance and exploiting inefficient markets. I was recommended this book for that reason and I am not disappointed.
The book explains how math is used to make optimal baseball decisions in a great story format; entertaining sports read.
I'm not a baseball fan, but I love data analysis and this book can be enjoyed by anybody. It has the Cinderella-Story baseball narrative like any sports movie, but also focuses on how success came from shunning conventional wisdom and instead turning to the computational statistics. The book isn't too mathy, so great for a general audience. (There's also a lot of nerding out, for fantasy sports fans or data-crunchers!)
This book was simply bought "for later", but once I sampled it I couldn't put it down.