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Moneyball

The Art of Winning an Unfair Game

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Publisher: WW Norton & Co

4.3
(578)

Language:English | Number of Pages: 320 | Format: Paperback | In other languages: (other languages) Chi traditional

Isbn-10: 0393324818 | Isbn-13: 9780393324815 | Publish date:  | Edition Reprint

Also available as: Audio CD , Hardcover , Audio Cassette , Others , eBook

Category: Business & Economics , Non-fiction , Sports, Outdoors & Adventure

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Book Description
"One of the best baseball—and management—books out....Deserves a place in the Baseball Hall of Fame."—Forbes

Moneyball is a quest for the secret of success in baseball. Following the low-budget Oakland Athletics, their larger-than-life general manger, Billy Beane, and the strange brotherhood of amateur baseball enthusiasts, Michael Lewis has written not only "the single most influential baseball book ever" (Rob Neyer, Slate) but also what "may be the best book ever written on business" (Weekly Standard).

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.

What these geek numbers show—no, prove—is that the traditional yardsticks of success for players and teams are fatally flawed. Even the box score misleads us by ignoring the crucial importance of the humble base-on-balls. This information has been around for years, and nobody inside Major League Baseball paid it any mind. And then came Billy Beane, General Manager of the Oakland Athletics.

Billy paid attention to those numbers —with the second lowest payroll in baseball at his disposal he had to—and this book records his astonishing experiment in finding and fielding a team that nobody else wanted. Moneyball is a roller coaster ride: before the 2002 season opens, Oakland must relinquish its three most prominent (and expensive) players, is written off by just about everyone, and then comes roaring back to challenge the American League record for consecutive wins.

In a narrative full of fabulous characters and brilliant excursions into the unexpected, Michael Lewis shows us how and why the new baseball knowledge works. He also sets up a sly and hilarious morality tale: Big Money, like Goliath, is always supposed to win...how can we not cheer for David?

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  • 4

    『Life is not fair; get used to it.』 不公平的競爭本來就是人生的常態,如何善用現有資源以提升自我效率,一直都是所有人終生學習的課題。 本書中Billy Beans與其團隊以統計數據並建立科學模型分析的方法,發現重要但不被他人重視的資訊(ex:上壘率),且破除長久以來棒球界對於球員的安打率、體格、球速等等的迷思。 雖然本書並無交代其統計模型的細節,但至少未來當自己面對需要做決策的時刻,能夠警惕自己,多利用科學的思維,減少感性或其他主流氛圍的影響

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  • 4

    職棒有其固有的規則,就像這個世界的運作一般。有一群不許你動搖的捍衛者。 理性之於人類,真的不易。 但可貴的或許是,在所謂的市場評價下,找出自己真正的價值。

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  • 5

    我看完「魔球」後再看「如果高校棒球女子經理讀了彼得.杜拉克」. 後者為了帶給觀眾感動, 覺得重視投四壞球是種要戒除的壞風氣; 前者覺得為了用最少錢勝最多賽事, 覺得應該更加重視投四壞球!

    兩者目的不同, 但都言之成理.

    魔球是真人真事, 有數據支持, 內容卻更曲折, 帶出來的訊息更多. 「如果高校棒球女子經理讀了彼得.杜拉克」也不差, 但明顯不同檔次. 不過併在一起看又可增添一點樂趣.

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  • 3

    Il libro non è male e pur non conoscendo quasi nulla del baseball sono riuscito a seguire un po' tutti i discorsi (anche se con difficoltà alcune volte). Il libro è più interessante per capire la mentalità e l'approccio dato dal protagonista allo sport, ma estendibile anche ad altri campi, più ch ...continue

    Il libro non è male e pur non conoscendo quasi nulla del baseball sono riuscito a seguire un po' tutti i discorsi (anche se con difficoltà alcune volte). Il libro è più interessante per capire la mentalità e l'approccio dato dal protagonista allo sport, ma estendibile anche ad altri campi, più che per i contenuti in sé.

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  • 5

    Aaron Sorkin 是神

    1 看過去的績效,不是看未來的想像 投資理財亦然,把股市名嘴分析關掉吧。

    2 想辦法將質化資訊轉成與績效相關的量化數據

    2 Aaron Sorkin 是神

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  • 5

    越辯越明的數字真相...

    用抽絲剝繭的統計數據粉碎大家習以為常的傳統思維-花大錢買明星=保證贏球....
    不僅僅是棒球,任何的決策行為都是取捨之間的衡量,用最小代價得到最大利益...
    經由數字的取捨,用最小的代價取得打進季後賽的機率...
    套入投資行為就是用最小的代價獲得合理的報酬率...
    然而就像運動家隊經營模式無法保證贏得世界大賽一樣(又有誰可以保證呢???)
    數字的取捨也無法保證投資買在最低點或是最高點...
    但是足夠擊敗市場上大多數人...
    就像運動家隊戰績足以打敗一堆高薪球隊...


    PS.不過其實台灣職棒兄弟教主早就辦到了...
    台灣基本上全都是窮人球隊...
    談心不談薪根本只是基本剝削而 ...continue

    用抽絲剝繭的統計數據粉碎大家習以為常的傳統思維-花大錢買明星=保證贏球.... 不僅僅是棒球,任何的決策行為都是取捨之間的衡量,用最小代價得到最大利益... 經由數字的取捨,用最小的代價取得打進季後賽的機率... 套入投資行為就是用最小的代價獲得合理的報酬率... 然而就像運動家隊經營模式無法保證贏得世界大賽一樣(又有誰可以保證呢???) 數字的取捨也無法保證投資買在最低點或是最高點... 但是足夠擊敗市場上大多數人... 就像運動家隊戰績足以打敗一堆高薪球隊...

    PS.不過其實台灣職棒兄弟教主早就辦到了... 台灣基本上全都是窮人球隊... 談心不談薪根本只是基本剝削而已...

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  • 5

    看重的數據不同,選擇的結果就不同。

    因為窮,所以必須懂得取捨,運用最少的資源,取得能夠獲勝的能力。

    任何人都可能被高估或低估,那是別人所看見的你,必須試著去找出自己真正的能力並加以運用。

    即使是爛身材,也能夠打大聯盟,因為那是打棒球,不是選美,站在適合自己的舞台,讓世界看界你的價值。

    不管是人生或職場,都可以運用"魔球"的觀念,讓自己成為更好的人。

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