The great part of this book is how a baseball team works. It points out that, when our resources are not as abundant as others, we have to play smart games. Since tt is impossible to compete with rich teams in their ways, we have to find ours.
And the last thing is --
I don't believe that Billy Beane really thinks the role of pitchers is not as important as hitters. Is this his trick to coax those rich guys into putting less attention to potential pitchers?
Michael Lewis is simply amazing! Another page turner from him even though I know little about baseball.
In Chinese there is a saying 千里馬常有，而伯樂不常有 (roughly translated as "those who can spot good players are more precious than good players themselves"). Billy can really spot good players and it is always amazing to see how a team with tight budget can beat the giants.
However, as teams know of Billy's strategy, it would become more and more difficult for him to trade for good players.
Really like how Lewis picked what to show the readers. very engaging. But still I found some details are more than necessary, as in some other books by him eg. personally I think the part about Chad is too long and not so related to their record victory....Continua
I pick up this book because it is written by Michael Lewis. As expected, this book is very entertaining, to an extend that a reader who has little knowledge in baseball like me sacrifices his sleeping hours in reading the book at midnight!
After reading the people picking skill of Billy Beane, I can't help pondering how much traditional wisdoms in our daily life is really a wisdom! Is it a game of prioritizing process vs outcome? Maybe we should learn, not what to do to get a result, but what one should never do....Continua
A very entertaining read. Though the focus was economics, the inefficiency in major league baseball market and how the Oakland A’s, Billy Beane, exploited that inefficiency, my main interest to the book lay in the people. Beane’s big league career as a player, the 2002 draft, Fucking A trade, Scott Hatteberg and all that. I love the way he tells a story. It really gets me emotional. There were several times when reading the book my eyes went teary. It’s said that not everything in the book are factual and some truths were bent to make the book more entertaining. It doesn’t matter, to me at least. I’m most happy (and content) if you give me good stories. I don’t care if it’s a true one or fairy tale.
I have to admit that I skipped most of the statistics part, cos even though I believe it, I haven’t got the slightest interest in it. And as much as I like Billy Beane (for he’s described like a maniac in the clubhouse,) I can never enjoy the fact that they trade people like goods (this applies everywhere in the world, not just Oakland A’s), however efficient and necessary it is. Alas, I’ve accepted the fact that I’m not the type to make big money....Continua