Reviewed by Cirrus Packer
The A’s New Strategy
The title of this book is Moneyball. This book is written by Michael Lewis and was published by W. W. Norton & Company. Moneyball was published in 2003. The genre of the book is sports fiction and it takes place in 2002 in Oakland, California. The general manager of the Athletics; a baseball team in Oakland, California, Billy Beane, has to find a way to have a winning team on one of the lowest payrolls in the league. When Billy was in high school, he was a hot prospect that the scouts adored. But once he got into the MLB he struggled and only played a few games throughout his career. Beane ended up retiring and became a scout and worked his way up to general manager for the A’s. He was faced with the low budget problem, so he chose to use a new system based on untraditionally used stats to create his team of misfit players.
Billy Beane is a great character because he is not only the main character, but he uses a system that no one else has ever used before to create a record-setting baseball team on such a low payroll. The fact that he was choosing players that no other team would want (including his own scouts) shows how smart he is and how good he is at problem solving. Back when he was in high school and was a potential first round draft pick, the scouts thought he was a perfect player. He was athletic, tall, and surprisingly fast. There was only one problem; Billy Beane had anger issues. Everytime he struck out or made a bad play, he would destroy his bat and the dugout
around him. The players on his team would move to the other side of the bench when this happened.
The conflict is man vs. man because Billy wants to use this new system but the older scouts think he is making a mistake and want to stick to traditional methods. Billy didn’t listen to them and used his new technique. But the new head coach won’t run the lineup that Billy needs in order to have his method work. So, he decides to trade the players that are starting over his players. That gives the head coach no other option but to start Beane’s players. He also has conflict with the head scout and decides to fire him.
The central theme of the story is that you have to make due with what you get. This is the theme because Billy has to make due with the small amount of money his team had and he still built a great team against all odds. Once he decides to use the non traditional statistics as a base to find the players he wants, then he has a winning team. The best part is that he is drafting players that no one else wants so there is no competition on getting them.“The pleasure of rooting for Goliath is that you can expect to win. The pleasure of rooting for David is that, while you don’t know what to expect, you stand at least a chance of being inspired.”
― Michael Lewis, Moneyball
I would rate Moneyball 4 out of 5 stars because the plot was very interesting to me. I would recommend this book to anybody that likes sports books or anybody that is a fan of Michael Lewis. You don’t even have to enjoy baseball to understand or like this book because of
the way it is written. If you liked this book, then you may also like The Blind Side by Michael Lewis. Thank you for listening to this presentation.
Lewis, Michael. Moneyball. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, Inc, 2003. Print