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Moneyball by Michael Lewis
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May 05, 12

bookshelves: read-in-2012
Read from April 09 to May 05, 2012

I am not a baseball fan. But occasionally I will read a book, or see a movie, that I think might make me like something I have no interest in. This was almost that book. The stories and "characters" are very compelling, and the writing is engaging. If you are not a die-hard baseball statistics enthusiast, however, do yourself a favor and skip chapter 4...or read the first 1/4 of it. Here's your summary: Bill James came along and invented sabermetrics (the study of baseball statistics), because he thought all the current baseball statistics being captured were crap that didn't accurately capture the performance of players, or at least the IMPORTANT contributing factors to their performance. Everybody in MLB ignored him, didn't care, and wanted to keep doing things their own way, by the "look" of a player. There, I saved you an hour or two. Now go enjoy the rest of the book, and don't skip the epilogue OR the post script. (Warning: If the occasional f-bomb offends you, skip the book.)

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