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Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball's Winningest GM

3.37  ·  Rating details ·  191 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
He lost two Cy Young winners in two years, signed a 47-year-old to be his starting first baseman, played 17 rookies in 2005, and still took his team to the playoffs. Baseball is John Schuerholz's world--everyone is just playing in it. Now, in BUILT TO WIN, the legendary manager takes readers behind the scenes of the most successful franchise in recent history--and shows ho ...more
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Published December 14th 2008 by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 2nd 2006)
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Nelson
Apr 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, biography
Good stuff from a baseball traditionalist, a natural leader, and a winner. There were important insights about changing the culture of the Atlanta Braves organization, starting out with changing the body language of the entire staff to project more confidence. Also important was his showing empathy to Tom Glavine when Glavine had to choose between staying in Atlanta, where he felt home, and bolting for the Mets and more money. Schuerholz shared with Glavine his experience in choosing between sta ...more
Alan Fowler
Bland. Uninteresting insight. If you are not a Braves fan, you'd hate. If you are a Braves fan, you'd probably be disappointed, like this fan is.
Zach Koenig
Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
As I began reading this book, I figured that it would explain the inside stories of how the Atlanta Braves were so successful from 1991-2005. The book tries to do this, but does so in completely the wrong fashion, making it an incredibly boring read.

Instead of describing the interesting deals/performances/stories that likely characterized those classic Braves teams, John Schuerholz instead spews out little more than inspirational quotes and philosophical points of view that, though they may cont
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Jim
Jan 18, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The answer to Moneyball, future Hall-of-Famer Schuerholz knows that analytics only tell half the story, and the HUMINT provided by a great infrastructure of scouts and executives in the baseball department is equally indispensable.

Ironically, this would be a better business book if the author did focus more on performance metrics. Numbers on the handling of television contracts would also tell us whether Schuerholz' strategies could apply beyond baseball. The Braves rose on the back of Turner Br
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Sean
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I greatly enjoyed this book. I've been a loyal Braves fan since 1990, before their period of success. This book details greatly how Schuerholz acquired his position of GM with Braves, handled this position for years and helped shape the Braves franchise successfully with assistance from others. It also explains greatly his success with the Royals, Orioles and life in general. I highly suggest this books for Braves fans, baseball fans in general or anyone in a leadership position in life or busin ...more
Matt
Apr 11, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Obnoxious Braves GM. To be honest, I only read about half before I realized that his entire strategy for winning was based on hometown discounts and the fact that the Atlanta Braves monopolize a large southern market. I'm not sure he even understood that attracting players who were undervalued in the early 90s was no longer successful after pitching became more expensive. It's possible that he didn't want to tip his hand, and clearly he built a 13-year division winner, but it seemed like he was ...more
Chuck
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I generously give this book a 2 star rating. The story is a good story but it could have been much better with a different co-writer. The writing was very uneven and choppy, going from one area to another and back to the the first idea. The chapters in the book were not organized to stick with the theme and it actually got annoying to read. I liked the story that John Schuerholz was trying to tell but the writing took to much away from the book for me to enjoy.
Kenneth Lorence
Dec 10, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Schuerholz does a great job of talking about some crucial experiences during his time as GM of the Atlanta Braves. Folks may criticize his colloquial style of writing, but I definitely feels it shows his relatability. He seems to have good character and always puts the organization first no matter what. I recommend it to anyone interested in sports, the Atlanta Braves, or baseball in general.
James
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an essential book for aspiring baseball front office personnel. Schuerholz's first hand accounts of his negotiations and biggest challenges as GM of the Atlanta Braves provide unparalleled insight into the workings of MLB front office management. Schuerholz provides the detailed progression of thought that drove his decision making. His success-laden résumé speaks for his strategies and thought processes.
Jeff
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The baseball stories were readable but the management tips and constant referral (and justifications) to multiple division titles with only one championship were pretty dull.
Jared
Aug 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a must for any Braves fan. This book like Moneyball gives great insight into the running of a MLB team.
Mitsy
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sports
Love this. I would work for him, or someone like him, anytime. He inspires me to want to be better, learn something every day, and work hard always.
Reno
Mar 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
I've been an Atlanta Braves fans since I could remember. Need I say more? Thanks Mr. Schuerholz for giving this Braves fan insight on how you built the team of the 90's.
Sean
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
Very good insight on the Braves 14 straight Division titles - was not written very well, not poorly....still a baseball fan should definitely read.
Walt
Oct 30, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
A nice survey of the Atlanta Braves success since 1992. A bit repetitious, likely caused by the author dictating to his supporting author (Larry Guest).
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