A Book About Baseball: Moneyball By Michael Lewis

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Moneyball by Michael Lewis is more than just a book about baseball as most may believe it to be. It is a novel about business, leadership, character, and overcoming the odds and competition no matter how much of a disadvantage there may be. The difficult part is seeing how all this can be understood by reading a book about baseball, however if the book is read and analyzed carefully the lessons are as clear as day and easy to understand.
The plot of Moneyball is based on the true story of the 2002 Oakland Athletics baseball team, also known as the Oakland A’s. General Manager of Oakland, Billy Beane, and his assistant general manager Paul DePodesta are the main characters in the story. The ...view middle of the document...

With the help of Paul DePodesta, a Yale graduate with a degree in economics, and Beane use the process of Sabermetrics to evaluate every player in the league and who really is a player worth signing and who is not. Over the 2002 season Beane and DePodesta built a team which based of statistics instead of talent and, in theory, the team they had built should have been better than any team out there, and they proved to be. In the 2002 season the Oakland A’s finished 1st in the American League West with a record of 103 wins and 59 losses, as well as breaking the national American League Record for winning 20 consecutive games within a season. This was not accomplished easy however; there is a story behind the story that teaches the lesson which the author wanted the reader to learn.
The author’s purpose in writing Moneyball is not just to describe and chronicle the success of the Oakland A’s in the 2002 season, the trials of Billy Beane, and the genius of Paul DePodesta, even though it may seem as such. Moneyball has a much deeper underlying meaning within it than what appears in the text. Michael Lewis, of course, wrote Moneyball to chronicle a time when a very significant change in the way the game of baseball...

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