Book review: Moneyball

Moneyball looks at the Oakland Athletics and how despite having one of the smallest budgets in Major League Baseball, they were able to record winning seasons. Billy Beane, the General Manager, made use of statistics that had been available for many years (but not being used by other teams) to look for what made for successful baseball players. The book is part biography of Beane, part history of the development of sabermetrics, part profile of players in the team (and why other teams were not selecting them) and part overview of the 2002 season. Although there were baseball terms I was unfamiliar with, I found it to be an easy and enjoyable read as the scientific approach to selecting a baseball team over the traditional methods pays off for Oakland.

Rating (out of 5): *****

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