According to Joe Morgan, “Moneyball” was a book written by Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane that depicts Beane’s controversial tactic of eschewing decades of proven scouting techniques in favor of a more objective statistical analysis. Well, it was actually written by Michael Lewis and was an examination of economics in baseball, but some people like Joe took it way too personally, kicking off a “Jocks v. Nerds” Battle Royale that continues to this very day.
Anyway, it was a pretty neat book that made the statistical revolution in evaluating baseball players a mainstream topic of discussion. I’ve read the book a few times and found it thoroughly entertaining as well as informative. In fact, it’s one of the few non-textbooks that I actually took notes in. But unless you’re a baseball geek like me, there isn’t much intense drama or sexy violence that keeps you riveted (ok, well maybe the discussion about Jeremy Brown’s moobs could be seen as pretty racy). Read the rest of this entry