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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story on how common sense isn't actually true and using statistics to succeed at baseball, 8 April 2012
This review is from: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game (Kindle Edition)
The title says it all. The book is a story of how statistics was used in baseball to try and succeed in the game. It defies the "old conventional wisdom" on what makes baseball success, and on what people used to look for, and then explains what actual measures in baseball actually lead to success. The book is highly recommended by many and I was interested on what it actually said.

Boiling it down it is a story of how many old style baseball managers and fans have outdated views of what makes success, and how by measuring individual players movements and comparing them to how often they win, the manager made a team which beat the odds. By essentially buying low and selling high the manager managed to gain the team success over the course of a few seasons.

The book does have an interesting parallel to football in the UK as money here does seem to buy success as in the USA. The book is a great supporter of using performance measures to make the best team, however in the end it does seem to state that you can beat the odds over a long season but in individual games luck does seem to play a part.

Overall it is a very interesting read, albeit I had to look up some of the baseball terminology every now and again. Highly recommend.
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