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Moneyball by Michael Lewis *** (of 4)

The salary gap between rich baseball teams in large cities like New York or Boston and small market teams in places like Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Oakland had grown to embarrassing proportions by the start of the 21st Century.  Conventional wisdom had it that the more you spent on high quality ballplayers, the better your team.  Moneyball is the uncovering of the emerging science of sabremetrics used by Oakland A’s General Manager, Billy Beane.  Using dispassionate statistical analysis in ways quite contradictory to the traditional measures used by hide-bound baseball men, Beane assembled inexpensive teams of broken-down and  marginal players capable of playing with the big boys.  For a fraction of the cost, Beane created playoff contenders.  Moneyball effectively argues that geeks with computers and no experience ever playing the game transformed the sport of baseball.