Moneyball!

 

 

I finished this book last night.  I do not find that the iPad makes or entices me to read more.  I like this very much because I always believed that “sports authorities” did not know how to judge talent nor how talent really helped a team. Players are given way too much money for their lack of production; many managerial changes are just the shuffle of the deck. Knowledge and ability are set aside. Mike Lewis has written a great commentary but it really applies to every walk of business & life not just to baseball. If sport franchises were to be judged as equally as corporations are judged then many would be out of business. They are truly entertainment, just as everyone doesn’t care for Rap music and others are drawn to Bluegrass; while some movies and other entertainment flop so do many pro-teams. It is all money. The old timers are going to fade away. <br/>What I take away from this expose is that team owners mostly want to be entertained and not many really know the business management required.  I can easily apply this to the “pro teams” here in Detroit. While the Red Wings & Tigers are both owned by the same person, he is unable to manage both successfully. In hockey, he has been able to be successful through others who have able to circumvent the old style of hockey management but in baseball he is too emotionally attached and doesn’t believe the business facts of the game.<br/>What Michael Lewis points out is that just because you are paid $1,000,000 doesn’t mean you are any good but you are lucky!

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