Moneyball - Michael LewisIt's an old one and it's been made into a movie - a good one, I thought. As is often the case though, the book is head and shoulders above the film.
You don't have to know anything about baseball to appreciate it. Despite living in the States for over 20 years I've yet to attend a game. It's just a really good story, really well told.
Here's a few insights into the process of drafting college players to the major leagues.
The guy has no grades.
You mean bad grades?
No, I mean no grades.
How can a guy have no grades at Chico State?
He really has no desire to be in college. This guy was designed to play ball.
He's a confident kid but -
There might be some family issues here. I hear his dad did time. Porno or something.
Porno's a crime?
Where's he in college?
He's not. He's a Christian kid, got free ride to UC Irvine. Coach set him up with a couple of his players. Took him to a party, all drinking. Kid was offended, left saying he wasn't going to school.
Oh he'll fit right into proball won't he?
Great story, if you're not aware of it, of a manager trying to build a team from a stats driven perspective.
Picked up a copy on eBay, new $6s.