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Summary of “Moneyball the art of winning an unfair game”
The message of this book is to show a new way of thinking to address an old problem and
provide measurable and verifiable statistics that provide new insight into the problem.
The idea for the story formed when the Oakland Athletics (the A's) baseball team were winning a
lot of baseball games, even though they were one of the poorest teams in baseball. In this paper,
we will discuss the conventional wisdom and traditional metrics in baseball and then we will
introduce new measures, sabermetrics which is a term applied to the non-traditional statistics that
opens a new door to predict and analyze baseball game. This idea could also be applied to other
domains. This does not necessarily mean we should reinvent the wheel but stopping the
traditional way of doing things and applying new technique can make a big difference.
Challenging conventional wisdom
Moneyball book is a journey to quest for the secret of success in baseball. Sabermetrics is a term
applied to the non-traditional statistics to measure the skill and value of baseball players. The A’s
general manager, Billy Beane, was becoming familiar with the sabermetrics.
Baseball players traditionally used batting average and RBI(Runs Batted In) measure to
determine how great a hitter is, on the other hands, in sabermetrics, OPS(On-base percentage
Plus Slugging percentage) is considered a better metric.
Paul DePodesta who was hired by Billy Beane tried to utilize all statistics related to data sets
from the 20th century to extract a formula that shows the winning percentage. He realize that onbase percentage and slugging percentage metrics are linked to baseball wins and other traditional
factors were not important or did not play a major role. In some...
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