By PAUL KECKLEY Michael Lewis’ 2003 best seller Moneyball recounts how Oakland Athletics’ manager Billy Beane beat the big-payroll odds in major league baseball by using analytics to field a competitive team. The dynamic between Beane and his Yale-trained geek, Peter Brand is the central theme: together they fought off naysayers using Brand’s sabermetrics model
New York Times Sunday Review: Harvard Admissions Needs ‘Moneyball for Life’, by Michael Lewis: To: Harvard Management Company From: Harvard Admissions It’s been several painful weeks since Steve Schwarzman revealed that we denied him admission to the Harvard Class of 1969. As we now all know, the private equity billionaire...
Relying on traditional tactics to guide your organization’s financial health? It might be time to change up your game plan. Consider Oakland A’s general manager, Billy Beane, in the movie ‘Moneyball’. Hit by salary caps but desperate for talent, he benched traditional performance indicators (RBI’s, stolen bases, batting average) to [...]
We all want to be BFFs with Chris Pratt. That's just the way it is. His appearances on Parks & Recreation, Moneyball, andÂ heck, even Zero Dark Thirty, were layered with a genuine warmth, which didn't disappear when he lost all of his weight and turned into a hunk for Guardians Of The Galaxy. Show More Summary
Kevin Youkilis announced today that he is retiring today after a career that saw him win two World Series Rings with the Boston Red Sox. Dubbed “the Greek God of Walks” from the best seller, Moneyball, Youkilis would become one of the more unique players in the game, and amongst Boston Red Sox fans, one of the most popular. Show More Summary
Pitching a new TV show to networks and studios, explains Ben Watkins, a showrunner for Burn Notice, is a bit like applying to college, where you sit down and think, What are your reaches? What are your safety schools? What are your fallbacks? “It’s the same with TV outlets,” he... More »
Two-time Academy Award nominated director Bennett Miller ("Capote," "Moneyball," "Foxcatcher") has taken a surprising step in his career as a film director: he made a series of very funny toilet paper commercials. Miller was recruited to direct a series of TV spots for Quilted Northern toilet paper. Show More Summary
Submitted by Andrew Zatlin via Moneyball Economics, Ty Cobb was a famous baseball player. Infamous, really. He set 90 Major League baseball records, some of which continue today. He was skillful but also mean; he had a reputation for playing dirty. Show More Summary
With another baseball season underway, I've been reflecting on the revolution within the game. Since Michael Lewis' Moneyball hit the shelves, baseball analytics departments have become the "thing" in front offices all around the game. Show More Summary
The art of sabermetrics—first brought to the mainstream by Michael Lewis’ 2003 book, Moneyball—is, essentially, the math of baseball. Since the book’s publication, a new breed of baseball personnel—such as the Cubs’ Theo Epstein (formerly...Show More Summary
A tale of 18 very busy people, an ambitious goal, free trips to Hawaii, and a new $300 million business. When Marissa Mayer was named as president and CEO of Yahoo in July 2012, she arrived at a company which had long made most of its money from traditional display advertising: big, splashy banners plastered on web pages. Read Full Story
The Dodgers' owners poured millions into their front office last winter, buying some of the brightest minds in the game. And as executives around the major leagues watch anxiously, they ask this question: What will bright guys who made their reputations by building teams with no money do when they...
“Instead of trawling the back rooms of the country’s pubs for the next Ed Sheeran, what if ‘moneyball’ – the analytical, statistics-based approach successfully used to assemble a competitive sports team – could be adapted to pop mus...
To form a winning sales team, you need to bring data into the picture
Long before the Moneyball days, the Oakland Athletics enjoyed a dynastic run of success in the 1970s, winning three World Series in a row. Under its eccentric owner Charlie Finley, the team stood out not only for its imaginative wardrobe...Show More Summary
You might not find your way over to baseball-reference.com unless you’re either Bill James, or researching Jonah Hill’s character in Moneyball. The site is a wealth of knowledge for a sport that is rooted in analysis. But that won’t get traffic from laymen who just want to watch bloopers and huge plays. However, what will […]
Looking at data in new ways can improve public health by making it clearer what we ought to be focusing on.
That is the new Ian Bremmer book, with the subtitle Three Choices for America’s Role in the World. It can be Indispensable America (our postwar role), Moneyball America (pick priorities and accomplish them), or Independent America (limited foreign policy aspirations but lots of nation-building at home and trade abroad), and Ian prefers the latter — […]
YouTube's move is the latest in a series of deepening connections between big data and big artists--or, really, artists of any magnitude. From the rise of Next Big Sound to the advances at Nielsen, the idea of moneyball for music is finally taking hold, with major implications for everything from talent scouting to corporate partnerships.
Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane is going to see if his “Moneyball” principles apply to European soccer. AZ Alkmaar, a Dutch club located about 25 miles north of Amsterdam, has hired Beane as an adviser, “tasking him with closing the gap on big-spending clubs in the Eredivisie,” the Guardian reports. The appointment should come […]