Any CEO will tell you that running a company is a lot like running a sports team. You put together a strong team, give them the tools to become all-stars, and motivate them every step of the way to beat the competition. But many businesses aren’t operating on an all-star budget; when a company is growing, [...]
Following the successes of Moneyball and The Art of Fielding, young writers with an eye on their book sales are growing more interested in writing baseball books. Fortunately for them, Luke Epplin wrote a guide. Related posts: Fleshing...Show More Summary
Hiring, management, and promotions have traditionally been based on things like résumés, what college you went to, and interviews that are fundamentally biased and opinion based. That's all changing. As Dan Shapero, LinkedIn's VP ofShow More Summary
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Following up on my prior post on The Law School Crisis: What Would Jimmy McMillan Do?, 31 Pepperdine Law 14 (Fall 2012): Several years ago, I co-wrote an article on applying the principles from Michael Lewis’s Moneyball book to legal education (What Law Schools Can Learn from Billy Beane and...
In spite of a four-game losing streak, the A's are a good 12-8 through their first 20 games. Known even during the Moneyball days of the early 2000s as a slow-starting team, this start has been the team's best since 11-9 starts in 2002 and 2003. Show More Summary
Three excellent films with special value and meaning for those just starting their careers: "The Pursuit of Happyness" - A reminder of the importance of hard work, courage, and persistence. "Moneyball" - What can happen when someone looks past the way it's always been done. "Topsy-Turvy" - Gilbert and Sullivan and the creative process.
With the unexpected and unqualified financial and critical successes of first Moneyball and now 42, it seems we've entered a Golden Age for baseball movies about things that actually happened. And thanks to the wonders of CGI, a filmmaker's palate is now more expansive than ever when recreating old-time baseball. Show More Summary
Last night my wife and I went to see 42, the Jackie Robinson story. It was an enjoyable enough movie (as they said in Moneyball, it’s hard not to be romantic about baseball), though the story was more fairy tale than reality. But what do you expect when a movie about real people doing [...]Show More Summary
The list of great baseball movies is longer than your average Yankees-Red Sox game. Field of Dreams, Bull Durham, Major League, Major League II, Moneyball, For Love of the Game, The Natural, A League of Their Own, The Sandlot, Bad News...Show More Summary
I’ve been a Tigers fan since I was 11 years old, and I filled scrapbooks with stories about Alan Trammell and Lou Whitaker clipped from the Detroit Free Press. Hanging on my office wall is a framed photo of Kirk Gibson celebrating his second home run in Game 5 of the 1984 World Series. Show More Summary
A few weeks ago I was introduced to Peter Mollins, the VP of Marketing for KnowledgeTree. Peter and I got to talking and he told me about the Moneyball approach to collateral and content marketing. Here's a short interview with him, along with a helpful infographic.
Adding his name to an already star-studded list of presenters, Brad Pitt will be in attendance at the MTV Movie Awards and will give out the award for Movie of the Year. The “Moneyball” hunk has won three of the coveted golden popcorn...Show More Summary
My long form weekend reading — pour a cup of coffee, and enjoy: • Regulatory Moneyball: What Washington Can Learn From Sports Geeks (Foreign Affairs) • Chess and 18th Century artificial intelligence (BBC) • Three days that saved theShow More Summary
On the heels of Om Malik’s recent post on the dangers of “soulless” data, I read this post from HBR. The answer to the post’s title is “Yes, if we allow the quantifiable to assume sole supremacy over all decisions.” The concept of Big Data has fooled us into believing that data is only relevant [...]
In November 2010 there was an air of glamour around Anfield. Liverpool’s new American owners, Fenway Sports Group, had only been at the helm for a month, a month in which they had been given a rapturous welcome simply because they weren’t the hated and now ousted previous owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett. Show More Summary
Past achievements mean nothing if you don't have future potential.
Film: House of Cards (2013) Cast includes: Kevin Spacey (Se7ev), Robin Wright (Moneyball), Michael Kelly (The Adjustment Bureau), Michael Gill (Ideal), Corey Stoll (The Bourne...
It has been over 10 years since the 2002 MLB draft, and it’s best known for being the beginning of the Moneyball era (Nick Swisher, Jeremy Brown). It was also a draft where two Canadians—Adam Loewen and Jeff Francis—became two of the highest-drafted Canadian-born players ever. Show More Summary
Not everybody likes it, but analytics are taking root in the NBA. More and more advanced statistics are being created and used as a way to evaluate players and teams. It's happening relatively slowly, but the use of these stats is permeating through all levels of the NBA—from the front offices to the fans themselves. Show More Summary