Baseball Becoming a Numbers Game

With the start of the 2010 Major League Baseball season upon us, MSNBC.com has an article about how the game of baseball has come to value statistics more and more over the years.

The trend toward utilizing relevant statistics started in the 1970’s with Bill James’ Baseball Abstract, and came to more widely accepted practice after Billy Beane, as General Manager of the Oakland A’s, used these statistical values to build a playoff team on the cheap.  Beane’s efforts, and how they’ve changed the landscape of modern baseball, was documented by author Michael Lewis in Moneyball.

By the way, Lewis is a good author – I wrote another post about Michael Lewis’ latest book on the global financial meltdown called The Big Short

You can read the article here

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