By Michael Lewis

The Oakland Athletics have a mystery: a successful baseball crew is made, no longer bought.In significant league baseball the largest pockets is meant to win: wealthy groups spend 4 occasions as a lot on expertise as terrible groups. yet during the last 4 years, the Oakland Athletics, an immense league workforce with a minor league payroll, have had the most effective documents. final 12 months their megastar, Jason Giambi, went to the superrich Yankees. It hasn't made any distinction to Oakland: their incredible season incorporated an American League list for consecutive victories. Billy Beane, basic supervisor of the Athletics, is placing into perform at the box innovative rules garnered from geek statisticians and school professors. Michael Lewis's extraordinary, irreverent reporting takes us from the dugouts and locker rooms-where coaches and gamers fight to unlearn such a lot of what they find out about pitching and hitting-to the boardrooms, the place we meet vendors who start to seem like fools on the poker desk, spending huge, immense sums and not using a clue what they're doing. mix cash, technological know-how, leisure, and egos, and you've got a narrative that Michael Lewis is magnificently fitted to inform.
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Author of the bestsellers Liar's Poker, the hot New factor, and subsequent, Michael Lewis can be a columnist for Bloomberg information. He lives in Berkeley, California.

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Already one of the nation's most financially successful entrepreneurs, Fetzer didn't need baseball to build a financial fortune. He was a particularly private person and certainly didn't need the celebrity that accompanies baseball ownership. Fetzer brought a vision to baseball that extended far above all the mundane boundaries of business. That vision helped to shape the course of baseball history far beyond his three-decade stay. As with most visionaries who are ahead of their times, Fetzer was a collection of intriguing contradictions.

Before becoming memories, trips to the ballpark were savored. And they were passed from one generation to the next. Operating a ball club in those days carried extraordinary responsibilities. Like the bosses at General Motors or Ford, owners competed for a part of their loyalists' dollar. But they also were charged with the safekeeping of their fans' forgiving hearts. There was an unwritten code of honor among the baseball bosses. Lawyers had their place; but not on the front office staff of a major league baseball club.

Others, at least, remained familiar with the hometown team's score. Regardless of the intensity of its followers, baseball enjoyed a niche of near royal reverence. To some it was a religion. From all, it commanded respect. Other professional sports boasted their own armies of believers. Before the National Football League established itself as a Sunday afternoon television staple, there was a hard-core collection of football fanatics. Before the marketing miracle of the National Basketball Association, the sport was supported by its own cult of junkies.

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