I just recently finished reading moneyball (earlier today while recovering from food poisoning), and i thought it was a very interesting book!!
It gave me mixed feelings about beane. In some ways, it paints him as a trading genuis, not overly as bright as others (depo), irrational in many ways, and totally likable.
Lewis didn't seem to do a good job at explaining the 'moneyball' philosophy. He seems to convey it as the pratice of getting useful goods (OBP, P/AB, and others) for cheap because no one really knew about the importance of these stats.
what remained unscene is how much new stats/analysis the a's actually developed themselves. James seems to be the main driving force behind many of the ideas that the a's office was going after. does anyone know how successful the a's have been at creating their own devices for player evaluations?
i thought the most profound idea in the whole book is that a teams weakness can be made up by improvements in other areas. aka the way beane delt with the loss of giambi by making it up by other players, or that individual statistics are much less important than the team statistics.
by the end of the book it seemed as if there was a big dark cloud hanging over me as i thought "the A's are screwed once every team starts doing the same thing, because then they will back to square one"
does anyone have any thoughts on the evolution of the moneyball idea, and if these new approaches of "market inefficiencies" will be able to support the a's for much longer?