Chat Wrap: Michael Lewis at Baseball Prospectus

Michael Lewis did a chat at Baseball Prospectus today:
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My favorites: (Austin, TX): Hello, ive read moneyball countless times... and aspire to become billy bean. I don't play baseball, but i am a fanatic. I was wondering do you think just because i won't have baseball experience it will be hard to become a high ranking officail inside a baseball team, and if so, what are some ways to over come them?

Michael Lewis: The good news is that teams are hiring unlikely characters (people from outside of baseball) at a greater clip than ever before. The bad news is that there are only a handful of jobs, and, apparently, thousands of PhDs in math and physics who would really prefer a job in baseball to one in math or physics.

reedjohnmiller (DC): I lost interest in baseball from 1994 to about 2003. Moneyball was a big factor in my sudden resurgence of interest in the game, thank you for that. The mention above of the Cardinals above makes me wonder if their are any GMS, scouts, etc, who evaluate talent "the old way" and yet, for whatever reason, consistently come to the same conclusions as they would have with the "Beane method?" Are some GM's "baseball instincts" a lot better than others?

Michael Lewis: I assume there are GM's with better guts instincts than others, just as there are Wall Street traders with better gut instincts than others. But I don't know who they are. And I'd be nervous about giving them my money.

Matt McCracken (Belmont, CA): Will Joe Morgan ever relize that you wrote the book, not Billy? He still refers to it as Billy's book, while at the same time admitting that he's never even read it; and he continues still to judge the book's contents. When will he stop letting facts getting in the way of his opinions?

Michael Lewis: And the funny thing about that, from my point of view, is that Billy Beane had no clue what the book was about until he saw the galleys--and got upset with me. In fairness to Joe Morgan--though why start now?-a lot of sports books are as-told-to affairs. He probably has never been fully exposed to the old fashioned idea of the author.