The book. . .Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.. .about a young kid who - knowing almost nothing about baseball - introduces a new idea about how to build a team. . .he introduces statistics. For 150 years. . .baseball had been doing things a certain way. . .and then along comes Billy Beane. Read on. . .
The author. . .Michael Lewis. . .digs deep into what has become a new method. . .an art. . .even a science. . .of how to manage the game of baseball. It’s about Billy Beane. . .who was the GM of the Oakland As. Beane was a major league player. . . of sorts who doesn’t surround himself with the usual guys. . .the ex-ballplayers who sit on the bench. . .etc. He hires intellectuals. . .who excel at math. . .at stats. . .who believe that the math and science behind baseball was flawed.
What makes this story even more interesting is that the A’s owner isn’t much of a baseball fan. . .but uses it as a business. . .meaning Beane is given a paltry budget by which to build a winning major league team. Still. . .by using some new theories about how baseball actually works. . .he begins signing lower priced players. . .including a few college kids who meet the math criteria developed by the math wonks.
Well. . .this team. . .for several years wins 100 + games a season. . .wins 20 games in a row with a roster of unknowns. . .but Beane is declared a failure because he doesn’t deliver a pennant. Beane loathed the magnitude of salaries some of the major leagure’s earned. “Ridiculous. . .absolutely ridiculous. . .that a relief pitcher could earn $10 million a year.”
The book melts the whole game down to a handful of stats. . .work the stats and you win games. The Oakland A’s won a lot of games with what were considered by many to be marginal players. Beane got rid of the conventional scouting tort. . .and focused on stats. . .and other ways to calculate a player’s offensive value.
Everything was opposed to the conventional way of doing baseball. They actually orchestrated the 2002 draft so as to get a lot of below market players. When Beane unloaded the “stars” he got all kinds of booty that played into his scheme.
GETTING RID OF THE DROSS CLINGING TO THE CONVENTIONAL GOLF SWING
Well. . .in golf. . .they've been doing things a certain way for over 300 years. But now we know from all the injuries and inconsistencies exhibited by even the best of the pros. . .that something new is needed. By getting rid of the takeaway. . .and the need for rhythm. . .along with an vastly improved grip technique that allows even weak-handed players to wield the heaviest of their golf sticks. . .the ‘GOOSE’ really shines. Check out the archives. . .or at least scroll down the posts. . .the world of golf is changing. The ‘GOOSE’ may not be moneyball. . .but it’s sure money when you learn to really THWACK the golf ball without ripping up your knees. . .hips. . .and back.
To ORDER the ‘GOOSE’ - simply click on the BUY NOW button in the right column. Get your own 33 minutes of ARRRR! video tutorial DVD. . .lots of slow motion, which makes it much easier to grasp the elements of the swing. . .lots of explanations. When you click on the BUY NOW button you’ll be taken to PayPal. If you DON”T have an account with them. . .no problem. . .you can use their services anyway. . .Simply click on the link “Don’t have a PayPal account” and you’ll be taken to a page where you can fill out the simple form - your credit card info, etc. - and you’re done. If you have the slightest problem. . .let me know via email. . .and I'll walk you through it. Have a great summer.