Baseball - Moneyball -
The central premise
of Moneyball is that
the collected wisdom of baseball insiders (including players, managers, coaches, scouts, and thefront office) over the past century is subjective and often flawed. Statistics such as stolen bases, runs batted in, and batting average, typically used to gauge players, are relics of a 19th-century view of the game and the statistics available at that time.
The book argues that the Oakland A's' front office tookadvantage of more analytical gauges of player performance to field a team that could
compete successfully against richer competitors in Major League Baseball (MLB).
statistical analysis had demonstrated that on-base percentage and slugging percentage are better indicators of offensive success, and the A's became convinced
that these qualities were cheaper to obtain on the open market than more historically valued qualities such as speed and contact.