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|Material Type:||Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
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|Description:||xv, 288 p. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||The curse of talent --
How to find a ballplayer --
The enlightenment --
Field of ignorance --
The Jeremy Brown blue plate special --
The science of winning an unfair game --
Giambi's hole --
Scott Hatteberg, pickin' machine --
The trading desk --
Anatomy of an undervalued pitcher --
The human element --
The speed of the idea --
I wrote this book because I fell in love with a story. The story concerned a small group of undervalued professional baseball players and executives, many of whom had been rejected as unfit for the big leagues, who had turned themselves into one of the most successful franchises in Major League Baseball. But the idea for the book came well before I had good reason to write it, before I had a story to fall in love with. It began, really, with an innocent question: how did one of the poorest teams in baseball, the Oakland Athletics, win so many games? This book is a quest for something as elusive as the Holy Grail, something that money apparently can't buy: the secret of success in baseball.
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- Baseball -- Scouting.
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