Moneyball is the story about the Oakland Athletics baseball team and its genera manager Billy Beane. Its focus is the team’s analytical, evidence-based, sabermetric approach to assembling a competitive baseball team, despite Oakland’s disadvantaged revenue situation. Its theory insists on-base percentage and slugging percentage are better indicators of offensive success than statistics such as stolen bases, runs batted in, and batting average, typically used to gauge players.
Several years ago, Tokyo Yomiuri assembled many sluggers from various teams using big money, but lost the league. Their salaries were the highest, but the results were no good. The team has changed its strategy since then and succeeded in clinching the pennant. MONEYBALL theory, sabermetrics, gave an impact on Yomiuri Giants and Nipponham Fighters in Nippon Professional Baseball. Nipponham Fighters lost Yu Darvish, who went to Texas Rangers, last year. But, they won the pennant. I believe sabermetirics took effect to some extent in spite of the lost of their ace pitcher.
Through reading MONEYBALL, I could learn using brain is the most important act to fulfill not only baseball but also every field of work.