Since there really hasn't been any news from the Mariners this past week, I thought that I would write a brief article about Moneyball, the book that many people love to hate, even though they have never read it. It was a Christmas gift, and I really couldn't wait to get started reading it. I certainly had some opinions about the book - mostly based on what I have heard in the mainstream media, and what I have read in the blogosphere. It was a fascinating read - some of my opinions have changed. I learned quite a few things. Among them:
- In addition to Joe Morgan, I was surprised to learn that Pat Gillick was one of the major detractors of the book.
- After reading about Billy Beane's unsuccessful playing career, I now understand why so many in the blogosphere are down on Greg Dobbs (looks the part - numbers don't match).
- Another great example of how the Establishment marginalizes anything or anyone that they feel are threatening the status quo.