Michael Lewis' Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Essay

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In Major League Baseball the general belief is that the more a team spends on their payroll the more games they will win. With the absence of a salary cap baseball may seam unfair to the smaller market teams who can't bare the salary costs that the larger market teams can. In Michael Lewis' Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game Lewis depicts just how the Oakland Athletics have been winning in an unfair game for almost a decade. The A's are a small market team that doesn't have nearly the amount of money at their disposal that their competitors in the American League do. However this past season the A's won their fourth American League West championship in the last seven years while having the lowest payroll in their division. In…show more content…
However The Oakland A's and General Manager Billy Beane disprove the theory from our textbook because they are a small market team that accumulates one of the highest winning percentages year after year. This is because author Rodney Fort is half right in his hypothesis. Revenue imbalance does for the most part drive payroll imbalance but revenue imbalance does not entirely drive competitive imbalance. Just because a team has a low payroll as a result of being in a small market does not necessarily mean that they have no chance of competing. In addition to Oakland, teams with small payrolls have still been competitive in the recent past. In 2003 The Florida Marlins won the World Series with a payroll of 48 million which was one of the lowest in the league and the Minnesota Twins like the Oakland A's have been consistently competitive in the AL over the last 5 or 6 years despite being in a small market. The A's recent success is attributed to the innovative approach taken by Billy Beane in assembling a baseball team with a very limited amount of financial resources. Billy Beane has built a successful ball club because he has found an efficient and cost effective way of measuring baseball talent thus essentially creating a loophole in this unfair game because winning percentage is a result of talent not

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