By Michael Lewis
The Oakland Athletics have a mystery: a profitable baseball workforce is made, now not bought.In significant league baseball the most important pockets is meant to win: wealthy groups spend 4 occasions as a lot on expertise as bad groups. yet during the last 4 years, the Oakland Athletics, a tremendous league crew with a minor league payroll, have had the most effective files. final yr their famous person, Jason Giambi, went to the superrich Yankees. It hasn't made any distinction to Oakland: their marvelous season incorporated an American League list for consecutive victories. Billy Beane, basic supervisor of the Athletics, is placing into perform at the box progressive ideas garnered from geek statisticians and faculty professors. Michael Lewis's terrific, irreverent reporting takes us from the dugouts and locker rooms-where coaches and avid gamers fight to unlearn so much of what they learn about pitching and hitting-to the boardrooms, the place we meet vendors who start to seem like fools on the poker desk, spending huge, immense sums with out a clue what they're doing. mix funds, technological know-how, leisure, and egos, and you have got a narrative that Michael Lewis is magnificently fitted to inform.
About the Author
Author of the bestsellers Liar's Poker, the recent New factor, and subsequent, Michael Lewis can also be a columnist for Bloomberg information. He lives in Berkeley, California.
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Variations Move two boxes at a time instead of one. If two ladders are available, make each rep a competition between players. Coaching Points Make sure proper arm action is included in the warm-up. a b CHAPTER 1 Warming Up 13 8 Hopscotch Purpose To warm up footwork Organization Place an agility ladder (or tape on the ground or lines in the dirt) on the outfield grass or infield surface. If you have only one ladder, all players should be in a single-file line behind the ladder. If you use multiple ladders, divide the team up evenly behind each ladder.
Put a designated number of balls in a bucket, depending on how many reps you will complete. A ground ball and a fly ball is considered one rep. Start with two sets of four reps and work up. Execution Outfielders play at a depth from which they’re able to throw a runner out at home. The ball machine throws a ground ball; an outfielder fields the ball and gets into throwing position, but then she tosses the ball off to the side. As she does so, a fly ball is coming at her from the ball machine. She must drop step and sprint to catch this ball or it will go over her head.
Coaching Points Make sure players keep their shoulders and entire body relaxed. Emphasize arm action. 12 The Softball Drill Book 7 Scissors Purpose To warm up footwork Organization Place an agility ladder (or tape on the ground or lines in the dirt) on the outfield grass or infield surface. If you have only one ladder, all players should be in a single-file line behind the ladder. If you have multiple ladders, divide the team up evenly behind each ladder. Execution Players begin facing the side of the ladder.