In Pursuit of Pennants

In Pursuit of Pennants

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The 1936 Yankees, the 1963 Dodgers, the 1975 Reds, the 2010 Giantsa€”why do some baseball teams win while others dona€™t? General managers and fans alike have pondered this most important of baseball questions. The Moneyball strategy is not the first example of how new ideas and innovative management have transformed the way teams are assembled. In Pursuit of Pennants examines and analyzes a number of compelling, winning baseball teams over the past hundred-plus years, focusing on their decision making and how they assembled their championship teams. Whether through scouting, integration, instruction, expansion, free agency, or modernizing their management structure, each winning team and each era had its own version of Moneyball, where front office decisions often made the difference. Mark L. Armour and Daniel R. Levitt show how these teams succeeded and how they relied on talent both on the field and in the front office. While there is no recipe for guaranteed success in a competitive, ever-changing environment, these teams demonstrate how creatively thinking about onea€™s circumstances can often lead to a competitive advantage.When the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox met in the 2013 World Series, the twenty-five players on their ... many of whom feel comfortable secondguessing not just Major League trades but also the drafting of high school prospects. ... Building a championship baseball team, 140 years after the start of the first professional league, remains a challenging task. ... is over the hill and which will rebound, and which free-agent pitcher is least likely to break down due to arm troubles?

Title:In Pursuit of Pennants
Author: Mark L. Armour, Daniel R. Levitt
Publisher:U of Nebraska Press - 2015-04-01

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