Like 'The Blind Side' – another Michael Lewis book turned into a movie – 'Moneyball' is complex. Did Hollywood capture it?
With its premiere today, the movie version of “Moneyball” – based on the Michael Lewis book about the changing world of professional baseball – seems poised for success, with good reviews coming in from almost every direction.
But does the movie really do justice to the book?
"Moneyball" garnered a huge following when it was published in 2003 with its story of how general manager for the Oakland A's Billy Beane used new ways of analyzing data. Beane had a limited budget for Oakland, so he couldn’t go the traditional route of using big money to buy expensive players. Instead, he looked at criteria like on-base percentages, or how often a batter gets to base barring a fielding error, fielder’s obstruction, and other stats.
For baseball, it was a new way of thinking, and it prompted criticism from some old-guard members of the sport at the time.