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Moneyball is overrated

October 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Although I don’t live in the bay area any more, I still consider the bay area my adopted hometown. I’m still rooting for the Giants, the 49er’s, Cal Bears, and the Warriors.

You can imagine how excited I was last night when the Giant beat the Phillies.  It’s really interesting to note that this was the second time in the past decade that the Giant had made into the World Series. In contrary, Oakland A’s has not made into the World Series for a very long time.

After Michael Lewis published Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, Billy Bean has been a media darling. His analytical approach to recruit and build his team has been well documented and publicized. However, his team hadn’t won anything! Similarly, Daryl Morey, the general manager of the Houston Rocket, has been trying to apply a similar approach to build his basketball team. They’re not close to wining a championship, neither.

I’m not saying that the analytical approach is wrong. However, I do believe that building a team, or building a company, or building any organization, is part science and part art. Many intangible aspects of building a team cannot be measured and optimized via numbers.

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