In his book, The Extra 2%, Jonah Keri shows us how a group of baseball outsiders took over the struggling Tampa Bay Rays a few years back and turned them into one of the best teams in baseball. Keri’s argument is that the new owners did everything just a little bit better, on and off the field—the extra 2% of his book’s title. Last night, the Rays pulled off a dramatic victory, on the last day of the season, to enter the playoffs. Sometimes, 2% more is all you need.
Down by nine games in early September, down by seven runs on the final day of the season. And yet somehow, these Tampa Bay Rays made it to the playoffs. Steve Nesius/Reuters
Just out: a trailer for Moneyball, the forthcoming film starring Brad Pitt as (Lavin speaker) Billy Beane—the man who took the Oakland A’s from underdog to top dog.
"In reality, not only is Moneyball still relevant, but the process of identifying undervalued markets and exploiting them is more important than it was when Moneyball first hit shelves."
Major Grantland article on the ongoing influence of Lavin speaker Billy Beane’s work with the Oakland A’s.