It looks like a response to Moneyball has come from an unlikely source. Bill Shanks has announced the release of Scouts Honor: The Bravest Way To Build a Winning Team. The book distributor’s website states:
Michael Lewis’s MONEYBALL was a huge success arguing the case for the new brand of baseball General Managers and operations people who were changing the game with their Harvard degrees and outside-the-box, number-centric take on what it took to build a winning team, using the Oakland A’s as the focal point of his argument. Atlanta Braves television host Bill Shanks looks at what that approach has really meant to baseball and why the instincts of the old-school scouts and baseball veterans are the only true way to build a winning and successful baseball team in this ‘new’ generation. Using the Atlanta Braves as a focal point, Scout’s Honor is an in-depth look at what instinct and gut-reaction means to baseball and how the numbers-don’t-lie style of the new breed is not only misleading, but mistaken.
For those of you who don’t know who Bill Shanks is, he is a journalist who covers the Braves for the MLB Scout site, Braves Center. He is vehemently anti-sabermetrics.
Given my fascination with both the Braves and sabermetrics — not to mention that I consider the Braves to be a pro-sabermetric organization — I think I have a duty to review to book. I have tried to obtain an advance review copy, but I can’t really find a way to get in touch with the publisher. But don’t worry, once I get my hands on it, I’ll post a review here.