In Pursuit of Pennants: Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball

March 28, 2018
The paperback edition of In Pursuit of Pennants gets a shout out in C.J.’s column in the Star Tribune

February 27, 2018
Genesis in The Zone Podcast with Ian Kahanowitz regarding In Pursuit of Pennants

Levitt on In Pursuit of Pennants
04/27/15 | 06:20
Dan Levitt joins MLB Now to discuss his book, ‘In Pursuit of Pennants’ and how the Giants became a model franchise

In Pursuit of Pennants Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball

In Pursuit of Pennants
Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball

By Mark L. Armour & Daniel R. Levitt

The 1936 Yankees, the 1975 Reds, the 1992 Blue Jays … why do some teams succeed while other do not?  These teams operated in much different times and environments, but are there common themes in their stories?  In fact, yes, there are.

The Moneyball strategy (as depicted in Michael Lewis’s fine book) is not the first (nor the last) 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, along with how the evolving environment created opportunities for innovation.

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.  This book shows 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 baseball world, these teams demonstrated how creatively dealing with one’s curcumstances can often lead to a competive advantage.

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