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Learning Goal: I’m working on a writing question and need guidance to help me learn.
For this paper, read the preface, Chapter 4: Field of Ignorance, and Chapter 2: How to Find a Ballplayer.
Chapter 4 describes the statistical revolution in baseball as begun by Bill James in the 1970s.
Chapter 2 introduces the main story that will be carried to the end of the book, which is the 2002 season of the Oakland A’s.
Billy Beane was the general manager (GM) of the Oakland A’s: as a GM, his job was to oversee the A’s major league and minor league teams, trade and acquire players. In the summer of 2002, Beane was talking to his team of talent scouts in preparation for the yearly amateur publish. Beane “was about to start an argument about how” the talent scouts did their jobs.
Briefly describe the traditional scouting method. What are the problems with this scouting method?
Briefly describe Paul DePodesta’s new scouting method. How does this method attempt to address the problems in the traditional scouting method?
Focusing on the 2002 amateur publish, how does Beane implement DePodesta’s new scouting method?
Use Kotter’s leading change model to present your analysis of the process and actions taken by Beane. Back up your analysis and diagnosis with specific references.
A few points to keep in mind…
Do NOT use bullet points.
Do NOT include any direct quotes.
Do NOT use any outside sources.
In general, your paper should be at least 1,200 words, double-spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, with no grammar or spelling errors.
Note: I have grown weary of trying to read and comprehend papers with a myriad of spelling and grammatical errors in them. You are responsible for proofreading your work. As a result, I will grade your papers, but if you have more than 10 spelling or grammar errors in them, your paper will be penalized one letter grade (e.g., A to B).