Conventional thought about sports such as baseball where there is no salary cap is that the franchises with the most money are most successful. Take the New York yankees for example; of the 113 World Series that have ever been played they have played in 40, and won 27. A staggering 35% of all The World Series ever played were participated in by the Yankees. What is even more mind boggling is that they have won 24% of all world series ever played, incredible. Non-coincidentally the Yankees have been one of if not the richest teams every MLB season Since its founding well over a hundred years ago. In 2016 the New York Yankees contained 6% of the all the spendable money for players. That is double the amount of the Oakland Athletics whom is the center of the novel Money Ball by Lewis Michael delves into the secret behind one of the poorest teams in baseball becoming one of the best. General Manager Billy Beane took over the general manager job of the Oakland Athletics in 2002. He hired Harvard Alum and baseball statistic guru Paul DePodesta to figure out how they would turn the leagues poorest team into a power house, and they were very successful. The book is based on a true story and true characters and is one of the most remarkable stories ever seen in the world of sports. The book portrays statistics in a whole new light and as the basis behind a story success in America’s past time. First off they ruled out the players with the most RBIs and home runs as those sluggers were overvalued and would cost the team too much money. Instead they looked at the players with high OBP (On Base Percentage) whom fit into the teams budget. Last Year in major league baseball, one of the rising stars and leaders of the New York Yankees in Aaron Judge hit 52 home runs, second best in the league. However he also struck out 208 times, 38% percent of his at bats and most in the league. The Yankees lost to The Houston Astros in the American League championship. Astros star Jose Altuve led his team with a .410 OBP, marking himself as one of the greatest hitters in the league today. The success over the Yankees by Altuve and the Astros was due to efficient batting. Reading the book then looking at all the stats involved it can’t be overlooked how this relates to our class. Compared to our current chapter about random experimentation, the 2002 Athletics don’t use randomness to seek the best solution, but they do experiment, taking players with the highest percentages of what they deem fit to construct a successful baseball team and see where it goes from there. They took the players with OBP hovering around the .400s. That season the Athletics won 67% of there games and this has to do with there experimentation with stats being the main catalyst. They applied statistics instead of talent to formulate a roster capable of competing against the richer teams. In everyday life this can be applied to anything. Instead of looking at the usual aspects when deciding whether or not to invest in something, you just break it down to the statistics. For me personally I have a 2003 Ford Ranger with a regular bed. My friend has a 4×4 2006 ford F-150, a way better looking, bigger, nicer truck. What I noticed that he didn’t was that my truck had 70,000 less miles than his did. He also spends a lot more money on gas than I do. He recalls filling up his 22 gallon tank about once every two weeks and I fill up my 12 gallon tank about once every two weeks. Say the gas price is about $3.80 per gallon and we both fill our tanks up the same ratio of times per week. I would spend roughly around $1,200 a year on gas to fill up my tank, while he spends roughly $2,200 on gas every year, plus all the expenses he has to pay to fix his truck because it is broken down due to the 70,000 more miles on his truck. Statistics like this can be used for any situation from buying a truck to winning baseball games. This is how statistics can be used to outsmart the other guy.