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Raquel Holsey

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Who's On First? Instant Replay The Scouting Report 1. Narrative Presence- 3rd person point of view. His view is the narrator describing the life of Billy Beane. Example: "By the time he became the general manager of the Oakland A's, in 1997, Billy Beane had read all twelve of Bill James Abstracts" (97).
2. Time Frame- The book's time frame os bounced from the late 90s to early 2000s. Lewis makes that known by using years within his novel to help the reader keep up. Example: "As late as June 4, 2002..." (98).
3. Diction- Lewis's diction uses many forms of statistics and baseball lingo within his writings. Example of lingo: "...Double plays turned in games..." or "...Triples hit by Larry Parrish in July" (74).
4.Mood- Lewis feels that the old way ro do statistics is more on a luck scale than a talent scale. Example: "... the naked eye was an inadequate tool for learning what you needed to know to evaluate baseball players and baseball games" (68).
5. Style- Lewis likes to talk to the reader. He likes to make you relate or understadnd the information that he is giving you. Example: "... why would the people in charge allow professional baseball to be distorted so obviously?" (68). The Play-by-Play Chapter 4 Summary- Chapter 4 consists of many statistics.This chapter is mainly centered around Bill James who is the author of the baseball pamphlets used by Sandy Anderson and, later, Billy Beane. James grew up in a small town and began to write in order to kill time on his job. Over the years, James began to publish the pamphlets he had written. In 1977 he wrote a book focused on fielding statistics and the subjectivity of errors, or mistakes made by players on the field. Around 1980, James partnered with analyst Dick Cramer to launch STATS Incorporated. The goal of this incorporation was to describe the primary events that happened in a baseball game. At first the book was to be sold to Major League teams, but they were rejected. They then began to sell the statistical reviews to fans and eventually sold it to Fox news for 45 million dollars. In 1988 James stopped publishing books due to him feeling that he did not receive enough credit for his accomplishments. There is not much action or excitement in this chapter. The main frustration in this chapter is the lack of credit given to Bill James for his works and he is the most affected character in this chapter because of his writings. Michael Lewis' choice in dialogue, setting, and description allows the reader to know how the characters are feeling and what the mood is like. For example, when the characters use vulgar language it is shown that the mood is tense or stressful. In chapter 5, the dialogue creates an exciting, suspenseful mood because the characters are eager to know what the outcome will be. The setting of chapter five also helps aid the mood Lewis created at this part. Lewis uses more statistics in chapter 4 than he does in chapter 5. He often changes his sentence structure and the point of view stays in third person. In these chapters Lewis did not use any obvious tricks with the reader. Chapter 5 Summary- This chapter shifts back to the amateur draft of 2002. For the past week, Billy and his scouts have been negotiating monetary deals with the young players they hope to get in the draft. Billy receives a phone call that the team before him, the Detroit Tigers, are considering on selecting his top choice, Nick Swisher. This angers Beane, but there is not enough time for him to rethink his strategy. However, an unexpected selection of players allows Billy to select Nick Swisher with the A's first pick. In the end, the Oaklands were able to select thirteen of its top twenty choices. The action of this chapter takes you to the amateur draft day in 2002. The most exciting part is seeing how the selection of players will occur. The frustrations for the characters in this chapter would be not being able to select a player wanted on their team or not getting many good players. The plot in chapter five caused for some characters to be frustrated and enraged, or like Billy Beane, be very satisfied with the outcome. The Play-by-Play 6. Instructions on how to read the novel- To read this novel you will need to have the ability to consider a few aspects differently. You also need the ability to understand baseball statistics.
7. Pace- the book skips around a numerous amount of times. He varies between the late 1900s and the early 2000s.
8. Theme- The idea that Lewis is putting out there consists of Beane's view that baseball can not all be taken in by a human's eye alone. It needs to be taken over a particular player or team. He wants people to be able to think outside-the-box.
9. Character- The protagonist in Lewis' novel is Billy Beane. The antagonist is the drastic reactions that the other scouts have to change.
10.Point of View- The view of this book is told from Michael Lewis' point of view. He shares how he feels, and his thoughts of Billy Beane.
11.Narrative attitude- The attitude that Lewis takes towards Billy Beane is very positive. He idolizes and is inspired by Billy's thoughts on his reasons to change the way that baseball is and has been controlled. The Roster of Players Action Shots Chapter 4 - The protagonist is Bill James. Bill James wrote several Baseball Abstract books in which he argued against conventional baseball wisdom by scientifically analyzing baseball through statistics. His work pioneered sabermetrics, the approach Billy Beane uses throughout Moneyball. The author uses indirect characterization by including much of James's literary work (pages 68-69). In this chapter, the antagonists are the general managers of baseball because they reject James's work.

Chapter 5 - The protagonist shifts back to Billy Beane during the 2002 draft. The antagonists are the New York Mets and Denard Span for almost preventing Billy from getting Nick Swisher. On pages 106 and 107, Beane is indirectly characterized as one with a short temper. Credits:
A little Chatter: Amanda
Instant Replay: Dallas
The Roster of Players: Kamil
The Play by Play: Raquel
Action Shots: Dallas
Who's on First: Raquel
The Scouting Report: Amanda
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