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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,074 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonah Keri Narrator: Lloyd James Publisher: Dreamscape Media Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN:
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What happens when three financial-industry whiz kids and certified baseball nuts take over an ailing Major League franchise and implement the same strategies that fueled their success on Wall Street? In the case of the 2008 Tampa Bay Rays, an American League championship happens - the culmination of one of the greatest turnarounds in baseball history.

In The Extra 2%, financial journalist and sportswriter Jonah Keri chronicles the remarkable story of one team's Cinderella journey from divisional doormat to World Series contender. By quantifying the game's intangibles, they were able to deliver to Tampa Bay an American League pennant. This is an informative and entertaining case study for any organization that wants to go from worst to first.

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 2/19/2014

    " Pretty disappointing. I was dying for a good baseball book and thought this was it. The baseball stuff was pretty good, but too much background on the old owner, new owner, new leadership's background and the city's fight to get a MLB team. All very dry. When the author discussed how the team evaluates players and some of the moves they made, it was very interesting....but not enough of that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyle Schnitzer | 2/13/2014

    " Interesting analysis from one of the better baseball journalists. "The Extra 2%" really gave the reader an inside view of what it was like to be a part of the Rays organization for the better part of the 2000s. Keri really went greatly in-depth when talking about the old regime; as he did while talking about Friedman and Co. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Autumn | 1/31/2014

    " Predictably written and not nearly detailed enough. I know what the damn team did, tell me how they did it when other teams couldn't! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil Eckenrode | 1/30/2014

    " Fantastic book. Great insight into the Rays' front office strategies, and how changing the culture of a corporation can turn it around virtually overnight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholas Greenwood | 1/11/2014

    " I'm a baseball fanatic. I love the Red Sox, but I've become a Tampa Bay Rays fan and this book is a pretty solid history of the young team. The original owner was a nightmare and tried to micromanage the entire operation and ultimately drove the team into the ground and then when the new ownership took over, a team worth rooting for started to emerge. Jonah's writing is a bit repetitive sometimes but the stories about player scouting (the team scouted the man who is arguably the best player in all of baseball right now and passed on him) to a little background on the best manager in baseball, Joe Madden. I loved the book and have been recommending it to anyone who likes baseball, especially underdog stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jcrane1095 Crane | 1/2/2014

    " Very interesting read on how the Rays got to be such a good team (and how precarious it is for them to stay there). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin C | 1/2/2014

    " This book as a fine read, but do not expect the next Moneyball. The author does not go very deep into the actual "Wall Street Strategies" at all. This reads as more of a history of the Tampa Bay franchise rather than an in-depth look at baseball strategies. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andres | 9/29/2013

    " Interesting book. I enjoyed the stuff on stadiums but it was very scattered. A lot of the book is narrative sugar and in places contradictory. If you liked Moneyball and are a huge sports fan and it's on sale go for it. Otherwise skip it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Darryl Stangry | 9/23/2013

    " Good read in the post-Moneyball baseball world. Also interesting for finance junkies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlie Zegers | 3/18/2013

    " Great read. Now full of admiration for Tampa management... and sort of wishing they weren't in the American League East. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 11/2/2012

    " Interesting look at an interesting organization. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 4/14/2012

    " moneyball is better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/20/2011

    " Not that much like "Moneyball." More about the business and somewhat less about the baseball itself. Lots of interesting history about the Rays franchise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garrett | 6/21/2011

    " Would be great for the casual baseball fan, but as someone who spends my day poring over sabermetric blogs, running a fantasy baseball league, and watching games on Extra Innings, there's not a lot new offered here outside of the section on the Trop lease agreement. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason | 6/15/2011

    " an interesting perspective on how the Rays turned it around but...
    Clearly the level of access wasn't there to write a story as compelling as Moneyball. The first few chapters are filler and the perspective far too one-sided for my tastes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brad | 5/31/2011

    " Moneyball light. Good, easy read but did not "wow" me either "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kevin | 4/29/2011

    " This book as a fine read, but do not expect the next Moneyball. The author does not go very deep into the actual "Wall Street Strategies" at all. This reads as more of a history of the Tampa Bay franchise rather than an in-depth look at baseball strategies. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/26/2011

    " I enjoy Jonah's for the various websites he writes for and I was definitely happy with this book. It's great for any baseball fan, or fan of the Rays. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/3/2011

    " Not that much like "Moneyball." More about the business and somewhat less about the baseball itself. Lots of interesting history about the Rays franchise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tommyt | 3/26/2011

    " The history of the Rays was interesting. And how the new ownership turned the team around. It got a bit long, though and I felt it got repetitive at the end. "

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About the Narrator

Lloyd James (a.k.a. Sean Pratt) has been narrating since 1996 and has recorded over six hundred audiobooks. He is a seven-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award and has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award. His critically acclaimed performances include Elvis in the Morning by William F. Buckley Jr. and Searching for Bobby Fischer by Fred Waitzkin, among others.