This screenshot, from the film Moneyball , depicts Brad Pitt in the role of Billy Beane as he, and his advisers, are deciding which players should become part of Oakland's 2002 roster. Copyright, Sony Pictures, all rights reserved. Image provided here as fair use for educational purposes. Click on the image for a better view.


At the time the Moneyball  film was released, in September of 2011, many of the A’s from 2002 were still working for major-league baseball:

  • Scott Hatteberg ended his playing days in 2008 (after being with the Reds since 2006) and in 2011 was a special advisor to Billy Beane;
  • Barry Zito stayed with the A’s until 2006, then pitched for the Giants (as he was able);
  • Tim Hudson remained with the A’s until 2004, began pitching for the Braves in 2005 and won the National League’s “Comeback Player of the Year” in 2010; 
  • Eric Chavez stayed with the A’s until 2010, led the American League in base-on-balls in 2004, was a six-time Gold-Glove-Award winner and, in 2011, was playing with the Yankees;
  • David Justice (who was once married to actress Halle Berry) retired from baseball after Oakland’s 2002 season;
  • Mark Mulder retired after pitching for the A’s until 2004, then the Cardinals until 2008 (with whom he became a World-Series Champion);                             
  • Miguel Tejada - known for his ability to drive-in runs - played for various teams throughout his career but was released by the Giants in September, 2011.

As players and managers come and go, the debate about sabermetrics - and the "Moneyball" approach to baseball - continues.  So does the assessment of Billy Beane's selection of his 2002 team - now that historical stats are available to judge the actual performance of his sabermetrically chosen players.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Sep 01, 2011

Updated Last Revision: Jun 11, 2018

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