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Image of the Oakland Athletics team logo.  Image online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

 

Baseball statistics,
unlike the statistics
in any other area,
have acquired the
powers of language.

Bill James 
Baseball Abstract
1985

Billy Beane, general manager of the Oakland Athletics, had a major problem.  Actually, he had many major problems.

His team had a very successful 2001, winning 102 games, but they'd lost three free-agent players.  Beane had to replace them, for the 2002 season, but didn’t have enough money to get "the best" guys.  

Billy worked for one of the "poor teams," not one of the "rich teams" - like the New York Yankees - so he had limited funds.  His funds were so limited that he had to build an entire team with a budget most rich teams could spend on a single player.

Then Billy Beane had a series of talks with Paul DePodesta (called Peter Brand in the film).  The young Harvard grad, who majored in economics, had some ideas how the A's could build a great team with undervalued players.  Beane promoted DePodesta to assistant general manager.

Three months later, despite a bumbling start, the A's winning streak seemed unstoppable.  Had Billy Beane implemented a new way to build a Major-League Baseball team?

 

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Original Release: Sep 01, 2011

Updated Last Revision: Nov 09, 2016


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