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Old 11-13-2011, 04:06 AM   #7543
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Originally Posted by Richard J. View Post
I saw Moneyball last week. It was entertaining and all, but boy did they overstate the impact of Billy Beane's "genius".

The movie claimed that Beane's strategy of going after players who get a lot of walks was responsible for the success the A's had. Three names that weren't mentioned EVEN ONCE were Mark Mulder, Tim Hudson, and Barry Zito.

Beane is still in Oakland, those guys aren't, and the A's are losers now. It's obvious why that team won, and it's not because their hitters got a lot of walks.
Mulder, Hudson, and Zito didn't carry that team alone. By focusing on a market inefficiency at the time (high OBP guys who took walks), he was able to get very good production out of several positions very cheaply.

Unfortunately for him (and partly because of him...which is the real point of the movie), that market inefficiency doesn't exist any longer. The philosophies of that A's club are now used everywhere.
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