Creative and new ideas and solutions often seem to come along as a result of limitations. Limitations are what forced Billy Beane and Paul DePodesta to architect ‘Moneyball’ in Oakland in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s.
After the rest of the league seemed to catch up with the A’s in the mid-2000’s, they came storming back with a vengeance last season, surprising everyone and winning the AL West crown. That division title sent a message to the rest of the league: Moneyball is back.
3,000 miles away in Queens, another team is dealing with a set of limitations, and they could learn something from the club in Oakland.
Last season Bob Melvin, the A’s manager, was able to maximize the talent on his roster by utilizing 3-4 platoons at a time.
One which worked particularly well was the platoon of lefty Brandon Moss and righty Chris Carter at first base. The two combined for 37 home runs, 91 runs batted in, and an OBP of over .355. That is arguably more production than either player wo...