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Although advanced baseball analysis had been around for years, Michael Lewis's 2003 book Moneyball, about the Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane's using it to build their roster, helped to start an online industry of carping about player evaluation and team structure. The release of the 2011 film adapted from it has similarly started an industry of carping and re-carping about Moneyball itself. It's too bad, because it's a smart, engaging movie that vindicates the sort of thinking many of those critics would defend. More »
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If there is one team that could entice Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane into leaving Oakland, it's probably the LA Angels, not the Chicago Cubs.
Beane practically would be going home; he is from San Diego. He finally would be joining a high-revenue franchise. Yet in Anaheim, he would face little of the outsized pressures that he would experience in an intense market...
The Oakland Athletics cut ties with three coaches on Friday.
The team will not renew the contracts of bench coach Joel Skinner, hitting coach Gerald Perry and pitching coach Ron Romanick.
All three coaches had been hired by Bob Geren, who was fired in June and replaced by Bob Melvin.
The Athletics signed Melvin to a three-year contract earlier this week.
Oakland also announced...
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Morale in the Angels' front office had waned under former GM Tony Reagins, who resigned Friday, sources tell Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, and the organization's direction seemed vague. Reagins may not have been ready for the job...
As an anniversary gift, my wife took me to see the feature film "Moneyball" on Friday, which gives a cinematic treatment to one of my alltime favorite books. It was a text that shapes the way I look at the game of Major League Baseball, and it's been fascinating to watch the fallout in baseball theory over the past decade.
One of the lines from the book that I vividly...
The Oakland Athletics will not renew the contracts of bench coach Joel Skinner, hitting coach Gerald Perry and pitching coach Ron Romanick, the team announced Friday.
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