Here’s a really interesting article about the Russell deal.
It’s a long season. The Wild Card opens up many possibilities.
“It’s really depending on how you’re playing and where you’re headed,” Beane said. “Just about any deficit can be overtaken if you’re clicking as a club. Case in point, 2012.”
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Pardon us, Netherlands readers, but how do you say Moneyball in Dutch? Besides ‘Moneyball’, of course.
AZ Alkmaar has hired Oakland Athletics executive Billy Beane, one of the most celebrated advanced statistics gurus in the world and the subject of the film “Moneyball”, in an advisory capacity.
The AZ site says he’ll be helping the club in the areas of “high performance and innovation”.
The club’s general director, Robert Eenhoorn, played four ...
Being the general manager of a baseball team is an extraordinarily difficult job. A GM must have a near-preternatural understanding of baseball, the patience to deal with the Bond-villain egos of owners, and the administrative capacity to manage a diverse and often combative set of employees. A GM must earn the trust of his (or, someday — we hope — soon, her) coaches, staff, and players in order to get them to operate like a unit, while maintaining the emotional distance to view them as ...Read More...
Beane is still a step or two ahead.
Twelve years later, the debate is mainly over. The specific arguments raised by Moneyball have appropriately been adopted or rejected, the best run teams today are using both traditional scouting and evidence-based analytics, and the two schools are working together. Whatever advantage Beane held over his contemporaries in 2003 he holds no longer. Market inefficiencies last only as long as the market stands still, and baseball teams are constantly searching ...
“I’d like Billy Beane to be able to tell America, ‘Take that!’ when this is all over,” new bench coach Mike Aldrete said during the Q-and-A.
“One thing I’ve always heard around the league is, ‘Billy knows what he’s doing,’” new first baseman Ike Davis said. “I figured he had a plan, just be patient, and now that you look at it, it’s a pretty exciting team.”
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