“Moneyball’ in title (rushes over like a crazed Dr. Robert Morgan and drapes garlic on front newsstand).
Today, Beane said baseball is in great shape and “smart, wealthy people” are interested in being a part of the business.
“There’s remarkable talent coming in. Ken Griffey and Alex Rodriguez were the two best I’d ever seen in the game, but these kids coming in, they’re the next best,” he said, adding, “I love seeing international players coming in.”
DePodesta’s remarks prior to the lecture addressed using sabermetrics (data analysis) versus traditional, subjective scout reporting for player selection.
“We learned every year. We discovered where we were wrong. There were things we implemented in a simplistic or incredibly straightforward way. Ten years later, we laugh at how extreme those positions were.”
Suggesting the idea that measurements matter the most has swung too far, DePodesta said before the formal program, “Today, if a guy throws 97 miles per hour, that takes on more relevance, without taking other things into consideration. We’ve gone to the other extreme.”
He added that performance enhancing drugs (“PEDs”) have caused a complete blow out of the data collected before 2005.
“We were building models to predict future performance and players were doing things that would fundamentally change how they would perform,” DePodesta said. “We had to throw out 15 years of data.”