Baseballer’s unite! A neat interview with Billy Beane.
The Athletics are in a lean spell though ... are your theories simply helping the big spenders pull even further ahead?
The idea that you can have a huge advantage in any business without some form of imitation resulting just doesn’t happen. We are very much at the bottom of the league in revenues, and face even greater challenges than a decade ago. I take it as a compliment that there is a trend towards objective analysis. Number one though, we need to secure our own venue and we are falling further and further behind.
Who is the best baseballer you’ve seen?
Ken Griffey jnr and Barry Bonds. Phenomenal. One thing unique about baseball is that it requires a very, very high level of hand-eye co-ordination along with a high level of athleticism. Those players had a level of athleticism that would have transferred to any sport in the world. Incredibly unique, like Lionel Messi in soccer. What they had set them apart.
Do you have any new tricks up the sleeve?
That’s a secret - I can’t tell you that until the next interview, the next movie. At least I’ve got to give you the illusion that there is one. I say that jokingly - in all seriousness, I really think it will emerge in the medical field. Minimising the length of injuries along with preventive measures - in many cases injuries determine how a team finishes. None of us have the answers yet but we are all searching.