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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Poole: Oakland A’s Billy Beane moves past ‘Moneyball’

Legendary gold, green, and white jeans. Now with adjust-a-fit waistbands!

Eight years later, the A’s still aren’t selling jeans. Yet as they prepare for their first full-squad workout Sunday in Phoenix, plenty of players in camp are fit enough to model.

“Oh yeah, our guys look good in jeans,’’ concedes Beane.

That’s because Beane, who became something of a polarizing figure in the wake of the book, has adjusted and reshaped his philosophy. The alpha dog has expanded his dogma.

If the 2011 A’s develop as he hopes, they’ll spend the season playing solid defense, exhibiting well-toned bodies and running like jaguars. And, furthermore, they will contend for the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

“One of the things over the course of the last 10 years that’s gotten easier is the ability to more accurately measure a player’s defensive abilities,’’ Beane says. “Not just with us, but other teams are getting better at measuring it. We think we’re getting better, and it reflected in our team defense last year. So in that sense, I would say, it’s changed.’‘

...“The game is constantly changing, and what you want to do is maximize where you’re choosing,’’ Beane says. “For us, there have been some younger players—high school players—who have seemed like the better value. I don’t know if it’s necessarily a philosophical difference, but maybe it’s just trying to take advantage of what was there.’‘

Repoz Posted: February 20, 2011 at 01:47 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, history, projections, sabermetrics

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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: February 20, 2011 at 02:16 PM (#3754446)
So what Beane is saying is that he hasn't moved past Moneyball.
   2. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: February 20, 2011 at 02:17 PM (#3754447)
You see, in this marketplace....
   3. McCoy Posted: February 20, 2011 at 02:34 PM (#3754449)
The defense part was always the weakest part of the book for me. Does a baseball team really need sabermetrics to look at the defensive abilities of their players?
   4. Darren Posted: February 20, 2011 at 02:50 PM (#3754451)
Market inefficiencies are the new market inefficiency. There, now we've come full circle.
   5. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 20, 2011 at 08:33 PM (#3754591)
Billy Beane should not have written this article.
   6. Bug Selig Posted: February 22, 2011 at 04:42 PM (#3755732)
Does a baseball team really need sabermetrics to look at the defensive abilities of their players?


To look at, no. To evaluate, yes.

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