Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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 12:47 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, history, projections, sabermetrics

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: February 20, 2011 at 01:16 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 01:17 PM (#3754447)
You see, in this marketplace....
   3. McCoy Posted: February 20, 2011 at 01:34 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 01:50 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 07:33 PM (#3754591)
Billy Beane should not have written this article.
   6. Bug Selig Posted: February 22, 2011 at 03:42 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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Rough Carrigan
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

Newsblog‘Friends,’ the Sitcom That’s Still a Hit in Major League Baseball
(456 - 7:55pm, Sep 22)
Last: Rennie's Tenet

NewsblogOTP 18 September 2017: Ex-Baseball Star Darryl Strawberry Criticizes Jemele Hill, Praises POTUS: Trump is ‘A Great Man’
(1231 - 7:47pm, Sep 22)
Last: Joe Bivens Will Take a Steaming Dump

NewsblogAlbert Pujols is having the worst season for a 37-year-old in MLB history
(30 - 7:47pm, Sep 22)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOMNICHATTER's lookin' forward to the weekend, Friday, Friday, September 22, 2017
(22 - 7:43pm, Sep 22)
Last: The Yankee Clapper

NewsblogWhere have you gone, Tim Lincecum? In search of beloved Giants ace
(26 - 7:42pm, Sep 22)
Last: bunyon

NewsblogDayton Moore on why Royals did not sell | MLB.com
(19 - 7:28pm, Sep 22)
Last: Zach

NewsblogRobinson Cano hits 300th home run | MLB.com
(30 - 7:27pm, Sep 22)
Last: Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant

NewsblogThe Rangers release artists’ renderings of their new ballpark
(24 - 7:21pm, Sep 22)
Last: Zach

NewsblogKarl Ravech on Twitter: There is no conversation worth having ...
(11 - 7:20pm, Sep 22)
Last: Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle

Sox TherapyStep One Complete
(35 - 7:15pm, Sep 22)
Last: villageidiom

NewsblogMarlins’ Brian Anderson — inspired by Brian Anderson and Brian Anderson — has one of the most common names in baseball history - Sun Sentinel
(26 - 5:30pm, Sep 22)
Last: What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face?

Gonfalon Cubs15 To Go
(78 - 5:27pm, Sep 22)
Last: Moses Taylor, aka Hambone Fakenameington

NewsblogThe subtle change that saved Aroldis Chapman’s season | New York Post
(2 - 5:11pm, Sep 22)
Last: Mans Best Friend

NewsblogPat Neshek rips Zack Greinke for not signing autograph | SI.com
(52 - 4:57pm, Sep 22)
Last: Dog on the sidewalk

NewsblogMLB, Rob Manfred must expand protective netting | SI.com
(66 - 4:45pm, Sep 22)
Last: Dale H.

Page rendered in 0.1274 seconds
48 querie(s) executed