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

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Adam S
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOT: Wrestling Thread November 2014
(744 - 6:07pm, Mar 27)
Last: Random Transaction Generator

NewsblogJeff Samardzija ready for future - Chicago Tribune
(6 - 6:07pm, Mar 27)
Last: Al Kaline Trio

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - March 2015
(1356 - 6:04pm, Mar 27)
Last: Moses Taylor studied spirit biking in Giberia

NewsblogOT: Soccer March 2015
(441 - 5:55pm, Mar 27)
Last: Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play

NewsblogOTP - March 2015: You’re out, tobacco: Bill would ban products at all California baseball venues
(3552 - 5:55pm, Mar 27)
Last: Bitter Mouse

NewsblogGrantland (Keri): 2015 AL Central Preview
(23 - 5:48pm, Mar 27)
Last: madvillain

NewsblogMLB Worth $36 Billion As Team Values Hit Record $1.2 Billion Average
(45 - 5:48pm, Mar 27)
Last: bfan

NewsblogBoras: Cubs using business, not baseball, if Bryant stays in minors - CBSSports.com
(143 - 5:46pm, Mar 27)
Last: Moses Taylor studied spirit biking in Giberia

NewsblogCallis: Ranking the best farm systems of the past five years
(20 - 5:41pm, Mar 27)
Last: geonose

NewsblogGrantland: 2015 AL East Preview
(30 - 5:40pm, Mar 27)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogJason Heyward’s Ability Seems Boundless. Soon, So May His Contract.
(30 - 5:33pm, Mar 27)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogDavid Ortiz writes The Dirt
(24 - 5:17pm, Mar 27)
Last: Darren

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 3-27-2015
(8 - 5:03pm, Mar 27)
Last: Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos

NewsblogNippon Ham ordered to pay ¥41.9 million for failing to shield spectator from foul ball
(15 - 4:24pm, Mar 27)
Last: dr. scott

NewsblogRethinking Pete Rose's reinstatement | FOX Sports
(110 - 4:20pm, Mar 27)
Last: Ron J2

Page rendered in 0.1536 seconds
48 querie(s) executed