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The Building of the Oakland Athletics "Moneyball" Rotation

June 16, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



When "Moneyball" was published during the early years of last decade, the general public was shown a world of baseball ideals and smart management that had never been seen before. In its pages a big spotlight was cast onto the unique quirks of the Oakland Athletics, a franchise that had redefined many baseball standards as a pure survival tactic. Forced to deal with an outdated stadium and a small market, GM Billy Beane and his team had found ways to be successful on a budget, and thus the system has since been copied and assimilated by big and small franchises alike, with many of Beane's goals now a part of everyday Major League Baseball.  And even as the book was sometimes unfairly reduced to a case study of OBP, advanced metrics, and the power of walks, the truth is that the higher calling of "Moneyball" was to show how the A's had applied sound business practices to the baseball field, getting ahead of their competitors simply by thinking outside the box and innovating. So while it is easy to remember the book (and the movie) for the likes of Scott Hatteberg and Kevin Youkilis, Oakland's formula has more to do with exploiting market inefficiencies and seizing control of undervalued assets.

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