|Brad Pitt as Billy Beane|
If you didn’t see “Moneyball” because you don’t like baseball then you really missed a very good movie. Brad Pitt plays the current general manager and minority owner of the
A’s, Billy Beane. Beane defied baseball logic and used economics and statistics to build a team that wins on average and nearly always makes a profit. Oakland
Today, the A’s are once again doing something amazing on the field and probably in the profit column as well.
|They lead baseball in late-inning comebacks|
In Moneyball terms, the bottom line comes down to this: A’ players earn $150,000 a season compared to the New York Yankees, who pay an annual average of $1.5 million per player. If the A's get to play the Yankees in the playoffs it doesn't matter if the Yankees win, the A's have already won in Moneyball.
The A's are just three games behind the Texas Rangers who lead the division. The Rangers are expected to make the World Series, largely because they pay their player some of the largest salaries in the business.
As of this writing, the A's are heading into September on a winning streak, similar to the one portrayed in the movie.
Seemingly, the A’s are doing it with smoke and mirrors. The A’s have won more games on the final at bat than any other Major League Baseball team this season.
Moneyball is working just the way the economists and statisticians said it would. You wouldn't want to bet against it.