LetÆs be honest; Moneyball hasnÆt quite worked out over the last few years. The Oakland Athletics had gone 457-353 under Billy BeaneÆs leadership when Moneyball was published after the 2002 season. They continued their success for the next four years, going 368-280, but have gone just 226-260 since 2007. Players Beane maligned in the bookùCarlos Pe±a and Prince Fielder, for exampleùhave emerged as superstars . Meanwhile, the most successful of the prospects he lauded are Nick Swisher and Mark Teahen. That Rajai Davis was allowed to steal 41 bases this year is proof that this is not the same team Michael Lewis wrote about. Maybe talking about undervalued skills loud enough for other teams to hear made it harder to find affordable talent. Maybe revealing his strategies to the world was ...
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