History Film / Moneyball

9th Apr '16 8:54:33 AM RaiderDuck
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** Carlos Pena is portrayed as a roadblock for Scott Hatteberg in the film, but had already been demoted to the minors by the time he was traded in real life with Hatteberg firmly entrenched as the starter (and also sporting an above-average fielding percentage). Hatteberg has also said Howe was actually his biggest supporter.

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** Carlos Pena is portrayed as a roadblock for Scott Hatteberg in the film, but had already been demoted to the minors by the time he was traded in real life with Hatteberg firmly entrenched as the starter (and also sporting an above-average fielding percentage). Hatteberg has also said Howe was actually his biggest supporter.supporter (while confirming that Howe and Beane did not get along).


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*** This was also the reason the A's under Beane's watch never won a championship: Beane's strategy relied on using previously disregarded metrics such as OPS (On-Base plus Slugging Percentage) to find undervalued players. As other teams realized the value of these metrics and actively recruited players based on them, Beane's advantage disappeared and he was left back where he started: with not enough money to compete with the wealthier teams.


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** Also head scout Grady Fuson. He belittles Beane and Brand every chance he gets, refuses to even consider their new approach, accuses Beane of doing it for personal reasons, then takes to talk radio after his firing and slams Beane mercilessly.
28th Jan '16 5:20:04 PM HarryLovesHermione
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* PutMeInCoach: Manager Art Howe refuses to play Scott Hatteberg at first base because of Hatteberg's lack of experience. Beane trades the player ahead of Hatteberg on the depth chart, forcing Howe to finally play him. The A's become very good very fast.

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* PutMeInCoach: Manager Art Howe refuses to play Scott Hatteberg at first base because of Hatteberg's lack of experience. experience at the position (in real life, Carlos Pena was also a more dangerous power threat). Beane trades the player ahead of Carlos Pena to clear a path for Hatteberg on the depth chart, forcing Howe to finally play him. The A's become very good very fast.
11th Jun '15 11:51:49 AM NotThisThing
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* ShoutOut: Peter Brand is watching film on minor leaguer Kevin Youkilis, dubbing him the "Greek God of Walks" [[note]]which is a bit of a misnomer, Youkilis is a Romanian Jew[[/note]] and talking about how scouts dismiss him due to his unnatural batting stance. Youkilis would go on to play on two World Series-winning Red Sox squads and become one of the best hitters in the game in the late 2000s.

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* ShoutOut: Peter Brand is watching film on minor leaguer Kevin Youkilis, dubbing him the "Greek God of Walks" [[note]]which [[note]]Which is a bit of a misnomer, as Youkilis is a Romanian Jew[[/note]] Jew. The book explains that Beane gave this nickname to Youkilis by interpreting his surname as "Euclis"[[/note]] and talking about how scouts dismiss him due to his unnatural batting stance. Youkilis would go on to play on two World Series-winning Red Sox squads and become one of the best hitters in the game in the late 2000s.
18th May '15 5:32:57 PM nombretomado
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The film stars Creator/BradPitt and Creator/JonahHill; Creator/AaronSorkin served as a co-writer of the movie's screenplay. The movie was nominated for six AcademyAwards: Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Sound Mixing.

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The film stars Creator/BradPitt and Creator/JonahHill; Creator/AaronSorkin served as a co-writer of the movie's screenplay. The movie was nominated for six AcademyAwards: UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s: Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Sound Mixing.
12th Apr '15 11:36:41 AM lipranzer
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When Wash makes his remark about teaching a fan to play first base (see DeadpanSnarker below), Billy starts tell him he's missing the point, then stops himself and concedes, "Good one."
9th Apr '15 2:53:33 PM beack7
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* ShownTheirWork: With a few liberties taken with the A's roster for dramatic purposes, just about everything else, from the rosters and front office personnel of other teams to the correct 2002 signage on the outfield wall, is just about accurate, right down to referring to Eric Byrnes as "Byrnesy" as he was known around the league.

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* ShownTheirWork: With a few liberties taken with the A's roster for dramatic purposes, just about everything else, from the rosters and front office personnel of other teams to the correct 2002 signage on the outfield wall, is just about accurate, right down to referring to Eric Byrnes as "Byrnesy" as he was known around the league.
19th Dec '14 2:34:35 PM stuffedninja
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* BitterSweetEnding: The A's go on an unprecedented 20-game win streak (setting an American League record) but lose in the playoffs. Billy is offered a 12.5-million dollar contract the highest offered for a baseball GM at that time to GM for the Red Sox and seriously considers it but ultimately decides to stay with the A's, content to know that he's changed the game for the better.

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* BitterSweetEnding: BittersweetEnding: The A's go on an unprecedented 20-game win streak (setting an American League record) but lose in the playoffs. Billy is offered a 12.5-million dollar contract the highest offered for a baseball GM at that time to GM for the Red Sox and seriously considers it but ultimately decides to stay with the A's, content to know that he's changed the game for the better.
18th Sep '14 12:48:37 PM Tropesofknowledge
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* OnlyInItForTheMoney: Averted. At the end of the film, Beane turns down 12.5 million dollars to stay with the A's.
26th Aug '14 9:30:46 AM realscreamer
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* PlayingAgainstType: Jonah Hill in a dramatic role; he was nominated for an Oscar.



* RealitySubtext: Paul [=DePodesta=]'s change of heart about how he was portrayed led to the composite character of Peter Brand being written in his place. Miller did note that [=DePodesta=] was still helpful with the production despite this.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The movie began production with Creator/StevenSoderbergh directing and Demetri Martin in the Jonah Hill role. After Soderbergh turned in his first dailies, Sony found his part-scripted, part-documentary, part-animation (which had Bill James voicing himself, explaining the idea of Sabremetrics) approach unmarketable and he was fired after about a week of shooting. The production was shut down for a year while Creator/AaronSorkin was brought to do rewrites and after Bennett Miller was hired to direct, production finally restarted.
7th Aug '14 12:06:26 AM Aquila89
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The film stars Creator/BradPitt and Jonah Hill; Creator/AaronSorkin served as a co-writer of the movie's screenplay. The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards: Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Sound Mixing.

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The film stars Creator/BradPitt and Jonah Hill; Creator/JonahHill; Creator/AaronSorkin served as a co-writer of the movie's screenplay. The movie was nominated for six Academy Awards: AcademyAwards: Best Picture, Actor, Supporting Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Editing and Sound Mixing.
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