History Film / Moneyball

2nd Nov '16 10:34:23 PM Pysiewicz
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* TheExtremistWasRight: Beane redefined the way how baseball - and by extension all team-based sports - is played, simply by spitting on everything that was done before. This includes selling his best players just to get [[BoringButPractical the rest of the team]] room to do play.

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* TheExtremistWasRight: Beane redefined the way how baseball - and by extension all team-based sports - is played, simply by spitting on everything that was done before. This includes selling his best players just to get [[BoringButPractical the rest of the team]] room to do play.
2nd Nov '16 10:33:36 PM Pysiewicz
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* TheExtremistWasRight: Beane redefined the way how baseball - and by extension all team-based sports - is played, simply by spitting on everything that was done before. This includes selling his best players just to get [[BoringButPractical the rest of the team]] room to do play.


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* OccamsRazor: [[PragmaticHero Brand and Beane]] revolutionary idea of assembling a team boils down to statistics - everything that can't be turned into numbers is simply ignored, and everything that can be turned into numbers is counted, compared and sorted. This allows them to look through things that traditional scouts would consider as a liability or a flaw, while simultaneously exploiting the fact all those "flawed" players are undervalued and thus cheap.
2nd Nov '16 10:13:34 PM Pysiewicz
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* CareerEndingInjury: Inverted. Scott Hatteberg has irreparable nerve damage in his elbow, which renders him unable to throw or catch the ball. He's fielded as a first base player instead, precisely to ignore his handicap and to make use of his other skills.


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* JerkassHasAPoint: While all the old-school scouts are mostly playing guessing game when it comes to picking potential new players, at least part of their critique against Beane's picks are to the point. Like Hatteberg's irrepairable elbow damage (making him a disabled player by default) or Jeremy Giambi's tendency to party hard, which affects his trainings and performance during games.
** Giambi eventually starts to cause problems due to his excessive lifestyle, just like predicted. And not even his statistical value can counter it.
2nd Nov '16 9:47:38 PM Pysiewicz
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-->'''Matt Keough:''' And an ugly girlfriend.
-->'''Barry:''' What does that mean?
-->Beane hits a {{facepalm}} in the background
-->'''Matt Keough:''' Ugly girlfriend means no confidence. (...) I'm just saying his girlfriend is a [[EightPointEight 6 at best]].
20th Jun '16 5:03:17 PM dmeagher13
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* InsaneTrollLogic: The best way to describe some of the more outlandish methods that the A's management uses to evaluate potential players prior to Beane and Brand's introduction of statistics.
9th Jun '16 10:59:05 PM lipranzer
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-->'''Washington''': Yeah, maybe I can teach one of them how to play first base.

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-->'''Washington''': Yeah, maybe I can teach one of them how (how to play first base.base).
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.
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