Recap: The Simpsons S 22 E 3 Money BART

Lisa becomes Bart's Little League coach in order to expand her extracurricular activities, but Bart comes to hate it when Lisa begins sucking the fun out of baseball.

Tropes:

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Lisa's ease with numbers turns the team into a winning machine... at least at first.
  • Boring Yet Practical: Lisa uses math to lead the team to victory. Bart would rather be Awesome but Impractical.
  • Bait-and-Switch Comment: A commentator said that, speaking of Homer, Lisa's father's name was... not in the list.
  • Call Back: Marge recalls Mike Scioscia's radiation poisoning from Homer at the Bat. He has become super-smart and a saber metrics prodigy on the in-between.
  • Control Freak: Lisa becomes Drunk with Power and devolves into this as the episode goes.
  • Game of Nerds: Lisa is drawn to baseball by being introduced to Sabermetrics by Professor Frink.
  • Gender-Blender Name: When Bart accused Lisa of not understanding baseball, she brought up legendary baseball names of what she believed to be women (Terry Francona, Connie Mack). Nelson tells her those are men.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: The aforementioned incident of Lisa claiming that women could coach baseball, using Terry Francona and Connie Mack as examples. Furthermore, as she brings wins to the team, she becomes more of a Control Freak, to the point that she makes the team study phonebook-sized team tactic books right before starting every game and pretty complicated board drawings on training sessions. The fact that the team is winning is the only reason why none of them follow Bart into quitting.
  • Shout-Out: The episode title (and some plot details) are a homage to Money Ball.
  • Technician Versus Performer: With Lisa on the "technician" spot (winning by the tactics analyzed thoroughly through Sabermetrics, anything that deviates from them is unacceptable) and Bart on the "performer" spot (the typical "win or lose, what you should have on the field is fun" Aesop).