Report: Josh Donaldson, Billy Beane Had Heated Argument Over Days Off

Now that Josh Donaldson has left the Athletics, we can go to the next step: juicy stories about internal discord leaking to the media. This particular story describes a big argument between Donaldson and general manager Billy Beane. » 12/03/14 11:37am 12/03/14 11:37am

Billy Beane Says The Athletics' Trades Paid Off

This was the year the Athletics pushed in their chips, acquiring the likes of Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Adam Dunn, and especially Jon Lester. It didn't work out that way: the team with MLB's best record at the trade deadline ended up settling for a wild card and bowing out in a one-game playoff. GM Billy Beane… » 10/02/14 4:32pm 10/02/14 4:32pm

Dave Dombrowski And Billy Beane Have An Entertaining GM Rivalry

There are few occasions when you want to hear from your team's general manager. Usually, he's explaining why something went wrong, talking about how the team's trying not to suck, or saying goodbye as he's fired. The best times, though, are in free agency and at the trade deadline—unless your GM's Ruben Amaro—so… » 8/01/14 12:05pm 8/01/14 12:05pm

Billy Beane Predicts Baseball's Future

A's GM Billy Beane has what amounts to a written TED Talk in today's Wall Street Journal. It's always worth paying attention to him when he's talking about advances in baseball, but this is Beane at his most expansive: Making bold (if general) pronouncements about how analytics and technology are going to change not… » 7/08/14 6:39pm 7/08/14 6:39pm

After Signing Cuban Defector With Weird Workout Video, Have The A's Had…

What is going on Oakland? (No, not this.) Billy Beane's done some things. He traded two young All-Star starters, Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill, to the Nationals and Diamondbacks. He traded away his closer, Andrew Bailey, and Craig Breslow, another reliable reliever. Then he traded away two more starters, Guillermo… » 2/13/12 2:45pm 2/13/12 2:45pm

Billy Bean, Openly Gay Former MLB Player, Has Much In Common With His…

We've heard from many of the figures on the periphery of Moneyball since the movie hit theaters two weeks ago, but one we hadn't heard from was Billy Bean, the former Tigers, Dodgers, and Padres outfielder who came out of the closet in 1999. Bean, because of that slight difference in names, has often been mistaken for… » 10/07/11 5:25pm 10/07/11 5:25pm

The Undervaluing Of Moneyball; Or, What You Can Learn By Watching With…

Although advanced baseball analysis had been around for years, Michael Lewis's 2003 book Moneyball, about the Oakland A's General Manager Billy Beane's using it to build their roster, helped to start an online industry of carping about player evaluation and team structure. The release of the 2011 film adapted from it… » 9/30/11 3:50pm 9/30/11 3:50pm

Deadspin's Guide To Moneyball

The much-delayed Moneyball film finally pops into your area cinemaplex today, marking one of nerds' few victories in a September filled with Red Sox defeats. We take particular interest in this film, and not just because we've long yearned to see someone portraying Chad Bradford dance across the screen. Rather, it's a… » 9/23/11 7:42pm 9/23/11 7:42pm

Billy Beane On His Pet Names For Brian Sabean

Every morning, the fine folks at Sports Radio Interviews sift through the a.m. drive-time chatter to bring you the best interviews with coaches, players, and personalities across the sports landscape. Today: "Sabey Sabes" was a Hollywood invention. The real one was much worse. » 9/23/11 3:25pm 9/23/11 3:25pm

Deadspin Classic: The Forgotten Man Of Moneyball

Moneyball the movie is in theaters on Friday. Eric Walker doesn't appear in the film, and he's mentioned only briefly in Michael Lewis's book, but he was central to the statistical revolution that Moneyball chronicles—the "pebble that started the avalanche," in his words. Two years ago, he told us his story.… » 9/20/11 3:25pm 9/20/11 3:25pm

Your Field Guide To The Assorted Kerfuffles Over Moneyball, The Movie

Moneyball, the long-delayed film adaptation of Michael Lewis's book about Paul DePodesta's TI-89 and Jeremy Brown's love handles, hits theaters next week. It's a big thing for baseball folks, because Moneyball helped bring a statistically inclined subculture to the mainstream. You'll notice this in writing—Bill James… » 9/16/11 6:10pm 9/16/11 6:10pm

A Sneak Peek At The Moneyball Movie

Entertainment Tonight scored a preview of the Moneyball movie about Billy Beane and the A's that nobody thought would ever get made. It's the most teasing of teasers, with Brad Pitt (Billy Beane) slurring his lines, Jonah Hill (a character based on Paul DePodesta, who refused to let his likeness be used in the film)… » 6/15/11 6:45pm 6/15/11 6:45pm

Here's A Picture Of Jonah Hill As Paul De Podesta On The Set Of …

The Michael-Lewis-book-turned-definition-of-production-problems finally started shooting. See for yourself how the baffling casting choice will look on the silver screen. It's really a shame Sam Kinison wasn't available to play the ghost of Connie Mack. [The appropriately named Accidental Sexiness, via The Playlist] » 7/22/10 5:40pm 7/22/10 5:40pm

The Forgotten Man Of Moneyball, Part 1

He calls himself "the pebble that started the avalanche," the man who taught baseball analysis to Billy Beane. Gandhi, someone wrote, sparking MLK's revolution. Today, Moneyball remains a hotly debated phenomenon. Eric Walker is a footnote. Here's the footnote's story. » 10/07/09 11:30am 10/07/09 11:30am

Famous Actor Desperate To Portray Nerdy GM

Brad Pitt says that Moneyball: The Movie is still very much alive and he would very much like to play Billy Beane. So world-famous actors with beautiful movie star wives dream about being nerdy baseball executives? [MTV] » 8/13/09 9:45am 8/13/09 9:45am

Now It's Aaron Sorkin's Turn To Fail At Writing A Moneyball Script

Columbia has enlisted Sorkin, the sanctimonious West Wing creator last seen making Ed Asner say "Macau" over and over, to write a draft of the star-crossed Moneyball script. Such waste. Such inefficiency. Somebody could write a bestselling book about this. » 7/09/09 5:30pm 7/09/09 5:30pm

Soderbergh's Moneyball Script Too Real To Get Made

The Sony Pictures executive who pulled the plug on Moneyball says that Steven Soderbergh changed the original script because he didn't want anything in the movie that didn't actually happen. So Billy Beane isn't a sweaty, foul-mouthed, Hooters waitress slayer? » 7/01/09 11:15am 7/01/09 11:15am

Billy Beane Is A Golden God: Excerpts From The Scrapped Moneyball Script

It looks like Moneyball might not be coming to the big screen anytime soon because director Steven Soderbergh tinkered with the script and everyone realized that a movie version of the book made about as much sense as Joe Morgan. » 6/24/09 3:30pm 6/24/09 3:30pm

Eric Chavez Might Be Done With Baseball Soon

Eric Chavez has been told by his doctors that he has a herniated disk in his back and if he hurts it again, that's it for his career. Man, that's gotta suck. » 5/19/09 12:45pm 5/19/09 12:45pm