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

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

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

How In The World Do They Make A Movie Of "Moneyball?"

In what seemed more inevitable two years ago than it necessarily does now, screenwriters are hard at work on making a movie out of Moneyball. While some of the main characters — Jeremy Brown, Scott Hatteberg, Chad Bradford — have faded in time, there's still that plumb role of Billy Beane to account for, and some big… » 9/12/06 4:15pm 9/12/06 4:15pm