by David Schoenfield
September 22, 2013
With apologies to Andrew Friedman in Tampa Bay or John Mozeliak in St. Louis or Neal Huntington in Pittsburgh or Ruben Amaro Jr. in Philadelphia (just kidding, Phillies fans!), if I win $750 million in the lottery and purchase a major league franchise, Billy Beane is the guy I’d hire to run my franchise.
Although I may try to steal some of the stats guy from Tampa, St. Louis and Pittsburgh.
The Oakland A’s clinched their second straight American League West title with Sunday’s 11-7 win over the Minnesota Twins, further proof that Beane can build a winner minus Barry Zito, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder. Maybe the ideas behind “Moneyball” have been replicated and expanded — find a market efficiency and exploit it and hire smart analysts to help you find those inefficiences — but Beane has won the past two years in sort of an old-fashioned way: Make good trades and scrounge around the discount sales pile for cheap buys.