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BLOG: Is 'Moneyball' dead?

Tom Jackson • Jul 14, 2011 at 2:15 PM

I keep running into trailers for "Moneyball," the new Brad Pitt movie about Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland Athletics.

The movie is based on Michael Lewis' 2003 book, "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game." The book portrayed Beane as the Napoleon of baseball, a brilliant general manager who put together winning teams on a low budget because he was smarter than anyone else.

I enjoyed the book, but does anyone besides me think the timing of the movie is kind of odd?

With major league baseball resuming today after the All Star break, the A's are in last place in the American League West division, with a 39-53 record, third-worst in the entire American League. Only one National League team has a worse record. The A's will need a hot second half to avoid a losing season.

Here is the team's record for the preceding four seasons: 2010, 81-81; 2009, 75-87 (last place); 2008, 75-86; 2007, 76-86.

Maybe the rest of the league has caught up with Beane. It's probably not entirely his fault that he's lost some of his mojo. Still, it's a good thing Billy Beane is a genius, or he'd have to worry about losing his job.

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