If you've read Moneyball (and if not, why not?) you'll know about Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics General Manager who's trick is to build very successful teams without spending much money. He's doing it again this year: the A's are the best team in baseball; their payroll is 25th out of 30.
â€˜Moneyball'- Wenger's latest forays into the tranfer market By Max T
For those unfamiliar with the premise of â€˜Moneyball'; the film is based on the real life events of the Oakland Athletics baseball team, who despite having limited finances, manage to compete at the highest level against teams who have much deeper pockets.
Moneyball in the Premier League looking at Liverpool, Newcastle and Wigan - originally posted on
Since the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) bought Liverpool FC last season, there has been a lot of
talk about â€˜Moneyball'.
This was a successful book chronicling the Oakland Athletics baseball team, and in particular
it's General Manager Billy Beane (for a General Manager think of a powerful director of football,
David Dein at Arsenal, someone who controls transfer/signings).
If you are interested in the science of sabermetrics - be it from the 'Moneyball' tales of Billy
Beane and Bill James, or of Damien Comolli's interest in recreating the same in football - you'll
like this article by Neil Ashton on Comolli, sabermetrics, and what's gone wrong at Liverpool.
When the trend for sending statistical analysis to managers on a Monday morning began, Kenny
Dalglish filed them in the bin.
You don't get too many Premier League managers who look like Brad Pitt, although Jose Mourinho
did cool and brooding pretty well. But as baseball gets the Hollywood treatment with the UK
premiere of the film Moneyball, based on the book that detailed how Billy Beane used statistics and
analysis rather than gut instincts to turn the Oakland Athletics from nobodies to big players in
the MLB, the same principles are starting to be applied in the top flight.
Every data point (pass, cross, offside, out of play etc) mapped in these two hemispheres (one for
each half) between Man Utd and Barca in the Champions League finals.
Simon Kuper's fascinating article in the FT about how the data revolution is slowly changing the
face of soccer. There might be a time when quants will emerge from their gray shadows and take
their rightful place on the cover of Four Four Two.
I have always been a statistics nut. The love of the numbers behind sports came early for me, as
a young boy "keeping book" for my Yankees (I am now a rehabilitated Yankees fan, firmly rooting for
my local Phillies since the Y2K). I'd laboriously watch the games, scribble down every hit, walk,
error, and out (before DVR made it easier to catch what you missed).
Andy Carroll's Â£35 million move has surprised a lot of people, particularly in the light of the
Liverpool owners' reputations as careful, smarter investors.Â Â NESV, as you'll know, famously
took over baseball's Boston Red Sox and won a long awaited World Series, and in so doing used what
were termed "moneyball" principles.
Before ever playing a game with the Oakland Athletics, Manny Ramirez has been released.
According to reports, Ramirez had asked the A's to release him and the team decided to oblige.
Before being let go, the designated hitter had played 17 games in Triple-A in the minor
"It was an amazing experience," Ramirez told ESPN.
The news just keeps getting better and better for Manny Ramirez. First, he landed a new gig with
the Oakland Athletics after deciding to end his brief retirement from baseball. Now, prosecutors in
Ford Lauderdale, Florida have decided to drop battery charges against the future Hall of Famer.
Ramirez was initially charged with domestic battery following an incident with his wife on
The Need For Advanced Football Stats - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
As a sports fan living in America, you're bombarded with statistics of increasing complexity
across every sport except football (or soccer, as the US calls it). Media analysis of football
still relies on the same statistics we've seen for years, which are generally cumulative
Gary Neville threw the ceremonial first pitch in a game between the Chicago
White Sox's and Oakland Athletics last night as he promoted Manchester United's pre-season friendly
with the Chicago Fire. However it turned out to be a bit of a girlie pitch to be honest.
With the announcement that Oakland Athletics' managing partner Lew Wolff was stepping down on Thursday, along with team president Mike Crowley, San Jose Earthquakes president Dave Kaval was tapped to expand his role from president of the Quakes, to also president of the A's.
"I am looking forward to taking on this new role with the Athletics and I am equally committed to continuing to build on what we are doing here at the Earthquakes," said Kaval on Thursday.
So Liverpool's awkward season continues to progress. Mid-table Premier League and a Carling Cup
(with potential FA Cup on the way) I doubt are what John Henry and company expected when they
purchased the club last year. With a Champions League place way out of view lots of journalist are
talking about how the Moneyball aspect is not working this year.
The New York Yankees hit three grand slams against the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon.
How rare is this feat? The Yankees became the first time in the history of baseball to hit three
grand slams in the same game!
Who hit the three Yankees grand slams? Robinson Cano hit a grand slam in the fifth inning,
Russell Martin hit a grand slam in the sixth inning and then Curtis Granderson finished the feat
with a grand slam in the eighth inning.
Chicago Fire fans from around the Chicagoland area are gathering together to watch the game as
the Fire travel north of the border to take on Toronto FC. All the watch parties we have
information on are after the break.
The team, Section 8 Chicago, and Sector Latino are all headed to ChiTown Futbol at 2255 S.
Last year, the Seattle Mariners inked Chone Figgins to a big contract. In his first season with
the Mariners, Figgins was mostly a disappointment. Recently, there has been talks about Figgins
being traded from the Mariners with the Oakland A's being the main destination mentioned. Could
there be some truth to the Chone Figgins trade rumors?