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Billy Beane

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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.


Moneyball – Arsenal’s recent transfer policy explained in detail

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‘Moneyball'- Wenger's latest forays into the tranfer market By Max T

For those unfamiliar with the premise of ‘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

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Moneyball in the Premier League looking at Liverpool, Newcastle and Wigan - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Since the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) bought Liverpool FC last season, there has been a lot of talk about ‘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).

Why 'Moneyball' didn't work at Liverpool

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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.

Could Brad Pitt win the Premier League?

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Could Brad Pitt win the Premier League?

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.

Soccer's data revolution: To be pitch perfect

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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.

Soccer and Sabermetrics: Any Future?

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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).

“So much for Moneyball”

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Andy Carroll's £35 million move has surprised a lot of people, particularly in the light of the Liverpool owners' reputations as careful, smarter investors.  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.


Manny Ramirez Released by Oakland

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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 leagues.

"It was an amazing experience," Ramirez told ESPN.

Manny Ramirez: Battery Charges Dropped

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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 Sept.


Liverpool v Spurs July 28 In Baltimore MD

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Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will play on July 28, 2012 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kick-off time is 1pm ET. Buy Liverpool v Spurs Tickets.

The game has a 1 p.m., kick-off because the Orioles host the Oakland Athletics that evening at the adjacent baseball park at Camden Yards.

The Need For Advanced Football Stats

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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 totals.

Chicago White Sox

Gary Neville Throws Like a Girl

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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.

VIDEO: GNev Turns To Baseball

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Gary Neville was invited to throw the first pitch in the Chicago White Sox versus Oakland Athletics match yesterday.

Wearing a number 2 jersey with his surname on the back, he showed that baseball probably isn't the sport for him.

"VIDEO: GNev Turns To Baseball" was originally published at The Republik of Mancunia.

The Rest

Earthquakes president Kaval adds new role, Shawlee steps into spotlight

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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.

That’s On Point - USMNT vs. Guatemala Preview (Sorta)

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He'll never be the head of a major corporation.

(Come on! Austin Powers anyone?)

By Mike Cardillo / That's On Point

Sometimes you wouldn't know it, but investing your god-given free time in following sports is supposed to be, umm, fun.

Why Moneyball does not work…in football

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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.

Yankees Hit Three Grand Slams – In The Same Game!

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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.

Rockies Acquire Mark Ellis from A’s

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Chicago Fire Watch Party Roundup: Saturday, May 14th vs. Toronto FC @ 6:00 PM CST

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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.

Chone Figgins Trade Rumors - Oakland A's?

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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?