billy beane

moneyball

An Experiment That Changed Baseball: The Moneyball Draft 15 Years Later

For this oral history, we spoke with more than a dozen people who were directly, and indirectly, involved in the Oakland A's 2002 draft, which changed baseball forever.
Mike Piellucci
6.12.17
Nerds

Not Enough Cooks: Has the Vaunted Oakland A's Front Office Become Too Insular for Its Own Good?

As competing teams turn to large baseball operations departments, Oakland has opted to keep its braintrust small.
Rob Neyer
7.15.16
Baseball

How Wall Street Strangled the Life out of Sabermetrics

Once upon a time, advanced baseball stats had an application beyond the fevered hunt for market inefficiencies.
Jack Moore
10.22.14
Baseball

The Oakland A's, Existential Uncertainty, and Billy Beane's New Gamble

The Oakland A's made a classic baseball gamble in the name of a World Series run, but forgoing their usual philosophy has yielded no less uncertainty.
Patrick Redford
9.29.14
soccer

Damien Comolli—Soccer's Would-Be Moneyball Hero—on How It All Went Wrong

Despite a history of signing the EPL's best players, Comolli is stuck in employment limbo.
Jorge Arangure Jr.
9.12.14
summer

Top Ten Occurrences of the Sporting Summer, In Light of Media I Have Recently Consumed

It's a long summer, and not everything is sports.
Chris Collision
8.1.14
fandom

The Bizarre Fantasy of Wanting to Be an NBA Executive

GMs are not gods. The market is not magic. Paying attention to either won't help you understand or appreciate sports.
Chris Collision
7.21.14
bags of gas

Billy Beane Is Not Human

Billy Beane's op-ed about the future of sport unfortunately reveals a very narrow viewpoint.
Eric Nusbaum
7.9.14
Sports

My Summer Interning for a Minor League Baseball Team in Tennessee

I interned for a Minor League Baseball team because I wanted to work work for a Major League Baseball team. I thought I'd be crunching numbers like Jonah Hill, but instead I lived with an alleged child molester and worked with a drunk little person.
Greg Dorris
4.6.14
Sports

Despite What Geeks Think the Tampa Bay Rays Aren't that Great At Anything

Once a laughable expansion team with obnoxious uniforms, the Tampa Bay Rays have revamped their franchise into a competitive and savvy press darling but despite being heralded as the smartest franchise in baseball, no one but geeks really fucking care...
Anthony Pappalardo
7.20.12
Sports

Pitching Is Cruel and Unusual

Fuck, my arm. That has to be what every pitcher thinks, or says to their mom or wife, after a start.
Zaphod Weinberger
7.5.12