¡°The sheer quantity of brain power that hurled itself voluntarily and quixotically into the search for new baseball knowledge was either exhilarating or depressing, depending on how you felt about baseball. The same intellectual resources might have cured the common cold, or put a man on Pluto.¡±
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Lewis¡¯ seminal book was subtitled ¡°The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.¡± It¡¯s remarkable in retrospect: Bill James¡¯ ¡°Baseball Abstract¡± was first published nationally in 1982; ¡°Moneyball¡± came out in 2003. It took 34 years since James introduced readers to sabermetrics and 13 years since Lewis explained the market inefficiencies Billy Beane¡¯s small-market Oakland Athletics tried to exploit for all 30 front offices to fully enter the modern age of baseball.
The expulsion of Dave Stewart from the Diamondbacks (presumably to somewhere in the New Jersey Pine Barrens), with Mike Hazen of the Red Sox taking over as general manager, and the hiring of Derek Falvey and Thad Levine to run the baseball operations for the Twins to replace old-school scout Terry Ryan means that every franchise is now doing some heavy numbers-crunching.
“I had a new pitch, and I probably abused it. So I need to go back to what I’ve thrown much longer,” said Strasburg, who was sporting a thick beard at the fan festival.
“One of our scouts, Dick Egan, was always telling me, ‘We have to get Mitch Moreland. He’s a player, a competitor, a gamer, a winner,'” Dombrowski said. “I came here, and the guys told me the same thing.”
Moreland said he had “a couple of options” on the free-agent market but preferred the Red Sox, because he believed they gave him the best chance to win the elusive championship.
“And that was before the Sale news broke, too,” Moreland said, referring to Tuesday’s blockbuster trade for ace lefty Chris Sale. “Seeing that, it just shows you we’re in it. We’re in it and trying to go all out to make that happen. I’m happy to be a part of it.”