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Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version

Moneyball – The 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Version

One of the biggest misconceptions about "Moneyball" is that people were led to believe that the Oakland Athletics were the first team to come up with the idea of focusing on undervalued stats like on-base percentage. The belief, especially if you saw the movie, was that the Athletics just flipped a switch and changed their approach one year, and that led them to become a winning team.

The truth is that the methods the Athletics used were being used for years -- not only by Oakland, but by other teams in baseball. What made the "Moneyball" story was the fact that the 2002 Athletics lost three top free agents, yet used the Moneyball approach to win 103 games, despite having one of the lowest payrolls in the league.

Ever since Moneyball came out, fans of small market teams have been looking for their teams to take the same approach. Sometimes that involved directly copying Moneyball and going with some of the stats mentioned in the book. Sometimes a team had success in a new area, o...

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