Tags: Moneyball | Brad | Pitt | Red | Sox

'Moneyball' Based on Faulty Notion

Monday, 03 Oct 2011 08:58 AM

By Jon Friedman

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
I'm sick of hearing all about "Moneyball," the new Brad Pitt movie, already.

I think the whole concept of applying mathematical formulas to baseball and sports in general is a crock.

What about computing human emotions? Who computes whether a player will perform well in a pennant race or with the game on the line in the bottom of the ninth?

Forget the Oakland A's, a sorry excuse for a baseball team these days. The A's were a strong team TEN years ago when the team boasted a front line of Barry Zito, Mark Mulder, and Tim Hudson, all of them All-Star caliber starting pitchers in their prime.

Since they left the A's, the team has been awful, pure and simple. None of General Manager Billy Beene's computations could save the team by then.

And what about the Boston Red Sox, a franchise which swears by the principles of "Moneyball?"

Last I looked, the Red Sox were on the outside, peering in at the New York Yankees and the Tampa Bay Rays for a playoff spot.

It seems that the Red Sox blundered horrendously by paying big money to outfielder Carl Crawford and starting pitcher — and aptly named — John Lackey.

These two were the main reasons why the Red Sox didn't get better in the past year and ended up staging one of the greatest collapses in baseball history. The team went something like 7-21 in September and blew a nine-game advantage to the low-budget and battle-tested Tampa Rays.

So, don't tell me about the virtues of "Moneyball." The playoff teams this year — Yankees, Phillies, Brewers, D-backs, Cardinals, Rangers, and Rays — are doing just fine without any of that wonky nonsense.

Jon Friedman writes the Media Web column for MarketWatch.com. Click here and read his latest column.






© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Nation Feeling Obama Burnout

Monday, 25 Aug 2014 08:02 AM

Obama could have looked dynamic if he had ventured forth to riot-torn Ferguson, Mo. . . .

'Ice-Bucket Challenge' a Winner for Social Media

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 11:27 AM

It seems that a social-media phenomenon has exploded in which people spill a bucket of ice water over their heads and pa . . .

Media Tear Into Tiger Woods

Monday, 11 Aug 2014 08:33 AM

I was legitimately wondering what the people's sentiment is these days about the star we loved to hate a few years ago. . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved