Is there an equivalent of a "Moneyball" for the NHL?
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07-08-2009, 09:53 PM
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No....and fans of the NHL should be happy there is no moneyball.
This is one of the most over-hyped, garbage information out there.
It's true some of the money ball priniciapls are useful....things such as On-base-percentage.
However moneyball does not believe in stealing bases and the recommendations it makes for not having a closer shows the authors/creators of this theory have no regard at all for the physical nature of pitching and no common sense for sports.
It took a few novel ideads, like on base percentage and scouting, and added garbage like no stealing and no set 'closer', and was nothing more than a clearinghouse for stat geeks who never played the sport.
How you can recommend that it is wise to take out a dimension of the game, like stealing bases, really is ridicolous.
Ask any reliever to how realistic it is not to have 'set' roles.
The theory is worthless and the Red Sox have won because of good scouting, money, and the OBP.
They dismissed the closer theory and they do steal bases.
The A's always choked in the playoffs because they never could manufacture a run.
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