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04-03-2012, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Lafleurs Guy View Post
Billy Beane's Oakland A's. He built exclusively from a spreadsheet and ignored tangibles altogether. The team was a complete disaster. He then fired half the team and came back with guys who didn't carry the same baggage. They were still SABR guys but he looked at outside factors and the team took off on a 20 game win streak. On a fraction of the budget from the 'big' teams out there he made the playoffs. He didn't win the series but that's more a reflection of lack of resources than anything.
Exclusively? Not even close. The A's still employed scouts, they still used scouting and video work. Beane may not have watched his team play games but they had staff doing that, watching other teams play, and writing scouting reports.

I also don't recall him firing half the team sometime between 2001 and 2002 (2002 was the year where they had the 20 game win streak).

The 2001 A's lost a lot of talent to free agency (Jason Giambi, Miguel Tejada, Johnny Damon, and if you overvalue closers like most people still do Jason Isringhausen) but the 2001 team won 102 games and made the playoffs. The 2000 A's won 91 games and made the playoffs.

The teams before 2002 were hardly disasters.

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