Moneyball was an interesting... if not controversial concept when the idea was introduced into baseball. If one is unfamiliar with the term, the general premise is that popular statistics used to evaluate talent in baseball such as batting average and runs batted in are statistics that are over-rated in building a successful team. Moneyball theorizes that statistics that SHOULD be valued more in evaluating talent are slugging percentage and on-base percentage... because those statistics increase a team's potential to score runs...and thus win games.
The term inherited it's namesake from a bestselling book titled Moneyball: The Art of winning an unfair game by Michael Lewis which chronicled the rise of the Oakland Athletics in 2002 when Billy Beane used the sabermetrics valued in Moneyball to build a playoff team... despite having one of the smallest payrolls in Major League Baseball.
It was only a matter of time before the book was adapted into a film. The film stars Brad Pitt, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Jonah Hill. It is directed by Bennett Miller and was adapted for the screen by Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zallian and Stan Chervin. Check out the trailer.
To be honest, I'm still not sold on the general premise of Moneyball, although one can point out that the principles discussed in the book are effective... the truth is that a World Series Championship team has yet to be produced from it's theories.
Looks like an interesting film though.
Moneyball is scheduled for release September 23, 2011.
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