Houston Astros: How Moneyball Concepts Can Help Them Get Back in Contention

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Houston Astros: How Moneyball Concepts Can Help Them Get Back in Contention
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J.A. Happ is a symbol of anti-Moneyball management.

If you are a baseball fan, you have probably seen Moneyball by now. If you haven't read the book you should. In a past life, I taught English literature at the high school level. One of the things you have to teach is how you can take a work of literature and distill a common theme or message out of the piece.

This is often difficult when you are working with something 100 or more years old. You have to factor in the times and the world the author lived in. Moneyball is nearly 10 years old, but in sabermetric terms that almost seems like a century ago. So, anyone can pick it apart in terms of literal strategy, but if you break it down to its essential roots, the message will stand the test of time.

The core message was that successful teams will look for value where the rest do not. In 2002 that was OBP. It may not be OBP today, but there are things the monsters are missing. Some organizations are tripping through the analytical age like an aging computer geek trying to hang onto dial up and AOL. Unfortunately, the Astros are one of these organizations.  

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