Billy Beane Hired as Adviser for Dutch Soccer Team AZ Alkmaar

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2015

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 06:  General manager Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics watches batting practice prior to Game One of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on October 6, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Billy Beane has made a career for himself in baseball making out-of-the-box decisions and bucking traditional ways of thinking for a more progressive, analytical approach. So his latest career move shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as Beane will reportedly be advising Dutch soccer club AZ Alkmaar.

PA Sport on Twitter has the report:

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Dutch soccer team AZ Alkmaar have appointed baseball innovator and @Athletics GM Billy Beane as an official adviser. @MLB #Eredivisie

"I am truly excited for the opportunity to be part of AZ Alkmaar in an advisory role," Beane told PA Sport, via ESPN FC. "Despite being a great football club with a storied history, they face many of the challenges we have with the Oakland A's. My love for football and AZ's vision of the future of the club made this an attractive pursuit."

Per that report, Beane will advise the team from the United States and visit the club several times a year.

Beane was famously portrayed by Brad Pitt in the movie Moneyball, which chronicled his progressive roster moves and reliance on sabermetrics to rebuild the Oakland Athletics during his tenure as the team's general manager, starting in 1997 through the present.

(FILE PHOTO) In this composite image a comparison has been made between Billy Beane (L) and Actor Brad Pitt. Oscar hype continues this week with the announcement of the nominations for the 84th Academy Awards. Luise Rainer became the first actress to rece
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Certainly, Beane will bring a fresh perspective to the club and isn't a stranger to the game of soccer, as he claimed in 2011 that one of his idols is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. AZ Alkmaar were wise to snatch up a progressive, unorthodox adviser like Beane, who will surely bring a new, fresh approach to the club's philosophy.

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