More than a year ago, an A’s official sent me an email asking me, half jokingly, to stop mentioning Moneyball. It was an understandable request. Baseball changes quickly, and the lessons from Moneyball, or maybe more accurately, the lessons that the readers often perceive from Moneyball, no longer really apply.I hope it was more than half joking, because if the request was even partially serious it would mean people in the A's front office have some seriously thin skin. Can we mention the Reggie Jackson trade yet? How about the 1988 World Series? Too soon?
Monday, February 18, 2008
A Fatwah On Moneyball?
I couldn't do much more than make the blindingly obvious jeans joke when I heard that Jeremy Brown retired the other day. BP's Kevin Goldstein uses the news to reveal something curious: