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New standards, the C3, dinosaurs, and Social Studiesball

Back seven or eight years ago, I picked up a book called Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis. It focused on the Oakland Athletics and the team’s general manager, Billy Beane. Burdened by a lack of funds, Beane was struggling to win games against teams with way more money to pay players. But by 2002, during a season that saw his team set a century old record for consecutive wins, Beane had found a way.

The answer?

Sabermetrics. The application of statistical analysis in order to evaluate and compare the performance of individual players. But not the traditional statistics. Beane and the A’s looked at a different set of statistics in ways that hadn’t been done before. This different way of thinking about baseball gave them a competitive advantage – they could find solid players that had been ignored by everyone else and so pay them less.

Win / win. A sweet team for less money.

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