Art Howe: A Record Season + Clashes With Billy Beane

Art Howe: A Record Season + Clashes With Billy Beane

Who was Art Howe, and what did he do in Moneyball? How did Art Howe contribute to the A’s season, and what was his relationship like with Billy Beane? Art Howe, Oakland A’s Manager, clashed with Billy Beane over the idea of sabermetrics and Beane’s over-management of the team. Art Howe was eventually hired by another ball club, but Howe’s Oakland management was both contentious and successful.

Bill James Baseball Abstracts: Reimagining Stats

Bill James Baseball Abstracts: Reimagining Stats

What are the Bill James Baseball Abstracts? How did the Bill James Baseball Abstracts change how teams looked at data? The Bill James Baseball Abstracts came from Bill James’s writings on baseball and data. James eventually published an annual baseball abstract to highlight the gaps in traditional baseball data, a publication sought after by proponents of Sabermetrics.

Jason Giambi: Athletics Star Leaves Team Scrambling

Jason Giambi: Athletics Star Leaves Team Scrambling

Who was Jason Giambi on the Athletics? What did it mean when Jason Giambi left the Oakland a’s? Jasson Giambi, Athletics star player and power-hitter, was one of the big talents on the Oakland Athletics. The loss of Jason Giambi from the A’s is what causes Billy Beane to think outside the box and consider groundbreaking new options, like Sabermetrics. Jason Giambi’s Athletics career is over. But the A’s are just getting started.

Sandy Alderson: A Pioneer of Data-Driven Baseball

Sandy Alderson: A Pioneer of Data-Driven Baseball

Who is Sandy Alderson? What was Sandy Alderson’s role in Moneyball? Sandy Alderson was the general manager of the A’s when Billy Beane made his transition to the front office. He was considered a baseball outsider by many within the organization, mainly because he had never played baseball himself. Not only did Sandy Alderson hire Billy Beane to work in the A’s front office, but he also was an early proponent of Bill James and Sabermetrics. Sandy Alderson’s strategies eventually find a new home with Billy Beane, as he rises through the ranks to Oakland A’s GM.