I've seen Moneyball many times, and it was a great movie, but the idea that Sabermetrics is great is so wrong, that I had to blog about how Sabermetrics is ruining baseball. Let me start this off by giving you a brief synopsis of Moneyball: it's about the 2002 Oakland Athletics and Billy Beane being able to get low cost players who got overlooked. One thing I've always found amusing is that the Athletics didn't have the lowest payroll in the M.L.B. even though the movie would give you that assumption. The movie also focuses heavily on Chad Bradford, David Justice, and Scott Hatteberg. Now while they did well that year, they were not the reason the Athletics made the playoffs. The reason the Athletics made the playoffs was due to the superior play of Barry Zito, Eric Chavez, Mark Ellis, Mark Mulder, Miguel Tejada, and Tim Hudson, and they're not mentioned in the movie once. This is not a criticism of the movie, this is a criticism of every Sabermetric supporter in the world. One thing that gets lost is that due to Sabermetrics, the Athletics traded Carlos Pena to let Hatteberg play. Now while Pena is hitting 30 home runs a year, Hatteberg is out of baseball. Another thing that gets lost is that under Beane, the Athletics have only won one playoff series. I know the Athletics are doing well this year, but mark my words, they're going to perform awfully in the playoffs assuming they get there. The 2004 and 2007 Boston Red Sox supposedly won World Series using Sabermetrics. This is wrong. Now while they did use a little bit of Sabermetrics, the reason they won was due to the superior play of Curt Schilling, Dustin Pedroia, Jason Varitek, Johnny Damon, Jonathan Papelbon, Josh Beckett, Kevin Youkilis, Manny Ramirez, Mike Lowell, and Pedro Martinez. Now thanks to Sabermetrics, we have people worrying about a bunch of useless stats such as B.A.B.I.P., C.E.R.A., F.I.P., U.Z.R., W.A.R., w.O.B.A., and x.F.I.P. And who do we have to thank for this? You guessed it, Bill James. One thing that I hate about James is that when he published his first book in 1977, he was working as a security guard at the Stokely-Van Camp pork and beans cannery and had no prior baseball experience. That's right, James was trying to revolutionize a game he had never even played. James is so stupid, he supports the closer by committee approach. One other thing I hate about James is the effect he had on the M.L.B. Draft. He hates kids being picked out of high school and because of this, the Athletics have been a bad drafting team since Beane embraced Sabermetrics. It's only fitting that James has been working for the Red Sox for nine years.
In conclusion, James and Beane are two glory hogs who have ruined baseball!