Muckety mover - Brad Pitt takes a star turn in Moneyball

By Muckety

June 15, 2009 at 2:05pm
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Here’s what happens when “sabermetrics,” the statistical analysis of baseball, goes to the box office.

Megastar Brad Pitt will play manager Billy Beane in Moneyball, the story of a how an underfunded team beats its higher-priced competitors by recruiting lower-paid, unknown players.

Beane, as described in Michael Lewis’s book, also titled Moneyball, knew he couldn’t afford top-rung players. So he emphasized less appreciated stats such as “on-base percentage,” turning a team with one of the game’s lowest payrolls into a winner.

Obviously, the new math of baseball hasn’t reached Hollywood.

Note: It may be that Hollywood is taking a closer look at the numbers. Columbia Pictures pulled its support from the film Friday, just days before filming was to begin.

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