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(ESPN)   Oakland A's win the AL West thanks to their clever strategy of not drastically overpaying for Albert Pujols, allowing themselves to be managed by Ron Washington, or being Seattle   ( divider line
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584 clicks; posted to Sports » on 03 Oct 2012 at 7:04 PM (5 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2012-10-03 07:14:57 PM  
2 votes:
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2012-10-03 07:10:46 PM  
2 votes:
This is why I love the extra wild card spot. Winning the division is now far, far more important than in the old system. Good call Bud!
2012-10-05 12:28:25 AM  
1 vote:
Do not count out the A's. They have the magic stick.
2012-10-03 11:35:28 PM  
1 vote:

Dr.Fey: [ image 259x194]

Quote this at least once a week to all my Gigantes friends.....

/don't care if they have ONE title on this coast
2012-10-03 11:04:03 PM  
1 vote:
The A's did this with17 rookies,including 5 rookie starting pitchers..

2012-10-03 08:07:53 PM  
1 vote:

All right, let's do this again:

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Ummm, except with much less earthquakey-ness this time. And with the opposite outcome as last time, if possible. But otherwise:

GO A's!!*

*. . . unless you happen to reach the World Series against the Giants, at which point above statement is automatically deemed revoked

2012-10-03 07:59:28 PM  
1 vote:
45 year A's fan here. My father drove me from Denver to Kansas City to see my first A's game. They moved to Oakland the same year we moved back to Northern California. I've never seen an A's team like this. Honestly, I thought they were gonna dominate next year. But my little brother kept telling me "THIS year". I owe him a bottle of champagne. :)
2012-10-03 07:18:39 PM  
1 vote:

DeWayne Mann: And because Moneyball is dead.

The old Moneyball, which found that OPS to be vastly underrated, but more more correlated with winning than the prized stats is dead. That's because it's no longer being underrated. But that's only part of the story with Moneyball. The true Moneyball game is to find players that contribute to winning, but whose particular skills are underrated (and thus undervalued). So, as the market shifts, Billy Beane has had to shift as well, since Oakland can't really afford payroll numbers that are in the stratosphere. In reality, it's never been dead, it's just had to reconfigure itself for the market changes.
2012-10-03 07:13:06 PM  
1 vote:
I hope this doesn't end in another earthquake

//GO A's!
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