WILL “MONEYBALL” WORK IN SOCCER? ANSWER: WHO CARES?

 

BORED WITH BASEBALL? A’S GM BILLY BEANE

Thanks to SPORTSbyBROOKS for this gem:

In his baseball notes column this week, Tracy Ringolsby of The Rocky Mountain News writes that Oakland A’s “genius” general manager Billy Beane may quit his job.

Ringolsby writes that Beane may leave the A’s to take a similar job in professsional soccer. A’s owner Lewis Wolff also owns the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS. Ringolsby also reports that highly regarded A’s assistant general manager David Forst has turned down all potential job interviews. Why? Because rumor has it Forst may be replacing Beane as early as next year.

The San Francisco Chronicle actually wrote about Beane’s fascination with soccer back in February. The article described Mr. Moneyball as being interested in seeing if his small-market strategies could be applied to soccer. In turn, several European World Cup soccer teams reportedly sent representatives to Oakland to observe Beane’s “Moneyball” techniques.

If Billy Beane ever left one of the most secure jobs in baseball to run a SOCCER team it would truly be one of the most stunning stories in baseball history.

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