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Beane Counting: How To Grade an MLB General Manager

Published by on May 29, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

Although many refer to baseball's current generation as the "steroid era," far from the only changes in the game can be traced to medically enhanced physiques. Pitcher wins, losses, and saves, batting average, RBI, errors and bunting all seem to be on the way out in favor of adjusted ERA, BABIP, VORP, range factors, and pitch counts, all leading to a newer era in baseball influenced by the work of sabermetrics—trying to measure objectively what leads to wins and losses, challenging the conventional wisdom, and often upending it.

The book Moneyball and the success of small-market clubs like the Oakland A's in the early 2000s had a lot to do with this changing of the guard—and a consequence of that is the fact that gen...

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