- 21+ 3- 4
Billy Beane: "We are card counters at the blackjack table. And we're gonna turn the odds on the casino."
Beane's truly unconventional approach to scouting and trading baseball players sets the entire baseball world on it's collective ear. Does it work? Watch the movie!
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Peter Brand (to Billy): "Baseball thinking is medieval, they are asking all the wrong questions and if I say it to anybody I'm...I'm ostracized. I'm a rebel, so that's why I'm...I'm cagey about this with you, that's why I respect you Mr. Beane and if you want full disclosure, I think it's a good thing you got Damon off of your payroll. I think it opens up all kinds of interesting possibilities."
Peter explains to Billy that people running baseball clubs are thinking in terms of buying players - not buying wins. This change, Peter believes, will change the fate of the Oakland A's.
- 23+ 3- 5
Asking for Helpv
Stephen Schott: "We're not gonna compete with these teams that have big budgets. We're gonna work with the constraints that we have and you're gonna get out and do the best job that you can recruiting new players. We're not gonna pay seventeen million dollars a year to players."
Billy Beane: "I'm not asking you for ten, twenty, thirty million dollars. I'm just asking for a little bit of help. Just get me a little bit closer and I will get you that championship team. I mean, this is why I'm here. This is why you hired me. And I gotta ask you: What are we doing here?"
Billy's meeting with A's co-owner Stephen Schott doesn't go the way he'd hoped. Over time, however, once Peter starts working with the team, he makes some progress - including getting relief pitcher Ricardo Rincon.
- 24+ 3- 6
Peter Brand: "Your goal shouldn't be to buy players. Your goal should be to buy wins. In order buy wins, you need to buy runs."
In 'Moneyball,' Jonah Hill plays Peter Brand, Billy Beane's assistant with the Oakland A's. Brand is a pseudonym for Paul DePodesta, the real-life former A's assistant GM who uses sabermetric principles in baseball.
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Island of Misfit Toysv
Peter Brand: "People are overlooked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws: Age, appearance, personality. Bill James and Mathematics cuts straight through that. Billy, of the twenty thousand notable players for us to consider, I believe that there's a championship team of twenty five people that we can afford. Because everyone else in baseball under values them - like and island of misfit toys."
This quote is a classic example of how Peter's system works: Find the players that other teams don't want or don't care to pay the big bucks, and snag them for the A's. As a result, Billy assembles a sort of Island of Misfit Toys team for very little money (relatively speaking).
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