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  • It is sometimes said that Major League Baseball (MLB) is unfair due to the huge budget discrepancy between teams.

  • While franchises in big markets, like New York or LA, can afford to buy the best players, small-market clubs are forced to make do with their leftovers.

  • That is until an unconventional strategy called sabermetrics helped level the playing field.

  • Billy Beane, the current General Manager (GM) for the Oakland Athletics, is known for being an early proponent of sabermetrics.

  • In 1997, the Athletics were short on cash, so it was impossible for the team to compete financially with top rivals, which had large budgets.

  • So Beane turned to sabermetrics, which uses statistics to evaluate players instead of the traditional methods of human analysis and scouting.

  • Traditionally, teams tended to only pay top dollar to home run hitters.

  • However, sabermetrics helps to locate affordable players who play good defense or draw lots of walks.

  • These skills may not be glamorous, but they do help win baseball games, just as much as big home runs or fast pitches.

  • In the end, Beane's results speak for themselves.

  • The Athletics have won five division titles so far with Beane leading the team.

  • Although they have only spent US$41 million on salaries, the Athletics have been able to compete with the Yankees, who have a budget of over US$200 million.

  • His achievements were so impressive that they inspired a best-selling book Moneyball:

  • The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, which was later turned into a movie starring Brad Pitt.

  • Beane proved that it isn't always necessary for owners to spend boatloads of money to field a great baseball team.

It is sometimes said that Major League Baseball (MLB) is unfair due to the huge budget discrepancy between teams.

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