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Moneyball Is A Business
Baseball has always been an old fashion type of game. Of course it is America’s past-time, but in Moneyball, the General Manager of the Oakland Athletics Billy Beane and his assistant Peter Brand reinvent the game of baseball by using a statistical formula to rate players. The Oakland Athletics was the first franchise to apply Moneyball to the Major Leagues. Billy Beane did this because his team is a small market franchise, which means that they do not bring in as much revenue and TV ratings as other franchises. These small market teams have to rely on the draft and developing players, while the big market teams go out during free agency and sign big name players who are already established at the Major League level. The theme of Moneyball is changing the game of baseball by giving small market teams a way to compete with the big market teams because professional baseball is a business. Billy Beane wants to win a World Series just like any other General Manager in baseball, but what he wanted to accomplish by using the Moneyball philosophy was changing the game and creating a new system to build a franchise that allows small market teams to be able to find good players and to be able to stay within the teams budget. Moneyball is a business move for a franchise because each franchise wants to win, but also make money because baseball is a business and this helps organizations save money.
Franchise owners are in professional sports to make money, but also have a winning team. Moneyball helps the owners save money, while making the fans happy. Moneyball is a statistical formula that generates the amount of runs a team needs to score over the course of a season to make the playoffs. There are a lot of stats involved in this process, but by using a computer to scout players, this illuminates the human aspect of scouting. Scouts sometimes can be bias and like players because of their size or speed. Well Moneyball focuses on On-Base-Percentage. The theory is if you get players on base and not worry about how a player does it, as long as a player gets on base, then it does not matter if it was by a walk or a base hit as long as the player gets on base.
Film can represent and symbolize something and that is why it is considered language because of the many different ways it can speak to a person. Hudlin states “film as analogous to literature is based on a comparison between the structure of verbal language and the function of visual imagery in the cinema.” (Hudlin 47). By this quote Hudlin means that film uses both language and imagery to portray a story and a good director can describe their film in a special way that their audience can get involved and interested. Film directors can do this by using different camera angles to capture different shots and parts of the movie. In Moneyball the director Bennett Miller used many different camera angles and styles to give the audience different views of the scene, so that the audience can see what the characters in the movie are seeing. This is important because this gets the audience involved in the film and keeps them interested.
When telling the story of Billy Beane as a player. It was good imagery by the director to have a flashback to when Billy was in high school and scouts for both baseball and football were coming to watch him display his talents. The New York Mets drafted Billy Beane in the first round of the 1980 MLB draft and gave him a lot of money to sign because he was planning on going to Stanford to play both baseball and football. The New York Mets really wanted Billy to play for them because they knew the kind of talent he had, so they gave him a lot of money as a late first round pick so they could lure him away from going to Stanford. Well The Mets idea worked and during the movie Moneyball, the director used good imagery by showing Billy Beane playing in the Mets...
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