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Moneyball

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Zachary Ishima
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Moneyball

I did my critique on the movie Moneyball based off on a true story by Michael Lewis. Brad Pitt stars as Oakland athletics GM Billy Beane. Just coming off a great season, his star players Johnny Damon, Jason Isringhausen and Jason Giambi are free agents and there is no way after an amazing performance they can resign them. He is forced to reinvent his team on a tight budget; Beane will have to outsmart the richer clubs. Moneyball is an inspiring movie for sport fans. Throughout the movie, struggles to make a decent team with the B-list players. During the movie, Beane makes a trip to Cleveland, Ohio to negotiate a deal with the Indians. While making a deal, audiences see that there is no deal being made because the GM there is listening to a Yale graduate named Peter Brand. Peter Brand graduated from Yale with an economics degree. Though he is not doing anything related to his major, he has an remarkable ability to use statistics to determine the best players. Based off his statistics, he tells who to trade or keep on the baseball team. Beane is intrigued with Peter and hires him to be his assistant. The audience sees the struggles that Beane’s team goes through and in a strategic attempt to save the team, Beane decides to trade his good players and brings in people who peter says are worth it. While he is making these decisions that can possibly get him fired, we see the news and radio talking about his decisions and we find out Billy is going with the approach to win games with stats. He took this idea from a guy named Bill James. Bill James was working at a Kansas cannery when he came up with an idea that would transform baseball. The movie Moneyball tells the story of that idea and how the Oakland Athletics ran with it. James talks about the film and how his idea changed baseball. Not only does this idea sound ridiculous but it does not work in the beginning. Though it is rough in the beginning, Towards the mid...