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Loyola professor helps piece resurgent O's team together

Loyola professor helps piece resurgent O's team together

The opening scene of the movie "Moneyball" is a grainy close-up of Johnny Damon batting for the Oakland Athletics. Damon becomes the movie's pivotal point, a primary example of a player paid more than stats say he is worth. That surprised Loyola University Maryland economics professor Stephen Walters. He used the sort of advanced statistical analysis championed by the film and the book that inspired it to advise then-Boston Red Sox general manager, Dan Duquette, that signing Damon in fact made a great deal of financial sense. " 'Bout knocked me out of my chair when I first saw the movie," Walters said. "Dan really was on the vanguard of using sabermetrics...

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