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Has the 'Moneyball' hype been overblown?

Beane changed game

Peter Schmuck

Baltimore Sun

How could it not be? Michael Lewis' book was a best-seller and has been condensed into a movie starring Brad Pitt. The movie's producers and director had no choice but to take some dramatic license to make it understandable and exciting to the average moviegoer.

But that doesn't diminish the amazing job Billy Beane did to make the A's a contending team for several years on a shoestring budget. He took over an

organization that was saddled with huge debt and had the guts to swim upstream against 100 years of conventional baseball wisdom. The...

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