Moneyball Movie Analysis Essay

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Moneyball, based on Michael Lewis’ 2003 book, details the struggle of the Oakland Athletics, a major baseball team. The Oakland A’s overcome some seemingly impossible obstacles with the help of their general manager, Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), by applying a new innovative statistical analysis, known as sabermetrics. Sabermetrics is the empirical analysis of baseball, or the use of statistical analysis to question the traditional measures of baseball (Birnbaum).
The underlying theme of this movie is to outline basic economic principles, with the understanding of what economics is. The definition of economics is simple, it is the study of how people use their scarce resources to satisfy their unlimited wants more simply, and how choices are made
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Chapter 3 in the movie [13:33 – 16:42]: This scene opens up with Billy Beane waiting in the fancy headquarters for a meeting with the general manager, Mark Shapiro, of the Cleveland Indians (a former wealthy franchise competitor). Bean’s goal is to ultimately find two new players to replace the loss of two superstars, Johnny Damon and Jason Giambi. As Bean begins to negotiate with Shapiro, he presents a list of players that could potentially pose as a beneficial replacement to Damon and Giambi. About halfway through the scene, Shapiro denies every offer Beane purposes to him based off of the Oakland A’s reputation. Unfortunately for the A’s, they only have limited funds of $39,722,689 which is considered very little, considering the salaries for each and every player and the competition of wealthy teams in the MLB such as the New York Yankees with …show more content…
A left-handed reliever. I’m thinking Ricardo Rincon. That’s not gonna happen. Not even a discussion? Billy, even if you could afford him, respectfully, we love him. We’re not about to let him go. You got this Venezuelan kid coming up. We had him. We moved him to Detroit. What else you thinking? Outfielders. To replace Damon. Yeah. In your price range, no disrespect. Enough Mark. Uh…Hollins? Uh-uh. Garcia? Nope. Maybe Coste. Uh-uh. That’s it. All right, tell me about Garcia. To replace Johnny Damon? Mark, is he healthy? Yeah, he’s healthy-ish. He had that back thing. Billy: I’ll tell you what. I can give you Guthrie if you kick in some cash. Mark Guthrie? Yeah. How much cash? Two hundred K… So I think it’s going to be a hard no on Garcia, but let’s just keep going. What else are you thinking? What are we doing here Mark? Is this business? This is the way we do business in

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