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Washington praises ‘Moneyball,’ A’s GM Beane
Question of the Day
Beane relied heavily on advanced statistics rather than old-school scouting, a process Michael Lewis chronicled in the bestselling book, “Moneyball.” The book has been turned into a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt as the A’s general manager.
“No,” Washington said flatly.
“You know,” he continued, “I was in Oakland when all of that happened, and to me it was a great movie about a general manager that was hamstrung as far as dollars go, and he had to find players and put them together under a formula that he thought would work.”
Washington said he’s a “big fan” of Beane, who gave him a chance to be a major league coach, and later a glowing review to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels. That allowed Washington to land his first job as a big league manager.
“As I always say, the things that you accomplish in life, it always comes from other people extending themselves to help you,” Washington said, “and he’s certainly been a big part in my career since I finished playing baseball.”
HOMER-LESS HAMILTON: Josh Hamilton was rifling through his bag Wednesday afternoon, trying to find the right bat to sign for a fan. Hitters are superstitious about this kind of thing, always making sure they don’t give one away that has a few more hits in it.
“It’s been a while,” Hamilton said. “Not sure I can find one of those.”
The slugging outfielder hasn’t hit a homer since going deep off the Mariners’ Anthony Vasquez on Sept. 23, a stretch of 19 games and 79 at-bats. That includes all five games against St. Louis in the World Series, which Texas leads 3-2 going into Thursday night’s rain-delayed Game 6.
The extra day off should give Hamilton a chance to rest his ailing groin.
Hamilton has been hampered by the injury for several months, and appeared particularly slowed by it during the first two games in St. Louis. He looked better in the warmer climate of Texas, but now the series shifts back north, where temperatures are expected to be in the 40s.
Hamilton has grown so tired of discussing the injury that he warned reporters Wednesday that he wouldn’t answer any questions if the subject was broached. However, he did say the postponment allowed him to seek more treatment and that he’d be ready to go for Game 6 on Thursday night.
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