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 result was a new way of looking at players and positions that has changed the way the game is played.

Still, there's no truth to the rumor Jonah Hill is going to be the next Orioles general manager.

Scouts dishonored

Mike Berardino

Sun Sentinel

I read Michael Lewis' 2003 best-seller about the A's and Billy Beane's gift for exploiting market inefficiencies. I liked most of it.

What I'll never be able to accept is the way Lewis' book — now a movie — marginalized and mocked baseball scouts and their contributions.

No spreadsheet helped Beane assemble the pitching trinity of Mark Mulder (drafted second overall in 1998), Barry Zito (ninth overall in '99) and Tim Hudson (sixth round in'97, before Beane took over).

That was a stroke of good fortune and a tribute to scouting intuition.

The best organizations (Red Sox, Rays and Rangers) blend Bill Jamesian statistical evaluation with traditional scouting. You must have both in today's game.

Concept is lacking

Phil Rogers

Chicago Tribune