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Wednesday, August 13, 2003
toronto at seattle, 8-12-2003
there is some serious misinformation out there. the mariners broadcasters for some reason were talking about oakland and how they don't steal bases. oh it was because it was the blue jays and ricciardi used to be an a's exec. then the analysis guy says "what if they had a guy who steals 40--50 bases a year with 90% success? do they tell him not to steal?"
never mind that such a player has never existed. there is a simple answer to that question: billy beane is not a moron.
consequences of beane's non-moron status:
1. if he had a guy like that, he would trade him, because speed is overvalued.
2. of course he would let him steal.
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