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ROY Andrew Bailey Just the Latest Product of Oakland Athletics’ Closer Factory

Let’s be honest; Moneyball hasn’t quite worked out over the last few years.

The Oakland Athletics had gone 457-353 under Billy Beane’s leadership when Moneyball was published after the 2002 season. They continued their success for the next four years, going 368-280, but have gone just 226-260 since 2007.

Players Beane maligned in the book—Carlos Peña and Prince Fielder, for example—have emerged as superstars . Meanwhile, the most successful of the prospects he lauded are Nick Swisher and Mark Teahen.

That Rajai Davis was allowed to steal 41 bases this year is p...

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