Where is Billy Beane? Now That We Really Need Him.

Billy Beane was the Manager of the Oakland Athletics, made famous by Michael Lewis in his best seller, Moneyball. The Oakland A’s were a low budget team and Beane could not compete for the high-priced players available to the New York Yankees and other big money operations. He learned to measure success differently and to go after players who were undervalued by his peers. His strategies won until others copied them.

Moneyball was made into a movie based on two sources of tension. Would the strategy work? This could have been determined with a Google search. (It did almost to the end.) Would Beane be able to overcome the entrenched attitudes of the “experts” who ran baseball teams?

Is there something to consider here?

The Democrats and Republicans have run largely similar strategies to elect members of their parties at every level of government from the presidency to the local school boards. In each case, the basic theme is to throw money at knocking the stuffing out of their opponent because whatever funds are needed can be raised with a “selling fear” sales pitch.

As we near the end of this campaign and the beginning of the next one on November 7, might there be a Billy Beane approach to politics?

The same questions would likely apply.

Would it win? (Googling the answer will not work yet.)

Would such an approach be able to overcome the entrenched attitudes of the “experts” who run campaigns?

Are you busy Billy?

2 Responses to “Where is Billy Beane? Now That We Really Need Him.”

Richard Meyer, October 20, 2012 at 5:37 am said:

The system is totally broken. Let’s go back to the seasoned party pros selecting the candidates; they know them a lot better than do primary voters, and it would save a lot of money.


bill gordon, October 20, 2012 at 6:15 am said:

I’m not as concerned by the process of campaigning as I am the diminishing number of quality people aspiring to serve in the process of governing. This may be a “chicken/egg” syndrome but attracting principled candidates to the races from both parties could reign in the managers and consultants to stop the nonsense.

Ask the highly qualified people you know why they won’t run for office and you may find it’s not so much the campaining as the unwillingness to serve in the frustrating governing process.

Can Billy Beane fix that?


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