Beane brings "Moneyball" approach to MLS

January 3, 2008
By Jeff Carlisle, ESPNsoccernet
When Oakland A's owner Lew Wolff exercised his option to bring an MLS franchise back to San Jose, the once scorned fan base celebrated like the French when Lindbergh landed. But after the din subsided, the news that A's vice president and general manager Billy Beane would have some involvement with the revived franchise began to trickle out, leading to the inevitable question: Will Beane bring his "Moneyball" approach to MLS? The answer is an unequivocal "yes," and far from being the stuff of science ...

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