A trading lesson with A’s GM Billy Beane at the Winter Meetings

Matt Grassie
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You may think because you've seen the movie Moneyball that you understand the ins and outs of the Oakland A's front office. Brad Pitt did a fantastic job portraying Billy Beane, the team's mercurial general manager, and Aaron Sorkin's script was very successful in conveying the science of sabermetrics. But the process of evaluating and acquiring baseball players is done by the entire front office. The real test of a skilled GM is in the art of the trade, so CSNBayArea's Ahmed Fareed tested Beane's mettle ... with items from the hotel lobby's vending machine.

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