A’s GM Beane proud of the ‘Moneyball’ legacy



VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Billy Beane’s influence on using baseball statistics and economics in building a team has stretched from the diamond to the silver screen.

He may even help Brad Pitt win an Oscar before he leads the Oakland A’s to a World Series championship.

For Beane, though, the “Moneyball” idea of building winners means more than an association with the A’s and A-list stars. It’s the idea that thinking outside the box — or box score — in any business can not only shake up the status quo, but lead to breakthrough ideas that can revolutionize industries.

A panel on Friday at Villanova University that included Beane, CEO Jeffrey Moorad and senior vice president of baseball operations Omar Minaya of the San Diego Padres, and MSNBC president Phil Griffin discussed “Moneyball’s Impact on Business and Sports.”