'Moneyball' examines the Oakland A's changed baseball
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Published: 1/4/2012 6:15 PM
Print this article The 2002 season for the Oakland Athletics is famous among baseball fans for the unique way the team won more than 100 games, and the now-legendary story recently came to the big screen in "Moneyball." Based off a popular non-fiction book, the new release DVD hits shelves January 10.
Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) faced a dilemma in the 2001 offseason. Tasked with finding replacements for departing stars but given limited funds, he had to find a way to stay competitive the following year. Eventually, Beane meets economist Peter Brand (Jonah Hill), who has devised a new and unusual way to evaluate players.
With nowhere else to turn, Beane takes Brand's style to heart and eventually signs a rag-tag team together. Though the team's manager, Art Howe (Phillip Seymour Hoffman), is skeptical at first, when the team starts to rattle off wins it changes baseball forever.
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