In what year did the manager and team depicted in the blockbuster film “Moneyball” finally win their first playoff series?
GM Billy Beane, He is the subject of Michael Lewis’ 2003 book on baseball economics, Moneyball, which was made into a 2011 film starring Brad Pitt as Beane.
They won their first playoff series under Beane in 2006 when they swept the Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series, but were subsequently swept by the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series.
Moneyball is a 2011 American film based on the best-selling book of the same name, following the Real Life story of how Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane built a winning team on a shoestring budget despite baseball’s the-rich-get-richer environment, using overlooked advanced statistics and players to make up the competitive advantage.
Chad Bradford and Jeremy Giambi are depicted as risky newcomers to plug the holes on the roster; in reality, they were already on the team the previous season leading into the 2002 season depicted in the film.
The biggest strength of the winning early-2000’s Oakland A’s teams, including the 2002 squad depicted in the film, was the elite starting rotation headed by three young, homegrown studs: Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito (who won the 2002 Cy Young award). Only Hudson is depicted in the film, and it’s when he starts letting the 11-0 game get away, although during a clubhouse scene you can see the back of an extra playing Barry Zito (recognizable due to his rare “75” uniform number). In addition, the offense sported 2002 MVP Miguel Tejada and a budding star in Eric Chavez (34 HRs each), who are shown but not really featured nor depicted as dangerous sluggers for the otherwise station-to-station offense.