Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Moneyball" to Hit Big Screen

It had been in discussion for a while, but now it's official. Michael Lewis' popular book that documented A's GM Billy Beane and opened the baseball worlds eyes to a different way to scouting and implement baseball stats. It's a little surprising that the movie is actually making it to the big screen, appearing that it would only appeal to baseball enthusiasts. However, it looks like Brad Pitt is in line to play Beane and it's supposedly lined up to have an all-star cast, so it should be interesting to see how it turns out.

I found it interesting that a bunch of former players, coaches and scouts are all signed on to themselves. Of those who have already agreed are former A's first basmen Scott Hatteberg, former A's Manager Art Howe and former pitching coach Rick Peterson. For some reason, I have a hard time believing Peterson and Howe are going to be very good, but they're just being asked to do something they're very familiar with, so they might just pull it off. A firm date hasn't been set for an opening, but they are going to start filming this summer and I'm guessing we'll be seeing "Moneyball" in theatres sometime late next year. Regardless, it should be more interesting than the product that the current 20-30 Oakland A's are trotting out there night in and night out.

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