Hawk, Hahn disagree on Moneyball

Hawk, Hahn disagree on Moneyball
January 29, 2012, 8:16 pm
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On the seminar stage at the Palmer House during SoxFest this weekend, Moneyball was both lambasted and praised.

Hawk Harrelson argued on Saturday that Moneyball was a "fraud" and tore into Billy Beane as a general manager, rhetorically asking how many playoff games those sabermetrically-oriented teams ever won. Hawk further dismissed the book and movie, saying he's neither seen or read the work, but doesn't need to because, as he puts it, it's a bunch of BS.

But on Sunday, assistant general manager Rick Hahn lauded Moneyball, saying he "enjoyed the book very much" as a learning tool. He added that it offered a good insight into how teams find market inefficiencies and run a business. Although, for Hahn, the movie had some inaccuracies, namely in how it didn't mention the A's stout pitching staff from the year.

There's been some consternation over sabermetrics this weekend, with some fans seemingly accusing the White Sox of using them not enough or too much. But, in reality, no team would ever strictly use stats or scouting to make a decision.

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White Sox TalkHahn: "The data has got better than it was 15 years ago. There isn't a club out there that excludes scouting opinion."
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White Sox Talk"It's a peanut butter and jelly issue. You can have both, so why choose one?" Hahn on sabermetrics and scouting. SoxFest
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