At the risk of alienating most of my subscribers, I’m going to admit that I’m a huge Red Sox and Patriots fan. Hey, I’m from Massachusetts so you can’t really blame me. If it helps, my wife is a Yankees and Giants fan. :)
The reason I bring that up is because of the way those two teams are managed – strictly by the numbers. They aren’t flashy like a lot of other professional teams who pay top dollar to bring on the superstar athletes. Instead, the Red Sox and Patriots roster is full of names you’ve probably never heard of. Even Tom Brady was originally a “no name” drafted 199th overall.
If you saw the movie Moneyball, then you’ll remember Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland A’s in 2002, was one of the pioneers of this new type of managing style. Billy didn’t have the cash to buy the superstars, but he did have something that’s arguably more important. He had an analytical process to evaluate athletes’ performance to find diamonds in the rough. In a modern day David vs. Goliath, Billy outsmarted his larger competition and the Oakland A’s almost ran the table in 2002.