Oakland As general manager Billy Beanes successful attempt to assemble a baseball team on a lean budget by employing computer-generated analysis to acquire new players.
Oakland As GM Billy Beane is handicapped with the lowest salary constraint in baseball. If he ever wants to win the World Series, Billy must find a competitive advantage. Billy is about to turn baseball on its ear when he uses statistical data to analyze and place value on the players he picks for the team.
In 2001, General Manager Billy Beanes Oakland As lose to the Yankees in the playoffs then lose three stars to free agency. How can Beane field a competitive team when the As player salaries total less than a third of the rich teams? To the consternation of his scouts, Beane hires and listens to Peter Brand, a recent Yale grad who evaluates players using Bill James statistical approach. Beane assembles a team of no names who, on paper, can get on base and score runs. Then, Beanes manager, Art Howe, wont use the players as Beane wants. Can Beane circumvent Howe, win games, make it to the 2002 Series, and stand baseballs hidebound conventions on their heads?