Oakland Athletics: Have the Athletics' abandoned the Moneyball strategy?

Today, it seems the Oakland Athletics have abandoned the Moneyball Strategy that gave them much attention and fans. Now, it seems they are committed to a rebuild that they shouldn't even be doing.
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The Oakland Athletics' have profited off the "Moneyball" name in recent history, but they have completely ditched the model, and its quite disgraceful. The "Moneyball" stragey is when you acquire talent, that is deeply undervalued, that can reach base often and that can pitch, while limiting walks and not giving up many base runners.

The Athletics in 2002, had players like David Justice, Scott Hatteberg, Mark Ellis and Miguel Tejada who all had a on-base percentage of more then .350, but today they only have one which is Ryan Noda, the closest to him has a .324 which two more players on the 2002 had a higher on-base percentage.

In 2002 the Athletics pitchers ate innings with four having more then 192 Innings pitched, today they have JP Sears, who might throw 170 at most and Ken Waldichuk is second with 130.

Then versus Now "Moneyball Players"

The "Moneyball" Athletics' were focused on reaching base and not about hitting too much for power, but today it seems the exact opposite as they have two players with more then 150 strikeouts and three with more then 100, with Seth Brown and Esteury Ruiz most likely going to also strikeout 100 times in 2023. The 2002 Athletics' had two and both of them could hold an average over .250 and on-base percentage over .333.

Today the only "Moneyball" type players on the Athletics are Tony Kemp, Zack Gelof and maybe Ryan Noda and at best they have one "Moneyball" pitcher which would be JP Sears, but he is just a bad pitcher, but he does eat those innings.

Conclusion: Is Moneyball Dead?

Moneyball for the Oakland Athletics is dead, they no longer care it seems and when they try to sign this "underrated talent" they sign players like Jace Peterson and Aledmys Diaz with only Peterson somewhat being a "Moneyball" player. Moneyball may be dead in Oakland, but the Tampa Bay Rays are probably the closet team to resembling the 2002 Athletics.


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