Re: Clint Eastwood Hated Moneyball so much...
I have mixed feelings on both the book and the movie.
On the movie, I found it well done and enjoyable from an entertainment perspective. The baseball part of me thought it was ridiculous that you could do a movie on the 2002 Oakland A's and not even allude to the fact they had the 2002 AL MVP & 2002 CY Young award winner.
The book and the concept of the book I thought was really interesting where a team looks at a completely different way of doing things in order to attempt to balance an uneven playing field. On the flip, even at the time I thought the book was written with certain level of arrogance as if the Moneyball approach was an absolute lock and they were the smartest guys in the room. In retrospective looking at the results of their 2002 draft along with their badmouting of high school pitchers like Cole Hammels it looks even more ridiculous.
Granted the 2002 draft was not really strong one but consider this:
Oakland A's 2002 (7) first round draft picks Career WAR: 25.6
Reds 2002 draft pick Joey Votto Career WAR: 25.2