Originally Posted by Don Cameron
I guess it is ONE base metric to evaluate talent, but when I read Moneyball, it seemed to me that the crux was to find players that performed like a veteran player (ideally knowing hoe to play the game) and not relying on the five tool Beane-esque players, because the A's could not afford the free agents. In the end, what made Beane a genius was Hudson, Mulder, Zito along with Tejada and Giambi. What made Epstein successful was Schilling, Martinez then Beckett and ManRam + Big Papi. Any manager will have success with those players. Epstein and Beane did not win championships because Scott Hatteberg and Kevin Youkilis.
Kiss the ring
Moneyball is not sabermetrics.
No team is going to win without superstars or at least guys who play like superstars in a given year. You can't win without those guys. If you have a team full of league average guys, you are going to in 80 games. You need stars. Most teams have one. The real good teams have multiple ones.