Moneyball, the book, the movie, and the revolutionary strategy, is reportedly a hoax. A source inside the A's front office, speaking on anonymity, said that Billy Beane collaborated with author Michael Lewis to fabricate the story. When asked why Beane would do such a thing, the source replied:
"We needed an advantage. We couldn't outspend the other teams, so we had to innovate. After Moneyball, all the other teams were more focused on bad players that we didn't want. We could go get the players we wanted. Teams started wasting money and time on computer nerds and all that stuff. We needed to level the playing field."
"So Beane and the A's don't actually value analytics? What about on-base percentage (OBP) and other advanced metrics?"
"Oh hell no. We just care about hits. Batting average has been the main hitting metric for decades for a reason. Our scouts have visually confirmed that it's the best predictor of winning percentage. All the nerds are now saying a pitcher's wins don't matter? That they aren't a good metric? Are you kidding me!? You don't make the playoffs by having the highest WHIP or whatever they call it. You make the playoffs by having wins. We want pitchers who can win."
Beane and Lewis declined to comment.
This is a developing story. We hope to have more updates throughout the day.
UPDATE: This was an April Fools' Day joke.