How does a major-league baseball team (or a business, or anyone else) with a much smaller budget compete AND win against the BIG money boys? The big dogs?
In 2006, the Oakland A’s had the 6th lowest payroll for players out of 30 teams. Yet they had the 5th-best regular-season record.
Other teams with budgets close to what the A’s had to work with sucked. In 2002, the Athletics became the first team in the 100 plus years of American League baseball to win 20 consecutive games.
Here’s how Billy Beane, the GM for the Oakland A’s did it….
He went against the grain of what the other ball teams did. He had a system for finding and getting undervalued players that other teams overlooked.
His system was based on facts. Not subjective opinions by the “so called” baseball experts.
He found unconventional pitchers, the ones most big league scouts laughed at. He found ball players who could get on base – even though they looked funny or fat. He looked at stats other teams ignored or refused to research.
He set-up his system and trusted it.
He ran with his system when people in his own organization thought he was nuts. He stuck to his guns. Trusted what he believed to be true and ran with it.
In the end, the Oakland A’s won. And they won big.
Do you have the guts to work a system that the numbers say works for the long haul, even if you might catch some grief for it?
Do you have the discipline to stick with it, even when a new fad comes along that looks bright and shiny?
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