"Moneyball" wasn't a failure; in fact it worked too well

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The other day, ESPN’s Howard Bryant wrote an article calling the A’s “Moneyball” strategies a failure as a result of the A’s, um, recent failures.

Yesterday, Ilya Somin at The Volokh Conspiracy discredited the discrediting, arguing that, if anything, Moneyball worked too well for
the A’s, and that the “Moneyball” approach to things (i.e. seek out
market inefficiencies and exploit them) are still viable. She uses law
school faculty recruitment and law school U.S. News ratings to make her
case.

Hardcore sabermetic types will find this an old story, but it’s an
interesting read if you’re at all into the whole Moneyball thing or if
you give a hoot about law school stuff and/or economics.

(thanks to reader Bob Tufts for the heads up)

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.