"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)

Rockies expect Seunghwan Oh back in 2019

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Rockies reliever Seunghwan Oh recently said to the Yonhap News Agency that he wanted to return to South Korea to finish out his career. He has one year and $2.5 million remaining. His 2019 club option became guaranteed when he reached 70 appearances in the 2018 regular season. It sounded like Oh didn’t want to pitch for the Rockies next season. Oh said, “I am a bit exhausted after spending five seasons in Japan and the United States. I feel like I want to return to the KBO while I still have the energy to help the team and pitch in front of home fans. I can’t make this decision alone. I’ll have to speak with my agency about the next season.”

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich has a different sense of the situation, per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Bridich said, “From what we have been told, it was much ado about nothing regarding Oh. His comments to the Korean media were not specifically about 2019. It was more about ending his career there. Our understanding is that he has every intention of honoring his current contract.”

Oh, 36, pitched 68 1/3 innings this past season between the Blue Jays (47 innings) and Rockies (21 1/3). In aggregate, he posted a 2.63 ERA with a 79/17 K/BB ratio in 68 1/3 innings. The Rockies have the bulk of their bullpen returning next year, save for Adam Ottavino who is a free agent.