Well, they were the inspiration for Billy Beane who, in turn, inspired the book and movie. At least that’s what Beane says. Here’s Beane talking at Villanova Law School the other night:
“I was right here in Philadelphia watching the World Series [which the Phils lost to Toronto],” said Beane, who was part of a panel discussing “Moneyball’s Impact on Business and Sports.” “Those ’93 Phillies took a ton of pitches, walked a ton, and scored a ton of runs. That’s when it hit me.”
Which should be awesome because some of the most ardent anti-sabermetrics dudes on this blog are Phillies fans. This is your doing, Chris! Look what your Phillies hath wrought!
But really, the 1993 Phillies were probably not that important in this. Beane would have read Bill James eventually anyway. Or, you know, he could have just listened to his mentor and predecessor Sandy Alderson, who was on to the whole OBP=good thing before 1993. So it’s all good.
(thanks to Jonny 5 for the heads up)