Jackie Robinson and Moneyball

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According to Jackie Robinson,” A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives” (Horn, 3). He changed baseball in the United States and became a leader and role model for many young African Americans when he started playing major league baseball. Like Robinson, Billy Beane is forced to examine new options to populate his baseball team when the Oakland A’s are sold and the new management drastically cuts his budget. Both men relied on their own strength and understanding to inspire people and change the course of the great American pastime: baseball. Billy Beane’s or the Moneyball’s theory is basically that of the stock market: "sell high, buy low." This was meant to expand on the logic behind some of his other deals. If they bought low the team could save money. Also by buying low this included taking on board players that are young and eager to get paid any salary. Selling players at a high price that they purchased for a lower price is making money. Billy saw the same capabilities of patience, efficiency and control of players that the other people with management didn’t. This was his strong point and he motivated the rest of the major leagues to kick off their own version of this theory by being stubborn and sticking to his guns. Jackie Robinson became a player of the major leagues in 1947, playing for the Boston Red Sox and the last team of the 16 teams that became integrated. You must imagine the strain of not having any friends on the team or fans in the crowd, facing discrimination by his very own teammates during practices and games. Jackie was done wrong by receiving bad calls by the umpires also such as: outs, fouls, and being hit by pitches. Yet, his concentration was never broken by the ugly words and actions of others. Robinson’s spur, inspiration, and encouragement reached other African Americans intensely. Billy Beane and

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