Sunday, April 22, 2012

The Aussie Oakland Athletics

During the last week the Oakland Athletics Baseball Club has gone from having one Australian on their major league roster to three, as the A's General Manager Billy Beane is playing some wise "Moneyball" with Aussies. Richard Thompson joins the bullpen from the Angels and Luke Hughes comes to the team from the Twins, and is a possible contender for the starting third base job. Grant Balfour joined the A's in 2011 and he is currently the closing pitcher for the team. This will result in the total number of Australians to have played for the A's, to date, to be four with Chris Snelling having played there for part of the 2007 season. The A's will certainly be followed closely by the baseball faithful in Australia.

For all my books please refer to these links:

Brennan Cooper

The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento

The Tourist

Boomerang Baseball

Aussies in the Majors

Aussie Baseball Musings

Henning's Story from 1979 to 1999: A Memoir of Ideas and Inspirations

Aussie World Baseball Classic Experiences from 2006 to 2017

All books also available from United States Amazon

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Moneyball

Moneyball is based on true events, and provides valuable insight regarding the on-field and off-field dynamics of the Oakland A's Major League Baseball Club. This film has the capacity to engage viewers who are familiar or unfamiliar with the sport, based on the avant-garde approach to managing resources that is utilised by Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), which any person in business can appreciate. The narrative is also inspiring, as the viewer is presented with what seems like impossible circumstances for the A's to be successful, yet through innovative thinking high performance is achieved. Brad Pitt provides a solid performance, as does the entire cast, and the viewer is entertained with plenty of humour and quality drama. This movie is a win for baseball, as it has the capacity to introduce new people to the game from all over the world. Please refer to this link to purchase a copy of Moneyball.

For all my books please refer to these links:

Brennan Cooper

The American Dream: From Perth to Sacramento

The Tourist

Boomerang Baseball

Aussies in the Majors

Aussie Baseball Musings

Henning's Story from 1979 to 1999: A Memoir of Ideas and Inspirations

Aussie World Baseball Classic Experiences from 2006 to 2017

All books also available from United States Amazon