Update [2007-5-3 16:58:10 by Eric Hz]: No sooner do I catch on to the A's proprietory trade secrets than they throw up a diversion by trading for archetype, Jack Cust - all walks and power.
Christina Kahrl of Baseball Prospectus has a nice article about the LA Angels in this morning's NY Sun. She asks why the Angels don't get any credit for the 21st century success. She partially attributes that lack of recognition to the Angels being without a Moneyball-esque accelerator. I agree. The team also plays the game in ways that the statheads disdain.
What I found interesting is this combo-quote from Angels' manager Mike Scioscia and Ms. Kahrl:
Blah, blah, blah.
What really drew my attention to the quote was some thoughts I have been having regarding the Oakland A's. In April, the teams stole 11 bases after swiping just three in the previous April. Given the A's are always looking for something different in the ways of building a roster (the true Moneyball lesson), I wonder if they have found some statistically-valid relation between SB attempts and wins, CS and wins, "unexpected" SB attempts and wins, time-lagged relationships between wins and SB attempts, etc. If there is something here, it was likely discovered sometime after the 2005 season.
Or the 11 SBs are just a fluke. (FWIW, the monthly SB totals for 2006 were 3, 10, 14, 12, 7, 13.)