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August 26, 2014

Baseball Therapy

How Billy Beane Built the Royals

by Russell A. Carleton


Yes, I know.

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It’s downright amazing what Billy Beane has done with the Kansas City Royals this year. They play in the sixth-oldest stadium in baseball and in the second-smallest media market. The Royals also play in the same division as the Tigers, who, despite already having two Cy Young Award winners on their staff, traded for David Price. Yet despite these major handicaps, the Royals are in first place in the AL Central.

Billy Beane is a genius! How did he do it? He followed simple sabermetric principles and thought differently about how to build a team. By doing so, he was able to find hidden value to power his team’s run at the playoffs.

The first part is a rather boring, tried-and-true method for building a winner, but it should be pointed out that the Royals' core is homegrown. Aaron Crow, Eric Hosmer, Greg Holland, Billy Butler, Alex Gordon, Yordano Ventura, Kelvin Herrera, and Salvador Perez (get well soon!) were all either signed internationally or drafted by the Royals. And by locking up Alex Gordon to a team-friendly deal early in his career, Beane banked significant value and could add around it. (Gordon is on his way to another six-win season, his third in four years, and is making $10 and $12.5 million this year and next.)

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