Before words like parity and sabermetrics and "wild-card playoff teams" entered the MLB lexicon, there was Billy Bean and Moneyball. Faced with the prospects of cutting an already-small market budget in 2002, Oakland Athletics GM Bean (Brad Pitt) — with the help of Jonah Hill as assistant GM Peter Brand — implemented the sabermetric philosophy that is widely recognized in the sport a decade later. Based on one of the best baseball books of all time, Bean's team of has-beens and nobodies makes it to two-straight AL Championship series, falling just short of the World Series in both. Making Moneyball the best baseball movie about never winning it all.
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