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Cartoon Bill James

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Fresh off his attempt at legitimizing an unattractive porn star, director Steven Soderbergh’s next feat will reportedly be to give baseball stats guru Bill James the Roger Rabbit treatment in a film adaptation of the best-selling book Moneyball.

Huh?

That Soderbergh is adapting the non-fiction book about the A’s use of statistics to outsmart bigger and more wealthy teams into a flm in the first place with Brad Pitt starring as Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane is enough of a head scratcher alone. Recent news of the father of Sabermetrics being turned into some kind of a CGI “oracle” is utterly confounding.

For some reason, I keep picturing that annoying cartoon Microsoft Word  paper clip or a little Bill James genie appearing in a puff of smoke with the grating sound those info bubbles used to make on VH1’s pop-up video.

Hopefully I’m wrong since I probably represent the core audience of OPS (on-base plus slugging)-loving stat nerd fans a film of this nature should be trying to reach.

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