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Saturday, Aug 07, 2004
"Before Moneyball, the mainstream more or less ignored sabermetrics. Those who brought up statistics were dismissed as roto-geeks; the game couldn't be boiled down to numbers, and if these losers would get their heads out of their spreadsheets and actually watch a game, they'd know that.
But now, as Moneyball showed everyone, they're on the inside, taking over some of the game's most prominent franchises, and what's more, they've been successful. Sabermetrics no longer belongs to fringe outsiders, it's part of the game. Sabermetric teams are still a minority, but it is firmly entrenched, and likely to spread."