Houston Astros’ assistant general manager Brandon Taubman ’07 is under fire after making seemingly pointed remarks to three female reporters on Saturday night regarding a player on his pennant-winning ball club who previously violated Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy.
In 2003, Michael Lewis published a book that would cause sweeping changes throughout baseball — Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game. This book, a bible among the most die-hard baseball fans, opened the eyes of many front office executives to the world of statistical analysis.
Weaver, Verlander and Drew were all projected to go higher in the draft, but would have been significantly more expensive. Ownership decided that it wasn’t in the budget to draft a more expensive player, and requested for the front office to make the most cost-effective selection.