Den of Geek
“How can you not be romantic about baseball?” Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane once asked in the book (and later movie) Moneyball.
It’s a legitimate question that comes from a rather curious source. Billy Beane is famous for, if nothing else, trying to remove all the romance from baseball. His system of complex analytics called sabermetrics (adopted from forerunners like Bill James) attempted to remove the human element as much as possible from baseball decision-making.