'Moneyball' not on Leyland's must-see list

'Moneyball' not on Leyland's must-see list

'Moneyball' not on Leyland's must-see list
OAKLAND -- It's impossible to sit through a game at Oakland Coliseum without being inundated by reminders that the movie "Moneyball" opens next Friday in theaters. The A's, in fact, will be giving away "Moneyball" T-shirts to celebrate on Sunday. It does not sound like many Tigers plan on checking it out.

Manager Jim Leyland said his wife might go, but it won't be with him.

Leyland did not read the book, though his wife did. He has heard plenty about the philosophies behind it. He was asked about the topic Saturday morning, and while he has a well-earned image as an old-school manager, he has a use for specialized statistics.

The difference, he said, is that he emphasizes different stats than those who follow the Moneyball philosophy.

"I respect baseball people, and I respect [A's general manager] Billy Beane, but I'm not a big on-base percentage guy," he said. "I just happen to be a slugging-percentage guy. If you look at my team right now, who makes our money? [Miguel] Cabrera, [Victor] Martinez, they make a lot.

"I don't want to sound disrespectful, because I am [respectful]. I think it's a nice concept, and I'm sure there's very intelligent stuff. But, like I said, I'm a slugging-percentage guy."

Tigers president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said he has read the book, and understands the strong opinions it created on both sides.