Jeff Bagwell, the former MLB star is apparently not a big fan of the popular movie ‘Moneyball’ by Brad Pitt, and even goes as far as to say that it’s a ‘farce’. Moneyball has been ranked as one of the best movies of all time, but someone seems to have stated a different opinion about it on Tuesday night. Bagwell currently acts as an announcer for Astros went on a full-on rant about the movie during Tuesday’s broadcast, while calling out the fake aspects of the film.
Bagwell scoffed at the film and said, “I just think Moneyball’s a farce”. “They had the three best pitchers in baseball. You could have stuck anybody out there. My son’s 15-year-old team, they could have been out there with those three pitchers and they get all this hype,” Bagwell grumbled. “I just – I don’t know – whatever.” The movie, Moneyball is one of the best sports movies in Hollywood which stayed in line with the book, for the most of its part.
Jeff Bagwell is not a fan of the popular baseball movie ‘Moneyball’
The movie, Moneyball while taking a few liberties painted the image of the 2002 Oakland Athletics as being more of an underdog than they appear. Not only is Bagwell not a great fan, but during the broadcast on AT&T SportsNet SouthWest ‘audibly groaned and asked if he could comment on it”, as stated on audacy.com.
While Jeff Bagwell stated, “The Braves won for 15 years, with Maddux, Smoltz, and Glavine,” Bagwell said. “Mixed in some other great starters around them, they had to score three runs a game and they won 15 years in a row. Why don’t they call them the Moneyball team?”
Though he did have a fair point, as the movie focuses more on the A’s having Scott Hatteberg, and Chad Bradford on their roster. Bagwell promptly referred to Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito who were absent from the film but were a large part of the success of the film ‘Moneyball’.
The film opted to focus more on the part where Billy Beane’s ability to find hidden gems like Scott Hatteberg and Chad Bradford. Though in the end, the movie ‘Moneyball’ depicts Oakland’s ability to compete in the American League despite having one of the lowest payrolls in all of baseball.