De Podesta and Beane exemplified all four elements of Computational thinking during this process.
De Podesta decomposed their current situation, the elements of success in baseball every player in MLB to a series of statistical value.
Beane identified statistical patterns, sequences and structures that occurred in winning baseball teams.
They abstracted opinion and discounted irrelevant data which that is unproven in influencing wins and losses in baseball.
De Podesta created an algorithm for success based upon statistical data and salary which reinvented the Oakland A’s team and still fit well within their salary limit.
Oakland started the season poorly under a cloud of criticism from all corners of the baseball world. Outwardly it appeared as if Oakland traded or dumped their most treasured players and replaced them with trash.
Amidst early mounting losses and criticism both Beane and De Podesta believed they had done their research and stood by their formula for success.
To cut a long story short the Oakland A’s started to become the team which Beane and Depodesta envisioned even though they were in the eyes of many nothing more than a washed up, rag tag B league team.
They went on the longest winning streak in professional baseball in a century (20 games) and finished atop their division with a win loss record of 103-59. This was exceptional when considering they had a losing record over the first third of the season.
They did not win the championship in 2002 but the Boston Redsox adopted Beane and DePodesta’s “moneyball” approach in 2003 and won the ultimate prize in 2004.
Beane was offered the highest paying contract in sports amangement in 2003 by the Boston Redsox which he turned down. He is still the GM of the Oakland Athletics.
DePodesta has moved around multiple U.S sporting teams and even leagues to share his Computational Thinking approach to winning and losing which is valued by nearly every major professional sport as an essential element for accountability and success.