(Fixes typo in first paragraph, remove extraneous words in final paragraph) By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN, Nov 6 (Reuters) – For most of his 40 years spent analysing and writing about baseball, Bill James, the godfather of the sport’s data-driven “Moneyball” movement, was an outcast. This week the 65-year-old Boston Red Sox advisor shared the stage with technology CEOs a third his age at Europe’s largest tech conference, Dublin’s Web Summit, watching on as sport was acknowledged as being a part of their world. “It’s absolutely amazing. …

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By Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) – For most of his 40 years spent analyzing and writing about baseball, Bill James, the godfather of the sport’s data-driven “Moneyball” movement, was an outcast. This week the 65-year-old Boston Red Sox advisor shared the stage with technology CEOs a third his age at Europe’s largest tech conference, Dublin’s Web Summit, watching on as sport was acknowledged as being a part of their world. “It’s absolutely amazing. …

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers are busy revamping their front office, adding general manager Farhan Zaidi and three more hires in just more than three weeks since Andrew Friedman took over as president of baseball operations.

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AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – The death of former Major League Baseball pitcher Brad Halsey, who fell off a cliff near his central Texas home last week, appears to have been an accident, police said on Thursday. Halsey, 33, who played with the New York Yankees, Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics during his three-year major league career, died last Friday in the fall off the 100-foot cliff near New Braunfels, Texas. “Right now, it looks like an accident,” said Captain Tommy Ward with the Comal County Sheriff’s Office. Ward added the case was still under investigation. …

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers have hired Farhan Zaidi as general manager and Josh Byrnes as senior vice president, baseball operations.

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This is not the first time the Kansas City Royals have been in trouble this season. A .500 team after 100 games, the Royals turned it on down the stretch to earn their first playoff berth in 29 years. Down four runs in the eighth inning of the AL wild-card game, Kansas City rallied to force extra innings and then overcame another deficit in the 12th before beating the Oakland Athletics. Now, after being blanked 5-0 by San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner on Sunday night, the Royals find themselves on the brink of elimination again as they head home trailing 3-2 in the World Series.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to hire Oakland Athletics assistant GM Farhan Zaidi as the club’s new general manager, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said.

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The message from Joe Torre shown on the video board at AT&T Park was clear and direct: ”When in doubt, sit it out.” From the World Series to the NFL, from hockey to youth sports, concussions are a major topic at all levels of athletics. They shaped part of the postseason for the San Francisco Giants – first baseman Brandon Belt returned from one, backup catcher Hector Sanchez didn’t. Torre, the former catcher and Hall of Fame manager who’s now a Major League Baseball executive, taped public-service announcements that appeared at ballparks in October, reiterating that head injuries need to be checked. The wild-card Oakland Athletics lost catcher John Jaso and outfielder Craig Gentry before the playoffs because of concussion effects.

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Oct 29 (Reuters) – Factbox on the San Francisco Giants, who won Major League Baseball’s World Series for the third time in five seasons on Wednesday. Manager: Bruce Bochy Stadium: AT&T Park World Series titles: 8 (2014, 2012, 2010, *1954, *1933, *1922, *1921, *1905) 2014 regular season record: 88-74 Most regular season home runs: 22 (Buster Posey) Most regular season wins by a pitcher: 18 (Madison Bumgarner) How they won the World Series: Beat Pittsburgh Pirates in one-game wild-card showdown, beat Washington Nationals 3-1 in National League Division Series, beat St. …

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