Don't be surprised if the team on-base percentage of Tarbut V'Torah's baseball team makes a significant jump next season.
Brent Dohling is the high school baseball coach at TVT, a Jewish Community Day School in Irvine with about 150 students. He also had a small part in the movie "Moneyball" starring Brad Pitt, Dohling playing the part of Oakland A's second baseman Mark Ellis.
The entire idea of "Moneyball" stemmed from A's general manager Billy Beane's attempts to get more out of a limited payroll and compete with the big-spending teams like the Yankees.
"I related to the Moneyball philosophy," Dohling said. "We're a small school trying to turn the program around. We've got 70-75 [male students in the entire school] to choose from and build it into something so we can compete at a higher level."
The Moneyball philosophy puts an emphasis on on-base percentage and slugging percentage, while moving away from stats like batting average and stolen bases to evaluate players. So for Dohling, who expects to have maybe 13 or 14 boys go out for baseball next spring, it's all about doing more with less.