Apricot has compared Moneyball/sabremetrics to having an index fund in the stock market. Considering that the stock market goes up over the long term, index funds, if I am not wrong, take advantage of that long term growth and minimize risk, by spreading the risk over many companies or areas of investment.
However, can such funds make you rich, unless you invest lots o' money? I think not---yes, it might bring you a nice nest egg and move you (or your family, over the generations) slowly from, say, the lower middle class to the middle middle class.
Can A's baseball be looked at this way? Unfortunately, yes. The A's are successful, of course, but they generally don't get the brass ring. They are, if Apricot is to be believed, a relatively low-risk team. So---will we have to wait years and years to get to the World Series---the Holy Grail of baseball? In my view, no. But only if one or two things happen---all of our players have great years all at the same time and/or we find a way to take some risks.
Perhaps next year the first thing will happen---and, if some other posters are correct and running has suddenly become a priority at the A level of our minor league teams, the second may happen as well. Let's hope the confluence of the planets are just right and these things happen together or very close together.
I see good things ahead. Karnac speaks!