First baseball movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) since Field of Dreams twenty-two years earlier.
Brad Pitt appeared in two movies that were both nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award (Oscar) in 2012. Pitt starred in both this movie and The Tree of Life.
During pre-production, director of photography Adam Kimmel was arrested in Connecticut on sexual assault and weapons and explosives possession charges. He was replaced by Wally Pfister.
Several of the actors playing the ballplayers have baseball experience. Casey Bond spent time in the Giants' organization, Stephen Bishop played for three years during the '90s (including one season where he played with David Justice, who he portrays in the film), Royce Clayton played 17 years in MLB and Derrin Ebert played five games for the Braves in 1999.
David Justice is played by Stephen Bishop, a former pro baseball player. Bishop was a career Minor Leaguer, and as a Braves prospect was nicknamed Young Justice due to his physical resemblance and similar playing style to David Justice.
Notable film maker Spike Jonze makes a guest appearance starring as Alán, the socially awkward partner to Billy Beane's (Brad Pitt's) ex-wife in the film.