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Billy Beane Newsbeat

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Back in 2002 or ‘03—in what might have been my last substantive conversation with him—I asked Beane what he thought about Boston Red Sox management’s apparent intention to build a sort of “baseball brain trust.”
I don’t remember Beane’s exact response. I do remember him suggesting the possibility of “too many cooks stirring the pot.” More than a decade later, Beane seems to feel the same way. “They’re very happy with the people they have,” the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser says, “and Billy likes having a tight little group. It’s just the way they operate…...

I do wonder, though, if Beane is falling behind, not on the field but off it. There’s just so much more data these days, and data needs parsing and parsing needs man- and woman-hours. One can’t help wondering if “a tight little group” just can’t keep up.

a rare example where Betteridge’s law of headlines apparently doesn’t apply

Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: July 16, 2016 at 11:58 AM | 40 comment(s)
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Notes: Oakland needs to refrain from breaking up the band

We’re not selling band t-shirts here.

Oh, Billy Beane could still have his usual deadline fun, moving left-hander Rich Hill (if healthy), third baseman Danny Valencia and reliever John Axford, perhaps even closer Ryan Madson if some team will overpay, maybe a few others.

But it’s time for the Athletics to commit to a direction, going all-in with their veterans who matter most, and allowing that group to serve as a foundation while the team’s next wave of prospects emerges.

The A’s live in no-man’s land. They have no idea if and when they are getting a new ballpark. And while Beane, to his credit, is too competitive to tear down his roster, he’s spinning his wheels with veterans such as Billy Butler and Jed Lowrie.

Beane’s first step should be to extend Reddick, a potential free agent who actually is open to staying in Oakland, given his status as the team’s biggest offensive star.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 27, 2016 at 04:53 PM | 17 comment(s)
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