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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Neyer: HAS THE VAUNTED OAKLAND A’S FRONT OFFICE BECOME TOO INSULAR FOR ITS OWN GOOD?

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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