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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Slusser: Billy Beane named Executive of the Year

dr. scott points out…“Most interesting part is Susan Slusser, the new head of the BBWAA, taking shots at the trolls in the comments… fun stuff!”

A’s general manager Billy Beane has been named the Sporting News’ Major League Baseball Executive of the Year for the second time, and Beane’s manager, Bob Melvin, said, “It’s not a surprise. Everyone this was a lock. Billy had an amazing year, and it was all year long, from the offseason trades he made all the way through the season. He nailed it, the whole year.”

Beane’s team had the lowest payroll in the league, at $55 million. He traded away three All-Star pitchers last winter, and expectations for the team weren’t just low, they were dismal. As it turns out, though, those offseason deals brought in key pieces such as outfielder Josh Reddick, starters Jarrod Parker and Tommy Milone and reliever Ryan Cook.

...“There was no move too small if it could increase productivity,” Melvin said, citing the regular swapping out of backup infielders to get the one swinging the bat best at the time, from Adam Rosales to Eric Sogard to Brandon Hicks. “All those subtle things worked. It was an amazing year – I can’t remember a better one by a general manager.”

The A’s won the AL West on the final day of the season, providing one of baseball’s best storylines. They fell to Detroit in the division series, but Oakland had to open on the road, despite having the better record, and also had to face Justin Verlander twice in the five-game series.

Repoz Posted: November 08, 2012 at 10:11 PM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: November 08, 2012 at 10:45 PM (#4298620)
and also had to face Justin Verlander

to which the SF Giants say piffle!
   2. chrisisasavage Posted: November 09, 2012 at 02:58 AM (#4298695)
And yet his #### STILL doesn't work in the playoffs. The Giants winning 2 of 3 should be enough proof of the crap-shoot of the playoffs, but the gas bags have to insist it's a "story line". Sure they've been good, but it's still crazy-random-luck.
   3. dr. scott Posted: November 09, 2012 at 09:05 AM (#4298732)
This was one of Slussers comments...

I was waiting to get something extra, to make this more like, you know, the BLOG that it is, rather than re-writing a press release. Once I got Melvin, I posted it.

Seriously, news is outdated now if you read it elsewhere first? Other outlets had it before the CC Times. So apparently you were reading already outdated news.

Sheesh. Again, this is just extra work for me. It's not paid. Feel free to go elsewhere for your news - I try to provide a little more when I can than just the basic three sentences off the Sporting News release.


Basically someone complained this was old news.... She continues on in the replies to this one... Sounds like she was having a bad day...

Oh yea, why did beane win this last year?
   4. Justin T drives a crooked hoss Posted: November 09, 2012 at 11:26 AM (#4298831)
It was a stupid comment by the person. Maybe not worth the writer dignifying with a response. But her responses are completely correct.
   5. dr. scott Posted: November 09, 2012 at 11:35 AM (#4298841)
Agreed, but every artifice on SFgate has someone complaining about that. I was surprised to see Slusser rise to the bait, and entertained as well. I have no complaints.
   6. Danny Posted: November 09, 2012 at 11:45 AM (#4298851)
“There was no move too small if it could increase productivity,” Melvin said, citing the regular swapping out of backup infielders to get the one swinging the bat best at the time, from Adam Rosales to Eric Sogard to Brandon Hicks. “All those subtle things worked. It was an amazing year – I can’t remember a better one by a general manager.”

Weird example, as that was pretty much the only thing that didn't work out. All of the utility infielders were awful.
   7. dr. scott Posted: November 09, 2012 at 01:52 PM (#4299023)
I think Sogard had like a week where he was not dreadfull... that must be what hes refering to.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: November 09, 2012 at 04:38 PM (#4299201)
Ya gotta remember that, until the 2nd half of this year, "swinging a hot bat" in Oakland equated to about a 620 OPS.

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