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Thursday, October 25, 2012
A Q&A with Billy Beane.
Bleszinski: It’s interesting in thinking about how the A’s seasons have gone, especially when you were competing for playoff position regularly. You always seemed to have a lot of slow starts where everyone writes you off and then you come on as the season progresses. That was how this team was too. Is that just coincidence?
Beane: 2001 was just like that. We acquired Jermaine (Dye) at the deadline. I’ve always viewed the season in parts. When you start the season, you really are mostly just assessing what you have and who your competition is. One of the things we really did was micromanage the roster this season with changes. Susan Slusser had a great line and I might not get it exactly right but we had to do so many things on the fly that we were able to successfully put people in positions where they would succeed. Josh Donaldson is a converted catcher playing third base. (Cliff) Pennington comes in as a shortstop and finishes as the second baseman. (Sean) Doolittle starts out as a first baseman and now he’s one of our primary set up men. Brandon Moss had never played first base and he ends up as our first baseman.