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Wednesday, October 13, 2021

A’s VP Billy Beane tips his hand about joining Mets front office

The Oakland A’s vice president is on the Mets’ short list of candidates for a new front office executive. And according to SNY’s John Harper, Beane could be interested in the job.

No idea what Steve Cohen is going to do, but in the last few days I’ve now spoken to two long-time friends of Billy Beane who say he’s very much open to the idea of becoming pres. of bb ops for Mets. Would hire a GM to handle day-to-day duties of the job. We’ll see.

Earlier this month, Beane tried to play dumb about a potential job with the Mets. Per WFAN:

“I don’t even respond to newspaper articles,” Beane said. “It’s all speculation… Normally the process [is] they would call the owner, which is how it goes. And it’s happened in the past. .... I wouldn’t even know, honestly. ... It’s all speculation … For me to worry about this and lend credibility to it, it’s all just press reports.”

Beane and Milwaukee Brewers president David Stearns are said to be atop the short list. Former Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs general manager Theo Epstein already declined to pursue a job with the Mets.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 13, 2021 at 09:28 PM | 7 comment(s)
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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Baseball’s Wall Street-Style Executives Get Titles to Match

Front office mastheads are swollen with key executives. The Dodgers, for instance, have seven vice presidents reporting into Friedman, their president of baseball operations, and 11 members of the department with a director title. Others have followed suit.

“You’re collecting intellectual horsepower that you can leverage to make better decisions,” said the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations, John Mozeliak. “And I think the trick of all this is to keeping that executive team or leadership team engaged because, in the end, you really have one person having to make a decision. But ultimately, you’re having people feel like they do have a voice on that decision tree.”

Clubs are all assembling a cadre of executives, akin to a politician’s cabinet. The common shorthand around the game is to refer to these key decision makers as being “in the room” during deliberations.

“The titles are kind of funny, and they are unique to each organization,” said Red Sox G.M. Brian O’Halloran, who reports to Chaim Bloom, the team’s chief baseball officer. “And honestly, I think to some degree, it doesn’t matter what you call these positions. It’s more about how you operate and how you handle things.”

He added: “Nothing is done unilaterally. It’s all done collaboratively.”

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 28, 2021 at 11:34 AM | 1 comment(s)
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