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Future MLB general managers: Eight candidates who could eventually become your favorite team’s next GM

4. Billy Owens, director of player personnel and assistant general manager, Oakland Athletics

If you read “Moneyball” then you might remember how Michael Lewis introduced Owens by writing that he was “what you’d get if you hammered Shaquille O’Neal with a pile driver until he stood six foot two.” That’s not a particularly kind way of describing someone, which is too bad because Owens is regarded throughout the league as a quality human being. He’s a baseball lifer, too, having racked up the miles as a minor-league player, coach, scout and so on. Within the industry, he’s considered one of the favorites for the Mets job if and when it becomes available.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 15, 2020 at 11:19 AM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. asinwreck Posted: October 15, 2020 at 11:37 AM (#5983128)
Based on the backgrounds of the people running the remaining postseason teams, I'd list any eight people who have worked with Andrew Friedman in either Tampa Bay or Los Angeles.
   2. Rally Posted: October 15, 2020 at 11:48 AM (#5983133)
The Billy Owens I remember was 6-9. Definitely no Shaq, but had a solid NBA career. He was a PA guy, I remember him destroying my high school team in some tournament game.
   3. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: October 15, 2020 at 12:26 PM (#5983141)
 2. Rally Posted: October 15, 2020 at 11:48 AM (#5983133)
The Billy Owens I remember was 6-9. Definitely no Shaq, but had a solid NBA career. He was a PA guy, I remember him destroying my high school team in some tournament game.


I remember him for breaking up Run TMC back when I was growing up in the East Bay.
   4. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: October 15, 2020 at 12:37 PM (#5983145)
I guess the ship has sailed on Kim Ng.
   5. puck Posted: October 15, 2020 at 12:47 PM (#5983146)
Billy Owens was one of several "next Magic Johnsons."

I thought folks were over that since the NBA is a different game now, but apparently it still happens. Makes more sense its a Michigan State recruit though.
   6. Rally Posted: October 15, 2020 at 02:01 PM (#5983169)
I assume this is the baseball Billy Owens

Full name William General Owens. He should have gone with the middle name. 1) to distinguish himself from the more famous athlete of the same name and 2) If he went by General Owens then he would definitely have secured a leadership role by now.
   7. asinwreck Posted: October 15, 2020 at 03:11 PM (#5983203)
I remember him for breaking up Run TMC back when I was growing up in the East Bay.

That was the most entertaining Warriors team between Rick Barry and Steph Curry. Yeah, I was sad about that trade, especially since I liked Mitch Richmond so much and he then had to play in Sacramento.
   8. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: October 15, 2020 at 06:04 PM (#5983233)
That was the most entertaining Warriors team between Rick Barry and Steph Curry. Yeah, I was sad about that trade, especially since I liked Mitch Richmond so much and he then had to play in Sacramento.


Not to turn this into an NBA thread, but the Baron Davis team was probably more entertaining, no?
   9. asinwreck Posted: October 15, 2020 at 07:57 PM (#5983262)
Davis's Warriors beating the Mavs in the playoffs was a lot of fun, but Don Nelson's first go-round with Golden State stuck out in an era marked by hands-on defense. (I mean, this happened. As did this loss.) Plus, they had Šarūnas Marčiulionis as the first major Eastern European import in the NBA. That Run-TMC team was the first time since the disastrous Joe Barry Carroll-Robert Parrish/Kevin McHale trade that the organization had an idea of how to put together a team. It may not have been the kind of team that would make it to the Finals, but it was so much fun to watch. (And I say this as a Bulls fan.)
   10. Rally Posted: October 16, 2020 at 02:24 PM (#5983369)
Completely agree with #9. Who else but Don Nelson would look at the problem of how to keep Manute Bol from killing your offense, and decide to make him a 3 point shooter?

Well, every coach in the current NBA. But in 1988, only Don Nelson would try stuff like that.
   11. SoSH U at work Posted: October 16, 2020 at 05:32 PM (#5983406)
But in 1988, only Don Nelson would try stuff like that.


It was a few years past 1988, but the coach of the other team in asinwreck's links would have been quite open to it. Nelly's Warriors were a rather buttoned-down unit compared with Westhead's Nuggets.
   12. The importance of being Ernest Riles Posted: October 17, 2020 at 05:09 PM (#5983554)
9, you've convinced me. Good call Sarunas, too. House band Zasu Pitts added to fun.

In those days if they scored 120+ everyone in the stands would get a voucher for a round table personal pan pizza. We'd root hard for the pizza, even when they lost by like 135-120 (not sure my memory is 100% accurate).

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