Found February 14, 2012 on Fangraphs:
Even before the theatrical release of Moneyball, Billy Beane‘s actions as Athletics general manager were beginning to come under the microscope more often. This is just what happens to a general manager when his team doesn’t win, and Beane’s hasn’t reached the playoffs (nor sported a winning reco...

What in the world did Billy Beane just do?

Making sense of the shocking Cespedes signing.Click the title to read more.Read more great baseball stuff at The Hardball Times.

Beane making things interesting in Oakland

This is going to be a fun Spring Training for A's general manager Billy Beane and assistant GM David Forst. Can you imagine how they're going to feel as they get their first real look at the players they believe will lead the franchise back into contention in the years ahead?

Yoenis Cespedes’ deal with A’s has Billy Beane written all over it

Billy Beane, general manager of MLB’s Oakland A’s arrives at the gala presentation for the film ‘Moneyball’ at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival September 9, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (CANADA – Tags: ENTERTAINMENT SPORT BASEBALL BUSINESS) Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s shocked the MLB world on Monday when they agreed to a four-year, $36 million contract...

Billy Beane Holds Off On Manny For ‘Pedes

That title is for all of you metrosexual readers, and you thought I’d forget about you.  My apologies to our four girl readers that I didn’t go with the title, “A’s Sign the 4th Yoenis Brother.”  I know how much you love their music.  So the A’s signed Yoenis Cespedes yesterday, the latest Cuban raftee.  Is Cespedes Spanish for six feet?  That’s gotta be a challenge...

Prized free agent Yoenis Cespedes talks about joining the Oakland A’s

It a bit of an out-of-nowhere signing, the Oakland A’s reached a four-year, $36 million deal Monday with Cuban defector and valued free agent Yoenis Cespedes. He shared his thoughts with “I am super happy because it’s been a dream of mine for a long time,” Cespedes told from the Dominican Republic. “To leave my country and play in the big leagues is what...

Breaking Down the Yoenis Cespedes deal

Our own Hudson Belinsky broke the Yoenis Cespedes signing on this side based on a report from Yahoo’s Tim Brown. In actuality, Cespedes cannot officially sign until MLB clears him as an official free agent. Most sources think he will be cleared by Spring Training and it will not be a moment too soon for Oakland Athletics fans. The deal is a reported four year deal...

Cespedes says Athletics were the right fit

Yoenis Cespedes on Monday agreed to a four-year, $36 million contract with Oakland, citing the reputation of A's general manager Billy Beane and the direction of the franchise among the reasons he chose the A's.

Baseball and the Value of Sabermetrics: An Author’s Perspective

Last year, Author Alan Hirsch was kind enough to answer and respond to questions and criticisms of his book, The Beauty of Short Hops: How Chance and Circumstance Confound the Moneyball Approach to Baseball. Alan co-wrote The Beauty of Short Hops with his brother, Sheldon Hirsch. Q: Billy Beane didn’t/doesn’t watch A’s games because, in your words, “He can’t bear seeing...

Yoenis Cespedes poll: Should Miami Marlins have matched Oakland Athletics offer?

Now we know exactly what Miami Marlins President David Samson meant when he said the club would pursue Yoenis Cespedes aggressively to the point of insanity. In the Marlins’ estimation, anything more than $6 million annually was insane, according to a source familiar with the Cespedes negotiations. Not so for Billy Beane and the Atheltics, who swooped in with a four-year, $36 million...
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