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The Royals Way: Speed, defense and a top-notch bullpen

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- The first thing Dayton Moore makes clear is that he never set out to change how baseball clubs are built. He simply wanted to win games, something the Kansas City Royals had repeatedly failed to do for nearly three decades. Never once did Moore think he'd become the next Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics' general manager whose use of advanced statistics revolutionized...
Via AP on Fox
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Royals Way: Speed, defense and the game's best bullpen

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) The first thing Dayton Moore makes clear is that he never set out to change how baseball clubs are built. He simply wanted to win games, something the Kansas City Royals had repeatedly failed to do for nearly three decades. Never once did Moore think he'd become the next Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics' general manager whose use of advanced statistics revolutionized...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland A’s Will Laugh Off Doubters in 2015

The Oakland A’s are often doubted by anyone who isn’t a loyal fan of the team. Most years, this doubt is proven to be foolish. Sonny Gray will be a big part of that Oakland mojo. (Mandatory Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images) The Oakland A’s are doubted nearly every year. From criticism of Billy Beane to jokes about the modest O.co Coliseum, it seems that non-fans of...
Via The Sports Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s to Hold Pride Night

It’s no secret how The Hall of Very Good feels about Glenn Burke.  Last year we unveiled an award in his namesake and have written multiple articles and stories to try and bring his story to light.  So when I saw the following announcement on the Oakland A’s website, I couldn’t help but feel some serious…feels. On June 17th, The Oakland A’s will be celebrating the LGBT...
Via Hall of Very Good
5 days ago  |  Discuss

After offseason of change, new-look A's expect to contend

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics topped even their most trade-happy of days by making nine swaps involving 27 players in a wild offseason for Billy Beane and his front-office mates. As far as Beane is concerned, the A's wouldn't have even had a chance to close the gap on the reigning AL West champion Los Angeles Angels without a major offseason overhaul. Even if that meant...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

AZ Alkmaar hire Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane as club advisor

Billy Beane has maintained an interest in soccer for years and he now is set to take his first steps as a professional administrator in the global game. Beane joined AZ Alkmaar in an advisory role, the Dutch Eredivisie (first division) club announced Wednesday. Beane, who serves as the general manager of Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics by day, will advise AZ in “areas...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Dutch soccer club hires Billy Beane as an adviser

Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane will be doing some work with one of his other passions – soccer. Dutch club AZ Alkmaar of the Eredivisie has hired Beane as an adviser with an eye towards helping them compete in the top-rated Dutch league against competition like Ajax, Feyenoord, and PSV Eindhoven. The Guardian has some of the relevant quotes. Alkmaar’s general director Robert...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Dutch soccer club hires Billy Beane as an adviser

Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane will be doing some work with one of his other passions – soccer. Dutch club AZ Alkmaar of the Eredivisie has hired Beane as an adviser with an eye towards helping them compete in the top-rated Dutch league against competition like Ajax, Feyenoord, and PSV Eindhoven. The Guardian has some of the relevant quotes. Alkmaar’s general director Robert...
Via Bloguin Best
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A's GM Beane joins Dutch soccer club as adviser

AMSTERDAM (AP) Dutch soccer club AZ Alkmaar says it has hired the Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane as an adviser. Alkmaar says in a statement on its website that Beane will provide advice ''in the areas of high performance and innovation'', with the aim of closing the gap on big-spending clubs in the Dutch league. Alkmaar's general director is Robert Eenhoorn, who played...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Oakland Athletics

Every winter, we always get one or two “What the hell is Beane doing?” moments. This offseason, we had even more of those. In selling off key pieces of what has been a playoff team for three consecutive years, Billy Beane raised no shortage of eyebrows. Some questioned if he was already punting the year and setting up for the future. But even in moving key players such as Josh...
Via The Outside Corner
27 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Oakland Athletics

Every winter, we always get one or two “What the hell is Beane doing?” moments. This offseason, we had even more of those. In selling off key pieces of what has been a playoff team for three consecutive years, Billy Beane raised no shortage of eyebrows. Some questioned if he was already punting the year and setting up for the future. But even in moving key players such as Josh...
Via Bloguin Best
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Next move may be as important as last ones for Padres, Preller

Something Athletics general manager Billy Beane said the other day got me thinking about A.J. Preller and the Padres. “If one of these (trades) doesn’t work, we’ll make another one because that’s what we do,” Beane said at the Athletics’ FanFest. “We’re not going to wait around.” Those should be words to live by for Preller, the Padres’ frenzied first-year GM...
Via Fox Sports
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

A’s 2015 Fan Fest Finale

After a tumultuous offseason in which the Athletics completely overhauled their roster in a barrage of jaw-dropping trades and head-scratching acquisitions, the loyal fan base came out in force on a stormy Sunday afternoon to support their club and get some answers. Billy Beane opened his eighteenth offseason as GM of the A’s wheeling and dealing as aggressively as he ever has...
Via BaySportsNet
February 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Potential underdogs in the race to sign Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada In 2012, the Oakland A’s decided to make a big move for an above-average player and signed Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to a 4-year, $36 million dollar contract. Now, the Athletics are once again looking at Cuban baseball players hoping to bring one back to the Bay Area for the 2015 season. Even though the Oakland A’™s have been more closely tied with free...
Via isportsweb.com
February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s & Nashville Sounds 2015 Roster Outlook

GM Billy Beane was a busy boy this offseason For the moment, as we sit here perched on the precipice of February, let’s go out on a limb and assume that the majority of the A’s offseason work is now finally done – which is never an entirely safe bet with general manager Billy Beane at the helm. But considering the massive amount of roster turnover and the vast number of new...
Via Athletics Farm
January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

The five best and five worst GMs in baseball

What makes a general manager a “good” general manager? Is it a willingness to take risks? An emphasis on sabermetrics? Or the discipline to hold the line, be patient, and trust a process? It could be any of those things; conversely, all of those things can also make a GM a “bad” one. It’s a fine line to walk. With that in mind, who are some of the best and worst GM’s...
Via The Outside Corner
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The five best and five worst GM’s in baseball

What makes a general manager a “good” general manager? Is it a willingness to take risks? An emphasis on sabermetrics? Or the discipline to hold the line, be patient, and trust a process? It could be any of those things; conversely, all of those things can also make a GM a “bad” one. It’s a fine line to walk. With that in mind, who are some of the best and worst GM’s...
Via Bloguin Best
January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wind Up: The Oakland Trade Machine

Last week was all about the Hall of Fame, but this week has given us plenty to discuss and dissect. Oakland is on pace to make about 132 trades, arbitration numbers are starting to roll in, and teams are finding inexpensive deals for decent talent. Last but not least, however, one team’s specific “claim to fame” this offseason is that their dog won an award. Not only that...
Via The Sports Post
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

A's trade Yunel Escobar to Nationals for Tyler Clippard

Apparently, the Oakland Athletics think Marcus Semien can be their starting shortstop after all. OK, that’s burying the lede a bit. Just days after acquiring Yunel Escobar from the Rays, general manager Billy Beane flipped the shortstop to the Nationals, reportedly in exchange for reliever Tyler Clippard. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was the first to report Escobar had been dealt...
Via The Outside Corner
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

What is Billy Beane doing?

We should all know this by now – they do things differently out in Oakland. Billy Beane is as unconventional as they come, and his brilliant mind has famously led to a complete transformation of the way we view the game of baseball, and specifically the way executives manage their teams. Beane has ratified the improbable notion that it’s feasible for a small-market club to consistently...
Via Baseball Essential
January 14, 2015  |  Discuss

In Ben Zobrist, the Athletics get their rent-a-star (and more)

This hasn’t been the typical offseason for Billy Beane, as we all know. He has traded away… pretty much every one that was on their Opening Day roster last season: Having some fun with the 2014 #Athletics Opening Day lineup on the @CSNAuthentic telestrator. pic.twitter.com/qWaJDVNWnF — Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) January 11, 2015 But that shouldn’t surprise anyone, because...
Via Batting Leadoff
January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

In GM Billy Beane A’s Fans Should Always Trust

Billy Beane & Bob Melvin. Photo Credit: Getty Images. There’s a mantra in Oakland and most of the fanbase had given up on it this year, while few of us asked the naysayers for patience. That mantra is “In Billy We Trust.” “In Billy We Trust” refers to the Oakland Athletics‘ general manager Billy Beane.  Since the 2014 July 31st trade deadline, Beane had been in...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

With latest A's trade, Billy Beane's earlier moves make sense as part of plan

Let's go almost back to the beginning, back to the Josh Donaldson trade. It didn't look like equal value then. It doesn't look like equal value now. But more than two months later, the Oakland Athletics' plan makes much more sense. The aggregate matters most. The aggregate always matters most. That is true not just for the A's, but also for every other club, including their trading...
Via Fox Sports
January 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick approves of Billy Beane’s offseason moves

After numerous reports that outfielder Josh Reddick was not on board with general manager Billy Beane’s offseason moves – things changed on Saturday. Reddick’s displeasure came when Beane dealt away Josh Donaldson early this offseason and reportedly told reproter Susan Slusser that “This doesn’t make sense to me. We just traded our best player the last 2 years.” From...
Via Tireball.com
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick sends great 'Dumb and Dumber' tweet about A's

Josh Reddick just needed to have a little faith in his general manager. The Oakland Athletics have made some head-scratching moves this offseason, most notably trading their star, Josh Donaldson, to the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 28. Like the rest of the baseball world, Reddick was confused by the trade, but he took his doubt a step further and openly criticized his ballclub, stating...
Via NESN.com
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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