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Ex-Rangers manager Washington to re-join Athletics

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Ron Washington is getting back into the big leagues, rejoining the Oakland Athletics as an instructor after working nearly eight years as manager of the Texas Rangers. Washington, who was a coach with the A's for 11 years before joining the Rangers, told The Associated Press in a text message Wednesday night that he heard from general manager Billy Beane earlier...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Reported Return of Ron Washington Leaves Bob Melvin in Dicey Spot

Bob Melvin is officially on the hot seat. According to Joe Stiglich of CSN California, Ron Washington is set to rejoin the Oakland Athletics coaching staff as a special instructor. Ostensibly, the 63-year-old is being brought in to shore up the club’s porous defense, which has committed a MLB-worst 43 errors. The return of the club’s former third base and infield coach, who managed the...
Via BaySportsNet
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Listen to Soccer Morning live from 9-10:15am ET with Peter McVitie

Today’s Soccer Morning features an interview with Peter McVitie. McVitie is a Scottish journalist who is an expert on Dutch soccer. He’ll be discussing Memphis Depay’s move to Manchester United, what that means for PSV Eindhoven, Billy Beane working with AZ Alkmaar, how Aron Johnansson’s season is going, etc. You can listen to Soccer Morning live via the World Soccer Talk...
Via World Soccer Talk
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the scuffling A's rebuild, retool, or...do something else?

The Oakland A's began the week with the lowest winning percentage in all of MLB (.333), and their 14 wins (after Monday's win) have them alongside the Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies for fewest in the game. Their defense has been problematic at best, as they have already committed 43 errors (good for last in the American League).  Despite these deficiencies...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s going on with the Oakland Athletics?

Even though the Oakland Athletics traded away the likes of 6.5 WAR player Josh Donaldson before the 2015 season commenced, the folks at FanGraphs projected them to have a 33% chance at making the playoffs. The A’s acquired Billy Butler, Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard to make up for some the rather surprising trades Billy Beane made, but so far, it hasn’t worked. Oakland is 13...
Via Bloguin Best
10 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s going on with the Oakland Athletics?

Even though the Oakland Athletics traded away the likes of 6.5 WAR player Josh Donaldson before the 2015 season commenced, the folks at FanGraphs projected them to have a 33% chance at making the playoffs. The A’s acquired Billy Butler, Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard to make up for some the rather surprising trades Billy Beane made, but so far, it hasn’t worked. Oakland is 13...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Country Breakfast or Dried Up Gravy: Who is Billy Butler?

After a flurry of off-season salary-dumping roster moves, including dismantling the heart of the lineup from the ’14 season that lead the league in runs for the majority of the year, the big-name free agent that Athletics GM Billy Beane brought in to lead the team was veteran slugger Billy Butler. The former Royal has had a history of being one of the best cleanup hitters in the...
Via BaySportsNet
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane isn't too concerned about A's sluggish start

At 12-18, the new-look Oakland A's aren't exactly off to a fantastic start. In fact, they haven't had a start this poor in a while:Despite that, general manager Billy Beane doesn't seem nearly as frustrated or concerned about it as some of his players (and the fans obviously do) so far this season. After Thursday's 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins, John Hickey of Inside Bay Area...
Via Fox Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Beane Playing a Dangerous Game Banking on Return of Injured Arms

Billy Beane is playing a dangerous game. When asked by Damon Bruce of 95.7 The Game about the extensive early-season struggles of his club, the Oakland Athletics vice president and general manager deflected and instead pointed to the pending returns of big-time contributors Jarred Parker and Sean Doolittle. “I think what we really need to do is get some some of these guys back...
Via BaySportsNet
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Blue Jays Draft Retrospective 2010-2014

If there is one thing that has characterized baseball since the turn of the Century more than anything else, it has been the ability to think outside of the box.  Teams that have passed on the traditional methods of acquiring,  scouting and developing players have been able to overcome obstacles such as small-market size to compete with and even beat big-spending, large market...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
24 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Desperately Need Sean Doolittle to Return

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Sean Doolittle winds up in a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) For all the criticism Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics receive for those unconventional, inexplicably effective practices, critics and fans can usually agree on one thing: Oakland’s bullpen...
Via The Sports Journal
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

A’s Answer Back in Anaheim

There were many moves Athletics general manager Billy Beane made in the off-season  that had several fans and members of the media scratching their heads. The head scratching continued during opening week, when the Athletics would come out and score a barrage of runs one game, then give up a barrage of the next. This trend continued Wednesday night. Following a 13 run victory on...
Via BaySportsNet
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

No Downside to Cody Ross Acquisition

Billy Beane just has a knack for snagging quality contributors off the scrap heap. The Oakland Athletics Vice President and General Manager just might have done it again. #Athletics agree to terms with free agent outfielder Cody Ross. — Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) April 8, 2015 Then again, maybe not. Cody Ross hasn’t been consistently healthy since 2012. Over the past two...
Via BaySportsNet
April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

San Jose Sharks; Behind the Numbers

With the Sharks season down to it’s final two games, Sharks fans are preparing for a long summer without playoff hockey for the first time in a decade. If any of you have ever seen the movie Moneyball, you might remember a scene where while on the team charter, David Justice asks Jonah Hill’s character why soda cost $1 in the clubhouse. He responds that Billy Beane likes to keep...
Via BaySportsNet
April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Hope Big Offseason Moves Pay Off Soon

Jed Lowrie #8 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with Brandon Moss #37 and Coco Crisp after an interleague game against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) At last year’s trade deadline, Billy Beane risked the future of the Oakland Athletics in order to win in 2014, a strategy that he had been hesitant to employ in past years. Now, with a decimated...
Via The Sports Journal
April 05, 2015  |  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
April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Beane Gave Zito a Shot Because He ‘Deserves It’

Billy Beane did Barry Zito a solid. As the Oakland Athletics Vice President and General Manager told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game, he brought Zito into camp because the vet “deserves it.” “So, bringing him in was first about giving him an opportunity—I’d spoken to him last year when he’d decided to take a year off and I knew he might do it—give him an opportunity because...
Via BaySportsNet
April 02, 2015  |  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
March 28, 2015  |  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
March 27, 2015  |  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
March 26, 2015  |  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
March 19, 2015  |  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
March 18, 2015  |  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
March 18, 2015  |  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
March 17, 2015  |  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
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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