Maple Leafs Hire 28-Year-Old Assistant GM Kyle Dubas In Front Office Shake-Up

Brendan Shanahan is trying to bring moneyball to Toronto. The president of the Toronto Maple Leafs announced the dismissal of Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin from assistant general manager duties in favor of 28-year-old Kyle Dubas, who is known as the Billy Beane of hockey. “Kyle is a young executive that has made a strong name for himself in hockey with a progressive style, work...
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Billy Beane Scouting Report From 1985: ‘Impressive. Could Be A Good One’

The American League West-leading Oakland A’s arrived at the 2014 all-star break with a record of 59-36 — baseball’s best mark. Seamheads will…
Via Busted Coverage
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s trade rumors: second base edition

Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane recently told Jim Bowden of ESPN’s “GM’s Office” video blog that the he hopes the team is still active in the trade market prior to the July 31 deadline but what move could be made to make a already deep team, deeper? The Oakland A’s might have one of the league’s most potent offenses so far this season but they have gotten little...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 489: Statcast`s Impact on Player Evaluation by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and and Sam discuss Billy Beane`s Wall Street Journal op-ed and how Statcast will affect scouting and player evaluation.
Via Baseball Prospectus
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Debate: Can The 'New' Oakland Athletics Push Past The Detroit Tigers This Postseason?

So here we have it, we're nearly at the halfway point in the season and the best team in baseball is none other than Billy Beane's 2014 Oakland Athletics. The A's are recently coming off of a blockbuster trade made recently with the Chicago Cubs for Jason Hammel and one of the best starting pitchers in the National League, Jeff Samardzija. With that being said, Samardzija...
Via The Sports Blogette
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics: Billy Beane’s Approach

Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports Something strange is happening. Billy Beane is going against traditional sabermetric dogma by trying to win the championship that has eluded him and his franchise since he took over in the late 90s. Over the weekend, Beane and his team traded three top prospects to the Chicago Cubs for starting pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel. Beane has been...
Via The Sideline
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane Expects Tech-Driven Sports Revolution

This is some pretty deep stuff from Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane, who went out there earlier this month and acquired two top-of-the-rotation starting pitchers for the best team in baseball. Beane is well-known around baseball as a genius. And his most recent piece of advice/work gives us a deeper understanding of how his mind works and where the sports world might...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Samardzija Trade Increases Pressure on Billy Beane’s ‘Moneyball’ A’s to Cash In and ‘Win Now’

It was only a matter of time before former Cubs P Jeff Samardzija was to be dealt. Having recently refused to sign a contract extension with the Cubs, his days in the Windy City were numbered. All that was in question was his destination. Unexpectedly, the move happened well before July 31—on Friday night, to be exact—as the Oakland Athletics swooped in and nabbed both Samardzija...
Via The Sports Daily
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Draft Pick 2015 Watch Begins

It was fun while it lasted, a 4-game win streak and a run of 18-13 since May 30th had visions of Cubs' relevance dancing in my head. But then TheJedi receivedt the the quality and depth of prospects they hoped for from Billy Beane and that Cubs 2014 ballon deflated and whizzed off into the darkness. Don't get me wrong, it's not that they really had a chance of doing much...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Samardzija Without The A’s Is Even More Unspeakable

So, we had our first July 31st trading deadline deal, and it paid off for all the A's fans who paid Oaktown's own, Bubb Rubb, to break into Billy Beane's office and turn his iCal forward a month. "Any ideas what you want to do for the 4th of July, Billy?" "I celebrated last month with some friends." Screen spirals out and slam cuts to Bubb Rubb...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor Accomplishments: Week 14

Happy Sunday again gang - hope there weren't too many of you that overdid it with your personal firework shows to celebrate the 4th - baseball (as always) seems to help us in that regard every year around this time, and the big Billy Beane shocker provided everyone a great finale for a lot of contenders. Of course this also helps bring more clarity for those looking to make a...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

I’m rooting for Jeff Samardzija and the Oakland A’s, and so should you

Jeff Samardzija was traded along with Jason Hammel to the Oakland A’s late Friday night.  I believe it was a good trade for both teams, a break-even at worst, and will hopefully give the A’s the boost they need to make it to the World Series under Billy Beane‘s watch. I grew up in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area and as such spent a copious amount of time following the Giants...
Via World Series Dreaming
16 days ago  |  Discuss

After Big Trade, Oakland Athletics Don’t Appear to be Done Dealing

Even after acquiring two valuable starting pitchers in the form of Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Chicago Cubs on the Fourth of July, it doesn’t appear that the Oakland Athletics are done dealing. General manager Billy Beane, who normally plays his cards close to the vest, wasn’t shy in indicating that more moves could be on the way.  More moves ahead? Beane: "...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Moneyball, Cubs Edition

I was thinking about this the other day, and it’s not like I’m super original because Joe Posnanski happened upon this first.  But have you noticed that the Cubs are collecting lots of bats?  Not just any bats, but legitimate high-ceiling put-a-hurt-on-the-baseball bats.   Theo: “Offensive impact players are hard to find.” #Cubs — Bruce Miles (@BruceMiles2112) July 5...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

After sacrificing two top prospects, the A’s are now all in for 2014

A’s general manager Billy Beane was famously quoted in Moneyball saying “my #@!% doesn’t work in the playoffs. My job is to get us to the playoffs.” He couldn’t possibly have made it any more clear Friday that he no longer feels that way. In trading his preseason No. 1 and No. 2 prospects to the Cubs for Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, Beane was trying to give a team...
Via Pro Sports Daily
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The Athletics Are Going All In For A Title

“Screw it, we’re going for it all.” -Billy Beane Well, the notorious Oakland Athletics general manager didn’t actually say that publicly, but tonight’s blockbuster trade indicated that’s most certainly the approach he’s taking this year to try to bring a World Series title back to Oakland in the 25th anniversary season of its last one in 1989. While most of the country...
Via Standing O Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling by R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

The A`s go all in, and the Cubs add to their prospect stockpile.
Via Baseball Prospectus
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Half a season to go

As the 2014 season approaches the midway point so much is abundantly clear: Billy Beane is a marvel.  Move over every single politician and put Billy Beane in charge of the country.  Seriously, the guy is a certified genius.  What he does in Oakland with a budget of quarters that the owner discarded for laundry and coupons from the Sunday paper is outstanding.  He should be in...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Dark Horse General Manager Candidates

The San Diego Padres fired Josh Byrnes last week, ending a 938 day streak without a major league general manager getting the ax, as Ben Lindbergh recently noted at Baseball Prospectus. There are currently 18 teams that have employed the same GM for the past five years and plenty more that are working on three or four years of front office stability. San Diego, obviously, is not one...
Via Padres Public
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s making money ball look easy

With the best record in Major League Baseball and their sites set on their third straight AL West championship, the Oakland A’s are now making money ball look easy. Make no mistake though, money ball is an not easy thing to pull off. The A’s front office, led by General Manager Billy Beane have made all the right moves to keep the team at the the top of the division, even while...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s acquire pitcher Brad Mills for $1

Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane took the concept of “Moneyball” to the next level on Tuesday. You know how a parent sometimes signs over a car to their kid for $1 just so the kid can legally put the title in his or her name? The A’s have done that with former Milwaukee Brewers […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Bob Welch, pitching coach for '01 champion D-backs, dies at 57

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bob Welch, pitching coach for the Diamondbacks' 2001 World Series champions and the last major leaguer to win at least 25 games in a season, died Monday night in Seal Beach, Calif. He was 57. The Oakland Athletics announced his death Tuesday. Police said officers responded to a call for medical aid and found Welch dead in the bathroom area when they arrived...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Moneypuck Era: Will Analytics Play Key Role in NHL Front Offices?

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports About a month ago, an Edmonton area lawyer by the name of Tore Purdy — known to many as JLikens  – passed away at the age of 28. Purdy is being considered a pioneer of hockey analytics — or fancystats — and was a brilliant, passionate observer of the game. He truly saw nuances and measured aspects of the game of hockey that a vast majority...
Via The Sideline
June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The Beane Count lives! (and so does Billy Beane)

A long time ago, a young baseball writer invented a strange statistic named after a charismatic baseball executive. Both the stat and the exec continue to thrive. Well, one of them's still thriving. 
Via Fox Sports
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. Ranked Worst GM In Baseball

The Sporting News released a slideshow (ugh) of their top General Managers in Major League Baseball. The list is headed by Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane, of Moneyball fame. If you have the patience and took the time to click through all 30 slides, you'll see that the last...
Via Philliedelphia
May 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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