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Oakland Athletics look to Beane and a man named Billy

Watching from the distance, scouts stood in awe of William Lamar Beane. Billy, a versatile outfielder, who could hit with power, had good wheels, and a solid hose (baseball language for the ability to get extra-base hits, run fast, and possess solid arm power, respectively), drew the attention of Major League Baseball Scouts. A five-tool player from Mount Carmel High School in San...
Via isportsweb.com
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet Your 2016 Oakland A’s

Newly-minted A’s GM David Forst As we sit here in late January, there are still about two and a half months to go until opening day for the A’s. But the first spring workouts are just a month away and the first spring games are just six weeks away. It looks like most of the A’s major offseason work may be done, but you can never be too sure with Billy Beane and David Forst...
Via Athletics Farm
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Beane: A's want to keep Gray, have resisted 'pretty aggressive suitors'

In Sonny Gray, the Oakland Athletics have something of a gold mine. He's young (26), cost-controlled (he won't be eligible for arbitration until 2017 and can't be a free agent until 2020) and is among he the league's top pitchers (14-7 with a 2.73 ERA for the last-place A's in 2015). At the same time, the A's also hold in their possession one of the most potentially valuable trade...
Via Fox Sports
January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Executive Viewpoints: Structural Change with Regime Change

What happens when a team hires a new general manager or president of baseball operations? In most cases, a lot more than meets the eye. Behind the scenes, a number of structural changes take place. A smattering of them are less subtle in nature, and thus deemed newsworthy. The majority of changes go virtually unnoticed, sometimes because they’re known only within the inner workings...
Via Fangraphs
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Athletics Add Axford, Revamp Bullpen Velocity

In his suite Tuesday afternoon, Billy Beane talked about making the most impact possible with the fewest dollars, something that would sound familiar any given year. And though his club’s bullpen was bad last year, he insisted it was a means by which they could get better this offseason without spending a lot. When the bullpen came up a third time, he sounded almost wistful about...
Via Fangraphs
December 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Jed Lowrie returning to A's means Forst/Beane have more moves in mind

The winter months are the coldest - at least that's what they say. For the Oakland Athletics, however, that's when things really heat up.The club's brain trust, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst tend to be at their most active in the months after the World Series ends.'Hot Stove' season has officially hit Oakland, as the A...
Via Fox Sports
November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the Arizona Diamondbacks Have a Successful Season?

Over the past few years the Diamondbacks, somewhat like the Padres in the winter leading up to the 2015 season, have made trade after trade. Not in a “Billy Beane is a genius” or “Dave Dombrowski sure can sell prospects at the right time” way. It was trading for a type of character player possibly involving grit and hustle. And their best performance over the past few years...
Via The Sports Post
November 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics’ Offseason Wishlist

The baseball offseason is here. The time of the year where the leaves are falling and Billy Beane is turning tricks. Famous for his “Moneyball” method, Beane has been one of the best, if not the best, executives in baseball. He has been with the Oakland A’s since 1990, when he joined the team as […]
Via Baseball Essential
November 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Billy Beane: Trading Sonny Gray Not Something Athletics Could Do

Sorry, Boston Red Sox fans, but it looks as though you’ll have to keep dreaming about Sonny Gray joining the rotation. The 25-year-old Oakland Athletics starter was selected one spot ahead of Boston’s pick in the 2011 draft, and it’s been speculated whether the Red Sox would try to make a trade for Gray since he moved up to the bigs in 2013. But A’s executive vice president...
Via NESN.com
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Beane 'just cannot see' A's trading Gray or Reddick - but will they?

The combination of the words 'Oakland Athletics' and 'offseason' often spell anxiety for A's fans. Over the past few offseasons, it seems that the winter months are filled with surprising trades made by Billy Beane, David Forst and the Oakland front office that leave most others scratching their heads.Last year's trade of likely 2015 MVP Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays for...
Via Fox Sports
November 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Alex Anthopoulos and Title Inflation

Yesterday, Alex Anthopolous left the Blue Jays, turning down a contract to remain with the team because, as he said in his conference call, he didn’t think it was a good fit anymore. “I don’t know that I’ve had to make a harder decision in my life, but I did what I felt like I needed to do,” Anthopoulos said. “I just didn’t feel like this was a right fit for me going...
Via Fangraphs
October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

J.P. Ricciardi on the Mets’ Collaborative Process

J.P. Ricciardi is part of the Mets’ collaborative process. A special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson, Ricciardi is one of the decision makers, and the decisions have been savvy. New York – a club with a cleverly-sculpted roster — is in the World Series. Ricciardi’s role is multifaceted, and in his own words, he brings a “more old-school” voice to the table...
Via Fangraphs
October 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: A's fired first base coach Waller in effort to go 'cutting edge'

After a dismal 2015 that saw them flounder in last place in the AL West, the Oakland Athletics began their offseason by giving Billy Beane and David Forst promotions. It was the first move of an expected many that will reshape the club for the 2016 season, something that's become a nearly annual ritual in Oakland. Earlier this week, first base coach Tye Waller was told by Bob Melvin...
Via Fox Sports
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A's executive Billy Beane among top East Bay water users

SAN FRANCISCO -- A California utility lists Oakland Athletics' executive Billy Beane as among the top excessive water users in a district east of San Francisco. A September report from the East Bay Municipal Utility District shows Beane, who was the subject of the Oscar-nominated film "Moneyball," used about 6,000 gallons of water daily. Beane told the San Jose Mercury News he has...
Via AP on Fox
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland A's Billy Beane among top East Bay water users

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A California utility lists Oakland Athletics' executive Billy Beane as among the top excessive water users in a district east of San Francisco. A September report from the East Bay Municipal Utility District shows Beane, who was the subject of the Oscar-nominated film ''Moneyball,'' used about 6,000 gallons of water daily. Beane told the San Jose Mercury News...
Via AP on Fox
October 16, 2015  |  Discuss

A's VP Billy Beane among highest water users during drought

Oakland A’s executive Billy Beane is playing a new version of money ball — this one involving his water bill. The much lauded A’s VP was among the highest users of water in the East Bay area of Northern California this summer, records from the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) show, per the San Jose Mercury News. Beane was the third-highest water user at just shy...
Via Larry Brown Sports
October 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics: impact of Billy Beane’s promotion

The Oakland Athletics fell to a disappointing 5th place in the AL West this year with a record of 68-94. This marked the first time in four seasons that the A’s weren’t able to fight their way into the playoffs. Although Oakland doesn’t always fair well in the postseason, they still outperform most of their division by coming in 1st or 2nd place in 12 out of the last 17 seasons...
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October 11, 2015  |  Discuss

In new interview, Manfred reiterates desire to keep A's in Oakland

The Oakland Athletics recently gave Billy Beane and David Forst promotions, even after the A's finished 2015 a dismal 68-94. That they would do such a thing speaks to the organizational philosophy and support of Beane and his front office, even in a 'lost' season.Of course, with the A's, their long-term future remains at the forefront of most discussions. In the wake of Monday's...
Via Fox Sports
October 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Athletics promote Billy Beane, David Forst in front office

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics wanted to make sure they could keep David Forst in the front office after other clubs sought to hire him, so they promoted him to general manager Monday and elevated Billy Beane to executive vice president of baseball operations. Forst just completed his 16th years with the low-budget franchise and 12th as assistant GM, though Beane insists...
Via AP on Fox
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

A's promote Beane to Executive VP, Forst to GM

In an announcement that some saw coming for a while, the Oakland Athletics announced on Monday that Billy Beane has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations.David Forst, previously Beane's assistant GM, was also promoted to full-time GM. Back last month when manager Bob Melvin was given a contract extension, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle noted...
Via Fox Sports
October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

No teams called Tortorella about coaching vacancies

John Tortorella admitted to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that no NHL teams called him last summer regarding coaching vacancies. In Friedman’s latest must-read 30 Thoughts column, Tortorella, who’s set to coach team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, “threw cold water” on the idea he took the role as an attempt to get back in the NHL. Tortorella said the job was simply...
Via Puck Drunk Love
September 25, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Farewells: Oakland Athletics

It is that part of the year when pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is a chance to book better winter destination vacations for some, emptier seats for most and a chance for reflection for all. But refection isn’t for everyone. The Oakland Athletics had a rough year. General manager...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
September 24, 2015  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Oakland Athletics

After a third consecutive early postseason loss, general manager Billy Beane traded Josh Donaldson, Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Moss and Derek Norris during the offseason. Along with letting Jon Lester go via free agency, the Oakland Athletics were in rebuilding mode and figured to be in line for a rough season. By that standard, the team played down to expectations, finishing last...
Via The Outside Corner
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Oakland Athletics

After a third consecutive early postseason loss, general manager Billy Beane traded Josh Donaldson, Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Moss and Derek Norris during the offseason. Along with letting Jon Lester go via free agency, the Oakland Athletics were in rebuilding mode and figured to be in line for a rough season. By that standard, the team played down to expectations, finishing last...
Via Bloguin Best
September 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Final: August 21st, 2015

There was a very interesting article about the dip in offensive statistics. In particular, walks are down considerably this year as compared to recent years and certainly since the last decade when offense was at its peak. Billy Beane cited capitalism but that’s just a fancy way of saying the sport goes through cycles. Teams increased their scouting efforts on finding pitching...
Via The Fantasy Fix
August 21, 2015  |  Discuss
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