Could MLB Bullpens be Shaken Up?

The Oakland Athletics have found themselves in a predicament that all other 29 teams would love to be in. Billy Beane, Oakland’s general manager, has been well-known to think outside the box. He has the perfect manager for the team in Bob Melvin. The team is made up of “scrappy and gritty” players that maybe some other teams would have rejected.Somehow Melvin has managed to...
Via The MLB Nation
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Which teams are hot heading into the playoffs

The word "Moneypuck" is a play off of the word "Moneyball" which was coined by the author Michael Lewis. At this point I'm sure you've seen the movie in which the Oakland Athletics, led by their general manager Billy Beane, employed a statistical approach to the game of baseball and found success in doing so, cheaply.  The power of analytics in baseball...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Several A’s who could go to Triple-A

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports The Oakland A’s had a rough spring training session down in the desert and had several injuries to deal with once they got to Opening Day.  They lost starting pitchers A.J. Griffin for for the foreseeable future and Jarrod Parker for the year while also starting the season with setup-man Ryan Cook and outfielder Craig Gentry on the disabled list...
Via TopSportsReport
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Opinion: Sam Fuld Has Earned The Right To Stay On A’s Roster

A combined total of 47 at bats amongst three players is hardly a sample size that you any manager or general manager would want to base an important roster decision. While that sample size will grow slightly before Bob Melvin, Billy Beane and the brain trust of the Oakland A’s, the fact that remains that Oakland will soon be dealing with a roster decision that will send out a player...
Via BaySportsNet
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Reaction to the Rainless Rainout at the Coliseum

Friday was a rough day for the Oakland Athletics. First, the club was lampooned by the Onion. Then, there was the unprecedented postponement of the night’s game against the Seattle Mariners due to the the fact that the field was absolutely soaked. Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area provides the backstory on just how the situation was brought about. “We got here this morning and the...
Via BaySportsNet
14 days ago  |  Discuss

David Wright vs. Derek Jeter: By the Numbers

Sabermetrics have become a major part of the game, primarily since Billy Beane based his team off the idea in the early 2000’s.  Although they do not tell the entire story of the game, they give fans insight into how the game works.  Some sabermetric statistics are more confusing than others, and some make no sense at all.  But there are certain ones that do help the fans understand...
17 days ago  |  Discuss

AL West Preview: Oakland Athletics Facing Three-Team Race In 2014

The American League West has belonged to the Oakland Athletics the last two seasons. The “Moneyball” approach sure is working. The A’s, who were the AL West’s lone playoff team last season, don’t feature many household names, but they’re damn good. Billy Beane’s bunch won 96 games in 2013 and has its sights set on a third straight AL West crown in 2014. The AL West...
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Hitting For The Cycle: Stats, Prospects, And Les Expos ☆

In our Hitting for the Cycle series, Craig MacHenry goes through the best of the best baseball writing for the past week – highlighting national stories while giving them some Nationals perspective. Single: Beane Counters by Jonah Keri (Grantland) This feature, which ran last week on the ESPN offshoot Grantland, was yet another biographical and analytical take on Billy Beane’s...
Via The Nats Blog
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Hitting For The Cycle: Stats, Prospects, And Les Expos

In our Hitting for the Cycle series, Craig MacHenry goes through the best of the best baseball writing for the past week – highlighting national stories while giving them some Nationals perspective. Single: Beane Counters by Jonah Keri (Grantland) This feature, which ran last week on the ESPN offshoot Grantland, was yet another biographical and analytical take on Billy...
Via The Nats Blog
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Knowing the competition: Oakland Athletics

Cespedes has 49 dingers in 2 seasons as a pro. (Photo courtesy of Icon SMI) Threat Level: 8 Year after year, the A’s continue to stay competitive, even if on paper they may not seem as tough. With the know-how of Billy Beane and his “moneyball” philosophy, he is able to get the most out of what his budget allows. The A’s have won the AL West the last two seasons and seem...
Via Bronx Pinstripes
25 days ago  |  Discuss

History says Australia series will decide playoff berth

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks' trip to Australia could be much more than a photo op on Bondi Beach or a chance to sample a pint of James Boag's lager, Kevin Towers' favorite Tasmanian brew (grade on the scouting scale: 80). It could be the start of a special year. History suggests that the 17,000-mile road trip to begin the season will end in a playoff appearance for either...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Extending Terry Francona and wearing too much green … While We’re Waiting

Beane Counters. I am obviously not one of the big advanced metrics guys on the site. I did enjoy this piece by Grantland’s Jonah Keri. In it Oakland GM Billy Beane talks about the kind of people he wants to hire in his organization and says that sometimes these lower tier front office types could be more valuable in the long run than free agents. I’ve thought for a while that...
Via Waiting For Next Year
March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

The A's Want Ten More Years In The Coliseum

Home Sweet HomeOakland A's general manager Billy Beane and Owner Lew Wolff get the Jonah Keri interview treatment over at Grantland today, and while the piece is worth a read for any A's fan, the biggest surprise to me was the idea that Wolff wants to sign a 10-year extension to stay in the club's current digs, the 47-year-old multi-sport Coliseum. And while this seems...
Via Five Tool Tool
March 19, 2014  |  1 Comment

Is Todd Steverson Creating A New Age of South Side Hitmen?

Chicago White Sox Baseball - Chicago White Sox hitting coach Todd Steverson has a very simple goal in 2014, maximize the outs on offense. The White Sox offense last year seemed to do the total opposite, which led to ranking at the bottom of the MLB in several batting categories, including OBP and runs. Immediate Impact Steverson, who is in his first year with the Sox, has said he...
Via Sports Mockery
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Three key questions for the Oakland Athletics

It's not all gravy for the Oakland Athletics. Yeah, they've won two straight AL West championships, but I look at this team and I see a few question marks. Billy Beane has always been great at picking guys off the scrap heap and making the most of their abilities, but this Oakland club isn't just the detritus of other teams - there are some real solid players in this...
Via The Outside Corner
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The two biggest weaknesses of the Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics had a busy offseason, mainly spent upgrading their bullpen. Billy Beane has never been one to throw around large amounts of salary, but he did that this winter when he traded for Jim Johnson and signed both Scott Kazmir and Eric O'Flaherty to two-year, multi-million deals. But the A's aren't flawless, as no teams really are. Their two biggest weaknesses...
Via The Outside Corner
February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Cactus League preview: Oakland Athletics

It's probably time to stop being surprised by the Oakland Athletics. After back-to-back division titles, the A's are far from the underdogs they were not long ago and arrive for another spring training with a target on their backs. Part of the equation: the ongoing wizardry of crafter general manager Billy Beane. Even with a small-market budget, Beane keeps finding ways to...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
February 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Beane and the Quest for the Elusive Championship

As a fan of any sports team what would you rather have: A) A guaranteed championship over the course of a decade or, B) 10 years worth of playoff baseball where anything can happen? Most people would undoubtedly select option A for the very simple reason that the team you love the most is winning the biggest prize of their sport. I would, too – while it would be fantastic...
Via The Sports Post
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman as Art Howe in 'Moneyball'

It surely diminishes Philip Seymour Hoffman to remember him for only one role. In light of the actor's death on Sunday, many are remembering Hoffman, 46, for his entire body of work and wealth of memorable roles. But every admirer of Hoffman has a favorite role of his. Hoffman's portrayal of A's manager Art Howe in 2011's Moneyball might not be one of them,...
Via The Outside Corner
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Random thoughts after watching the Seahawks kiss the trophy

Billy Beane: Man, I've been doing this for... listen, man. I've been in this game a long time. I'm not in it for a record, I'll tell you that. I'm not in it for a ring. That's when people get hurt. If we don't win the last game of the Series, they'll dismiss us.                                                   ...
Via The Duck Stops Here
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

How Can We Better Study Team Depth?

We know that Billy Beane has joked before that his stuff doesn’t work in the playoffs. And we know that, at least this time around, his Athletics team is built on depth and getting value out of the back end of his roster. These things seem to go hand in hand: your sixth starter and […]
Via Fangraphs
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

A’s winter update: busy offseason gives a new look for Oakland

After being bumped out of the playoffs for the second straight year, Billy Beane and his front office decided to shake things up again in the classic Oakland A’s “Money ball” way. Since the end of the 2013 season, the A’s declined to pick up Chris Young‘s option, leading to his $7 million deal with…
Via Seed Spitters
December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Talkin’ Baseball: Beane vs Rizzo Throwdown

Chase Hughes of CSN Washington, did some digging around and discovered that since Mike Rizzo took over as the GM of the Washington Nationals, he’s orchestrated seven different trades with Billy Beane of the Oakland Athletics since 2010. That’s a lot of dealing with one team and sometimes they end up trading the same players back and forth in separate deals. But I think that...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Jerry Blevins traded to Nationals for speedy minor league prospect

Just when you thought Billy Beane might be done wheeling and dealing, he has to go off his crazy pills. The latest A’s player to suddenly become a former A’s player? Lefty reliever Jerry Blevins, who was shipped to the Nationals today. In return the A’s are getting a pretty attractive prospect in outfielder Billy Burns, which we swear is his real name and not some type of porn...
Via Minus Twenty-Two
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

A's in trouble if owners don't play ball

The A's are due for a fall, and in a refreshing change, Billy Beane isn't alone in the realization. Every so often, ownership makes it clear that this "cash-strapped" label is a total fabrication. The A's are a "small-market" team only because they choose to be. Between baseball's revenue-sharing system and the financial empire of co-owner John...
Via Pro Sports Daily
December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

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