Hitting Coach Update: Yankees Tell Magadan He Didn’t Get The Job

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, reports that Dave Magadan, who was a finalist for the Yankees’ hitting coach job, was informed he did not get the position and that the Yankees and are looking elsewhere. That makes Magadan the frontrunner for Oakland’s open hitting coach job, Slusser says, particularly with Chili Davis having accepted the Red Sox position and leaving...
Via Mets Merized Online
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Adding Andrew Friedman Gives Dodgers A New Direction

Adding Andrew Friedman Gives Dodgers A New Direction by Mark Stevens The Los Angeles Dodgers have been spending money like crazy over the last few years, but it has not translated to a lot of success in the postseason. Meanwhile, they see their rivals in San Francisco closing in on another World Series appearance in the last five years. A change needed to be made, and that person...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox Hire Chili Davis

This man is coming to save our offense. The Red Sox and A’s continued their longstanding bromance/resource-sharing/trading/philosophy mirroring history when they hired Chili Davis as their new hitting coach. This, following the Red Sox famed wooing of Billy Beane, trading for Yoenis Cespedes, seeing former Red Sox farmhands win division after division there in Oakland, and watching...
Via Fire Brand AL
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Friedman finally gets freedom, Dodgers finally get a bargain

Frankly, it's about time the Dodgers got with the program. If you're going to spend freely to get the best players, why not do the same to get the best general manager? Mind you, I don't know what Andrew Friedman will be paid to be the Dodgers' president of baseball operations. But I'm confident that whatever the price, it will produce a far better return than...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Pebble Hunting: The Rich Get Smarter by Sam Miller

Andrew Friedman might be the most revered executive in the game--Billy Beane included--and the richest team in baseball just hired him.
Via Baseball Prospectus
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: 3 burning questions this offseason

The Oakland A’s have most likely already started to plan what the team will look like in 2015. Even though Josh Reddick pleaded for General Manager Billy Beane to not rip the team apart, it is clear that some major changes are on the horizon. So what are the three major burning questions everyone is asking about the Oakland A’s during this offseason? 1) How will the Athletics...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Basketball: Be like Billy Beane and don't let these sleepers slip!

I've covered the ultimate top ten here and here. These studs will anchor your team, but they alone can't win you a title. It will come down to finding the hidden gems and breakout candidates that will beast and feast for you week in and week out.Image by Brett Farmiloe, via Wikimedia CommonsIf you haven't done so, I suggest reading Moneyball. The movie is also very good...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Don't tell me Cards' success is all about chance — just ask LA

  If Billy Beane’s s**t doesn’t work in the postseason, how come the St. Louis Cardinals’ s**t always does? Seriously. I want someone to explain this to me. Preferably a sabermetrician, but at this point I’ll settle for a witch doctor. Don’t tell me it’s random. Don’t tell me it’s a small sample size. And don’t tell me that baseball is crazy, as Cardinals left...
Via Fox Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Meet Your 2015 Oakland A’s!

A’s GM Billy Beane: Rebuilding or retooling for another run?   With the A’s heart-breaking 2014 campaign now over, the A’s faithful are left wondering, “What’s next?” But before we examine the possible answers to that question, let’s first take a look at who’s set to stay and who’s set to go…   A’s Eligible Free Agents: Jon Lester, Jason Hammel, Luke Gregerson...
Via Athletics Farm
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Beane: Trades put A's in playoffs

Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics' season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester as a part of it. "Simply put, if we don't have Jon Lester, I don't think we make the playoffs," the A's general manager said Wednesday as players packed up their belongings in a quiet clubhouse. Oakland...
Via Pro Sports Daily
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane Defends Jon Lester Trade, Says A’s Don’t Make Playoffs Without Him

Despite ample criticism, Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane doesn’t regret his blockbuster trade deadline deal. With Lester on the hill, the A’s fell to the Royals, 8-7, in a 12-inning thriller in the American League Wild Card game Tuesday. As a result, Beane took heat for the blockbuster trade that brought the left-hander to Oakland, but he sticks by the move. “Simply...
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane defends trades after Athletics postseason exit

Athletics general manager Billy Beane is adamant that Oakland would not have made the postseason without him making both of his blockbuster trades in July. The A’s added Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel and Jon Lester, but had to give up Yoenis Cespedes and their two best prospects, Addison Russell and Billy McKinney. “Simply put, if we don’t have Jon Lester, I don’t think...
Via Sports-Glory
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Expect Billy Beane & Co. to add new pieces to A’s jigsaw puzzle

Cycles are short for the Oakland A’s, general manager Billy Beane said Wednesday after the team’s excruciating 12-inning loss to the Royals in the American League wild-card game. And the way Beane discussed the team’s closing window of opportunity before the trading deadline might suggest that he is now considering a rebuild. “They’ve made the right moves before, hopefully...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Beane defends trades despite early exit

Support his big moves or not, Billy Beane made one thing perfectly clear: The Oakland Athletics' season probably would have ended sooner without Jon Lester as a part of it. "Simply put, if we don't have Jon Lester, I don't think we make the playoffs," the A's general manager said Wednesday as players packed up their belongings in a quiet clubhouse. Oakland...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 days ago  |  Discuss

The anatomy of a collapse: story of the 2014 Oakland Athletics

You’re Billy Beane. You’re sitting there on July 31st having just acquired Jon Lester, likely feeling about as good about your ballclub’s title chances as you have at any point during your tenure with the Oakland Athletics. After all, with Lester and Jeff Samardzija in the mix, in addition to Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir in perhaps the most stacked rotation in the American...
Via The Outside Corner
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals’ Wild Win Reminds Us That Baseball Is Going Nowhere

Some games are so good, there’s no clear place to begin or end. The MLB playoffs started with the AL Wild Card game on Tuesday night, with the Kansas City Royals making their first playoff appearance in a whopping 29 years. The traveling team was the Oakland A’s, who at one point not so long ago were the best team in baseball, before Billy Beane gambled on Jon Lester for Yoennis...
Via Oregon Sports News
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Depressed Billy Beane Drinks a Case of Beer with the Most Efficient Alcohol-to-Cost Ratio

Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane took his team’s latest postseason elimination hard, pounding bottles of Dogfish Head World Wide Stout into the wee hours to drown his sorrows.  The beer, which boasts a 15-20% alcohol by volume and sells for just $9 a bottle, was selected by Beane after extensive research on what brew […] The post Depressed Billy Beane Drinks a Case...
Via Sports Pickle
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Billy Beane bust up the A’s?

My favorite thing from after last night’s game was watching old dinosaur newspaper columnists dropping “Moneyball” zingers. They were great because they showed that (a) those guys never, ever read the book or at the very least didn’t understand it; and (b) they were so confident in the power of their zingers they didn’t think it necessary to explain how a book that provided...
Via Pro Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

What will the A’s look like in 2015?

The Oakland Athletics are coming off yet another heart-breaking postseason exit, this time at the hands of the Kansas City Royals in an amazing extra-inning Wild Card game loss on Tuesday night. For a team that had expectations to win the World Series throughout the vast majority of the year, the 2014 season has to be nothing less than a downright failure for the team. This is only...
Via Sportsnaut
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Avoid Collapse…Back Into Playoffs

The Oakland A’s are back in the playoffs. A victory over the Texas Rangers on the last day of the season officially sealed what looked like a long time coming. After looking like the best team in baseball, the Oakland A’s endured a miserable second half of the 2014 season and officially finished the year with an 88-74 record. It would seem as though Billy Beane may have outsmarted...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
26 days ago  |  Discuss

‘Really close’ Blue Jays not trading Bautista, Encarnacion, GM says: Arthur

When Alex Anthopoulos first became a general manager, Oakland’s Billy Beane gave him some advice: You will never be able to stop. There will always be something to do, something else, and you will never get caught up enough in any one thing to stop and take a deep breath. It didn’t quite resonate with Anthopoulos, not really. He is four years in now, and he gets it. His Toronto...
Via Pro Sports Daily
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Should Chris Antonetti go? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivers, plus Deafheaven! While We’re Waiting…

Good morning everyone! It’s a Friday before a Browns bye week Sunday, so let’s make that old joke that’s nearly as old as quoting “so-and-so player is on pace for…” jokes on the first day of the season. The best thing about the NFL this week is that the Browns can’t possibly find a way to lose! Is there a Cleveland Indians witch hunt afoot? I’ve been thinking hard...
Via Waiting For Next Year
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Have Billy Beane’s Trades Hurt the Oakland Athletics?

The Oakland Athletics headed into July with the best record in baseball, and sizeable division lead. They made the first big deal of the trade season, sending 2013 first-round draft pick Billy McKinney and consensus top 10 prospect Addison Russell along with Dan Straily and a player to be named later to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel...
Via Baseball News Source
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The fading Oakland A’s

Once upon a time, the Oakland A’s held the AL West lead for a total of 119 days this season. Now they are battling for a Wild Card spot and have a 4-11 record for September. The Oakland A’s were once postseason favorites and now fans are worried that they will not make the postseason at all. With the team unraveling at the seams, it is as though nothing can save them from utter...
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

A's radar gun goes haywire

The A’s stadium is known infamously for many reasons including sewage issues, too much foul ground, and electrical outages. You can now add a radar gun being the fritz to the list as tonight’s game showed pitches ranging from 1 mph (how long would that take to reach home plate) to 400 MPH. Could one even see a 400 MPH? Would that shatter a bat regardless of where it hit it?...
Via The Outside Corner
September 17, 2014  |  Discuss
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