Posts Tagged ‘Billy Beane’

“GENIUS” MONEYBALL GM HOISTS WHITE FLAG IN OAKLAND

July 9, 2008

 BILLY BEANE

The best laid plans of Oakland Atletics general manager Billy Beane have gone awry this season. Beane spent the entire offseason dumping quality, cheap young players like All Star pitcher Dan Haren who went to the Arizona Diamondbacks and 27-year-old outfielder Nick Swisher who got traded to the Chicago White Sox.

The plan was for Oakland to “retool” their minor league system. The A’s used the quanity over quality philosophy in acquiring young talent.

Unbelievably, despite going through a “rebuilding” year the A’s have managed to stay very much in contention in the American League. Oakland is 8 games over .500 and just ONE GAME out of the American League wildcard spot.

RICH HARDEN IS NOW A CUB

Yesterday that all went out the window when Beane traded pitchers Rich Harden and Chad Gaudin to the Chicago Cubs. In exchange the A’s got pitcher Sean Gallagher, outfielders Matt Murton and Erc Patterson and ninor league catcher Josh Donaldson. That’s hardly fair value for one of the American League’s top starting pitchers. Harden has arguably been the best pitcher in the AL this season. He was 5-1 with  a 2.34 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Harden is also leading all of Major Legue Baseball by averaging 10.75 strikeouts per nine innings.

Murton (26) and Patterson (26) are actually older than Harden (26) and Gaudin (25). Donaldson is hitting .215 in A ball. None of these players are quality prospects. The 22-year-old Gallagher is the key to the deal. He was ranked the Cubs # 5 prospect by Baseball America this offseason. In parts of two seasons with the Cubs Gallagher has a losing career record and a 5.28 ERA.

I have no idea why Billy Beane continues to get a free pass from both the local and national media. He should be excoriated for this latest ridiculous trade. It must be the power of Moneyball.

 

WILL “MONEYBALL” WORK IN SOCCER? ANSWER: WHO CARES?

June 29, 2008

 

BORED WITH BASEBALL? A’S GM BILLY BEANE

Thanks to SPORTSbyBROOKS for this gem:

In his baseball notes column this week, Tracy Ringolsby of The Rocky Mountain News writes that Oakland A’s “genius” general manager Billy Beane may quit his job.

Ringolsby writes that Beane may leave the A’s to take a similar job in professsional soccer. A’s owner Lewis Wolff also owns the San Jose Earthquakes of MLS. Ringolsby also reports that highly regarded A’s assistant general manager David Forst has turned down all potential job interviews. Why? Because rumor has it Forst may be replacing Beane as early as next year.

The San Francisco Chronicle actually wrote about Beane’s fascination with soccer back in February. The article described Mr. Moneyball as being interested in seeing if his small-market strategies could be applied to soccer. In turn, several European World Cup soccer teams reportedly sent representatives to Oakland to observe Beane’s “Moneyball” techniques.

If Billy Beane ever left one of the most secure jobs in baseball to run a SOCCER team it would truly be one of the most stunning stories in baseball history.