I was asked to join the afternoon drive news team at KCBS to join them at 6:20 Tuesday evening to talk about the state of the Oakland Athletics, and why more and more fans are wondering if the magic of Moneyball has totally lost its direction. I jumped at the opportunity.
The 2014 Oakland Raiders season ended on Sunday in Denver at Sports Authority Field at Mile High with a 47-14 loss to the Broncos. The Raiders just struggled in almost every facet of the game as they lost their eighth road game of the season and their 11th overall dating back to 2013.
After a series of high-profile (and cost cutting) trades, it’s currently en vogue to take a swipe at the Billy Beane pinata. I’ll pass, and here’s why: the A’s, under Billy Beane, have been incredibly successful.
Billy Beane offered Scott Kazmir an eye-popping, 2-year, $22 million contract. The deal stunned many in baseball who believed Beane had risked too much for a pitcher whose home address was Sugar Land, Texas just two years earlier.
In one whirlwind stretch of less than 24 hours, Oakland general manager Billy Beane pulled off a trio of trades with three different clubs and upgraded Oakland’s bullpen in the process.
General manager Billy Beane plans to keep his team intact as much as possible heading toward 2013.
A baseball team made up of players no one else wanted has returned to the Major League playoffs. The Oakland A’s were pegged to finish last in their division, instead they finished first.
We’ve seen this script before. Beane signs a power-hitting veteran whose best years are clearly in the rear-view mirror.
One of the many players Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane got rid of this off-season was closer Andrew Bailey, who went to the Boston Red Sox for three players, leaving an opening at closer for 2012.
Let me say it right off the top: it’s not Billy Beane’s fault. It’s not Lew Wolff’s, either. But I don’t blame Oakland A’s fans for wanting to blame somebody for the latest dismantling of the ballclub.