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People say “Moneyball” is dead. People say it worked once. Maybe that is true, but Billy Beane is not dead, nor is he done doing what he can to build Oakland a winning team. While those years of winning teams may still be a couple of seasons away, he’s been planning for them for sometime. Has he had to make some very — no, extremely — unpopular decisions in recent years? Sure he has. The biggest one is probably his decision to dismantle the core of the team after their second-half collapse in 2014. Most controversial was the trade of the […]

Billy Beane’s had a plan for the Athletics and it’s ...

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What’s Gone Wrong in the first half of 2016: Let’s face it; the Oakland Athletics haven’t had the greatest first half. It was actually worse than the first half of the team’s 2015 season in which they went 41-50. Sunday, after yet another late-inning loss to the Houston Astros, the A’s finished the first half of their season at 38-51. To be fair, they’ve played fewer games thus far in 2016, but it’s still not something to get excited about. However, there are reasons to find optimism for the second half and hope for next season that were not present upon hitting the […]

Finding the positives in the A’s first half of 2016

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This is in case you missed it because, well, I did. I admit it. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser wrote on Friday, “It’s also a strong bet that the A’s will follow the trend of other teams in recent years and promote Beane to a team-president-level title and assistant general manager David Forst to general manager this winter, with Beane still maintaining overall control of major baseball decisions.” Beane became the A’s GM in late 1997. He’s guided the A’s to win the division six times, finish second in the division six times and taken them to the postseason […]

ICYMI: A’s GM Billy Beane may be up for a ...

It’s been 115 seasons since the Cubs won the World Series. Some say it’s a curse. It doesn’t really matter though anymore. It appears that what they are doing now is working fine. Actually make that better than fine. Jorge Soler, who joined the Cubs on Wednesday and hit a three run homer in his first big league at-bat, was not the first of a handful of players who have been called up and given a chance to play by the Cubs. A few other key names include Javier Baez,Arismendy Alcantara and Kyle Hendricks. The list also will include Kris […]

Cubs’ call-ups offer glimpse of team’s bright future