On Thursday, the A’s held their season recap just as the Giants did across the Bay. I just finished reading the coverage of the A’s post mortem in the papers and I was struck by a major difference. The Giants articles stressed what happened and what will happen with the team. The A’s articles led off with Billy Beane news.

You know the deal. He will return to the A’s and he won’t go to the Cubs, etc.

So, twice in one week Beane has overshadowed the team, first with Moneyball and now this.

The team should come first. The general manager should be a background figure.

I am not blaming Beane but I am saying things are out of whack at the A’s. When the team becomes more newsworthy than the GM you’ll know the A’s finally are on the right track.

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  1. Stan

    Also Lowell,not one writer called Beane down on that incredible claim that not knowing if they will get a new stadium-years from now- or that territorial rights claim,will cause this years A’s org. to let the teams best players leave and the cou de grace-no signing of free agents of any worth!
    WHAT KIND OF TEAM IS THAT?? (exasperatedly said)

    Beane is flaunting lies,knowing the media fears him. I don’t.

    September 30th, 2011 10:46 am

  2. Stan

    Well,95.7 did have the guts to ask Beane to his face “What Billy,do you put on your oatmeal?”. NO,they didn’t get any tougher then that,if you wonder.
    Worst interview in sports history.

    September 30th, 2011 10:49 am

  3. Stan

    and thanks for the last posts..

    September 30th, 2011 11:14 am

  4. J Canseco

    Beane said specifically that the plan is to open a new stadium with a great team, which requires a few years of planning. I don’t see what’s so hard to understand about that.

    September 30th, 2011 11:20 am

  5. eb

    The Oakland A’s are stuck on pause. I totally understand the A’s need a new stadium to survive and MBL is unfairly keeping the franchise stuck after 2+ years of stalling of the territorial rights issue. The A’s need an answer to move forward. However, this ownership is what is really the problem. Wolff and Fischer, the 4th richest ownership group in the league, just don’t care about winning. They are the worst owners in Bay Area sports history and they’re ruining the Oakland A’s. The A’s East Bay fan base hates these guys.

    September 30th, 2011 11:23 am

  6. CohnZohn

    J Canseco, I wasn’t referring to what Beane said. I was referring to how the papers played his news conference — they made him the primary news, not the stadium (I’m so sick of them and their stadium complaint) and not the team.

    September 30th, 2011 11:35 am

  7. TJB in HMB

    It’s only a matter of time before they make a Brian Sabean movie. I’m hoping that he is played by James Gandolfini.

    September 30th, 2011 2:38 pm

  8. One Puzzle Piece Short

    Someone please to be explaining how the A’s could be anymore “small market” than the Brewers. Has Oakland sunk so far as to be beneath freakin’ Milwaukee? eb is right about the ownership, I just don’t understand how they can think this way. What do they get out of acting the way they do? There can’t be any money in it.

    The worst thing about the focus on Beane is that he hasn’t been good for years. He’s the GM equivalent of Aubrey Huff: coasting on a very small amount of past success.

    September 30th, 2011 8:52 pm

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