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My older eyes read that title as “A’s lose to revenue sharing God” Now,back to reality for Beane?
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I remember that Lowell wrote that he was in favor of the trade of Cespedes for Lester.
Worst trade Beane EVER made. Even worse then the Donaldson trade since the A’s were contenders with Cespedes. All that year and before..A’s org. put out how the A’s won twice as many games with Yoenes in the lineup as without.
So- Beane ignored common sense and sabermetrics.
The Fisher kid will sell.
He didn’t buy a team, he bought an annuity. Now that it will actually require work and risk taking…he’s gone.
After all the bluster it’s time for the boys from Clorox to step up and make an offer.
No, the A’s don’t lose year after year, Lowell. It wasn’t too long ago they made the playoffs 3 years in a row (2012-2014).
The ownership family is one of the wealthiest in baseball and has been content to simply field a team, be sort of competitive and collect their share of the revenue sharing money. If they had been truly serious about baseball, they would have found a way to get a stadium built, put in some money themselves, etc. When “small market” clubs like Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Milwaukie, Minnesota and even St. Louis (they are a “small market” by definition) can all get new parks built then there is no excuse for this franchise to be languishing in the park they are.
Good for MLB taking this step. And about time.
The team could have had a new stadium 5 years ago had the Giants not been allowed to keep their fake claim to San Jose. MLB and Selig should have forced an agreement that allowed Oakland to go to SJ.
Does not change the facts that these owners have been happier to be a minor league system to the rest of MLB and collect their revenue. They want a gift wrapped publicly funded stadium. Best move their cross Bay rivals made was to finance it themselves. And once they pay off the loans (was only a 20 year deal if I recall, so in next few years) their already huge revenue stream will just get bigger.
Basically no one is without blame, from the A’s ownership, Giants ownership, MLB, Selig, city of Oakland…this whole thing has been a mess for a decade (and more).
I’m pleased that Billy Beane’s BS spell over the media is finally over. He’s part of the ownership group , which is the most cynical in sports for all the reasons Lowell calls out. But what makes it worse is that the A’s are a proud, championship-winning franchise that is being treated like welfare-fed piggy bank. It doesn’t matter that they cry small market and accidentally make the playoffs sometimes in spite of beane’s overrated brand of horse trading. This is a franchise that demands ownership that wants to win and compete for championships not sit 25 miles from silicon valley and cry poor. These latest steps are only mildly positive. Sell the team to Joe Jacob. please.
I think I spotted the A’s new president at the Ronny Lot presscon. With an attractive blond next to him.
At least he’s alive. Lew Wolff show up at that? Never. In all his years associated with the A’s he was a hand grenade (from 8th century French word pomme grenade,that after the fruit the Pomegranate.) that always was going off…making Beane part owner just killed the motivation to win it all.
Lowell Cohn, retired columnist for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, covered sports for almost 40 years and never ran out of things to say.