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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Sabean vs. Beane

In my Tuesday column I ask who is a better GM, Beane or Sabean. Here is a link. The full text runs below: Who is a better general manager, Billy Beane or Brian Sabean? The Sporting News recently ranked all 30 big-league managers, ranked Beane No. 1 and Sabean No. 4, with Ben Cherington of the Red Sox and Dave Dombrowksi of the Tigers at No. 2 and No. 3. One and four are lofty rankings for our two local… Read More »

On Bob Melvin and Billy Beane

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Bob Melvin and Billy Beane: You also can read the complete text below By LOWELL COHN THE PRESS DEMOCRAT OAKLAND — It was a bad look for the Oakland A’s. Two outs away from a win against the Angels. Chance to muscle their way closer to clinching the AL West. Two-run homer by Josh Hamilton top of the ninth. Angels tie game. Grant Balfour blown save. Extra innings. A’s lose. Could… Read More »

Praise Billy Beane, the throwback

Here is the opening to my Sunday column about Billy Beane, wheeler-dealer: We were talking about Oakland A’s closer Grant Balfour the other night on CSN Bay Area and how Balfour needed surgery and won’t be ready for another month or so. Host Jim Kozimor asked the relevant question: If Balfour can’t return in four weeks, is Oakland in a pickle — not that he used the word “pickle.” Kozimor, Barry Tompkins and I batted around — bunted around? —… Read More »

Sabean vs. all other GMs

When I posted an item praising Brian Sabean yesterday, I knew I’d get some negative response. Fair enough. Some people even wrote that Billy Beane is a better GM and that the Giants winning the World Series under Sabean doesn’t mean all that much. Let’s be clear about this. Winning the World Series means everything. In baseball there is nothing more important. Beane has not won a World Series. That means he has not accomplished what Sabean has. There is… Read More »

A’s wrap-up

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… Read More »

Billy Beane vs. Art Howe

Stan has asked why I haven’t written about Moneyball the movie or addressed Art Howe’s complaint that he was misrepresented in the movie. I have not seen the movie and do not intend to — although I read the book. I don’t think I can comment on a movie I haven’t watched. I don’t want to see the film because, from what I’ve read, it partly fictionalizes the events of that season and the people involved — a season and… Read More »

“Moneyball” the movie

Sorry for the tardiness of this post. Here is my Saturday column, about “Moneyball” the movie, a film I have not seen — a film I may not see. I haven’t decided yet. I am not critiquing the movie, obviously, but I am critiquing the idea of the movie — as in what in the world gives here? I also am criticizing the idea of the Oakland A’s — as in what in the world gives here. To read my… Read More »

The myth of Moneyball

Down below I’ll give a link to Jeff Fletcher’s piece on the Myth of Moneyball. As you know, Jeff is a baseball writer supreme. I mean supreme. He currently edits both the A’s and Giants magazines and he wrote a longer piece on this subject for the A’s magazine. It will appear in a few weeks. What I am linking to will give you an idea of certain misconceptions about Beane and Moneyball, misconceptions which I think will be perpetuated… Read More »