Recognizing Billy Beane

Here is a link to my Friday column. The full text runs below: As local big-league baseball games dwindle to a precious few, it’s time to pay homage to the people who made a difference. Who really made a difference in this year’s baseball picture. I am not talking Madison [...]

By | September 24th, 2015|33 Comments

Billy Beane betrayed Bob Melvin

Here is a link to my column about Billy Beane's betrayal of Bob Melvin. It's on the web now, in the PD Thursday. The full text runs below: Billy Beane continues to betray A’s manager Bob Melvin. Beane pretends he’s helping Melvin, pretends he’s getting value for players he trades [...]

By | December 10th, 2014|16 Comments

The A’s just break your heart

Here is a link to my Monday column about the A's trading Josh Donaldson. The full text runs below: Happy Holiday Season. As a special present to you, the Oakland A’s fan, your team traded its best player, Josh Donaldson, for four guys. One of the guys is shortstop Franklin [...]

By | November 30th, 2014|18 Comments

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. [...]

By | June 3rd, 2014|8 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 19th, 2013|5 Comments

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 [...]

By | February 16th, 2013|9 Comments

Billy Beane, executive of the year

Huge congrats to Billy Beane for being named Executive of the Year. He did a masterful job.

By | November 8th, 2012|6 Comments

Rating Bay Area GMs: your call

This Sabean topic sure has legs. I appreciate how passionate all of you are either pro or con on Sabean. Here's a quiz. Rate these five GMs in order of best to worst and give a reason: Baalke, Sabean, Beane, Myers, McKenzie. I will stay out of the discussion. This [...]

By | August 1st, 2012|27 Comments

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 [...]

By | August 1st, 2012|38 Comments

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 [...]

By | September 30th, 2011|8 Comments