Oakland A’s 2015 Post Mortem – Good A’s, Bad Billy ‘Giveth and Taketh Away’

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Oakland A’s 2015 Post Mortem- From Pennant Winners to Last Place in 162 days

 

WHAT DO THE FOLLOWING 11 PLAYERS HAVE IN COMMON?

Just in the current playoffs, alone, Oakland A’s fans will ‘get’ to watch no less than 11  ‘Billy Giveaways’ that could be a World Series caliber unit in itself:

JOSH DONALDSON, YOENIS CESPEDES, SCOTT KASMIR, BRANDON MOSS, BEN ZOBRIST, LUKE GREGERSON, JED LOWRIE, JON LESTER, JASON HAMMEL, TYLER CLIPPARD, ADDISON RUSSELL – an All-Star team in itself that shoulda coulda been representing the Oakland A’s this year in the playoffs..  certainly as good or better team than the A’s sent to the playoffs in 2014.  And there’smore…

 

 

MR. MONEY BALL GIVETH and TAKETH AWAY 10 PLAYERS NOW STARRING IN PLAYOFFS

 

A Couple Bad Post Mortems for both Bay Area Baseball Teams.
We’ve Addressed the Giants and they’re one legitate, albeit over-rated starting pitcher and one career .300 hitter among a group of unlikely (note Giants’ recent history) young ‘no name’ upstarts performing better than most established stars while spearheading best team batting average in league). Now the A’s…
Unfortunately, most all the blame for the A’s fall from first place
last year to last place this year has to go to the general manager,
Billy Beane. How could a guy noted for making some of the best deals in baseball turnaround and make the worst ones of the year. Not one but many:

 

Just in the current playoffs, alone, A’s fans will ‘get’ to watch not less than 10 ‘Billy Giveaways’ an a World Series caliber unit in itself:

JOSH DONALDSON, YOENIS CESPEDES, SCOTT KASMIR, BRANDON MOSS, BEN ZOBRIST, LUKE GREGERSON, JED LOWRIE, JON LESTER, JASON HAMMEL, TYLER CLIPPARD, ADDISON RUSSELL – an All-Star team in itself that could, with another position player and pitcher or two  could win the World Sieres- certainly as good or better team than the A’s sent to the playoffs in 2014. 

And, we haven’t even mentioned  Pat Neshek, Dan Straily or Brett Anderson.  Those would close the deal. As Carl Steward noted, no wonder Billy Beane got a promotion at season’s end from Lew Wolf; look how many teams Beane dramatically improved. 

Then there are others like Jeff Smardja, who didn’t quite make a post -season team but are out there

 

Thirty years ago it was another Billy (Martin) who came in and did great things,                     only to self-destruct.  In many ways,  Beane has been more of the same, but  in                                                  the GM role – and has done it more often.

 

 

All the good that Beane did in recent years has been negated
by destroying the team. Had Beane sat on his hands for a change,
the A’s would have likely one the pennant again.They had the
best record in spring training -even with his first trade
of Cespedes But, then Beane would -who is the opposite of
Brian Sabean and Bobby Evans, who doesn’t or can’t make trades –
trades away Josh Donaldson and Scott Kazmir, his second best starting
pitcher . We know what Donaldson and Cespedes did this year, putting
up a combined 75 homeruns.
It was early season and the A’s had a few bad weeks due mainly to
injuries to starting pitchers. Instead of being patient or
reinforcing his pitching, Beane starts making trades at will.
The pitchers he did get haven’t panned out; just the opposite.
But, this isn’t the first time Beane did this to the A’s
Just before and during the Bob Geren era, Beane and owner
Wolf liquidated the team, ostensibly because they didn’t have
a stadium. How that makes any sense is beyond me.

 

 

Then, when a stadium deal looked iminent, Beane trades again,
believing he needs to show a good, young group of talent that
will build with the new stadium. Or, something like that.

 

 

Where’s Lucy when we need her to ‘splain to Desi.
Blame can go nowhere but Beane. The remaining A’s have played
fairly well to close out the season, not giving up.
However, some blame might go to the sycophants around Beane.
Perhaps its fear of losing a job, but manager Melvin and staff
should, perhaps, stand up to Beane a bit more – don’ t they have
ANY say? Perhaps the announcers can criticize just a bit
as well as the press people. It may not be as bad as in
San Francisco, where everyone is a ‘homer’ but Beane has
too much power, we believe. Now, the longest tenured GM
in baseball, Beane knows he can do whatever he wants and
survive. Wonder if there was any REAL guilt by Beane in what
he’s done? Don’t think so, as he’s done this stuff before.
The real losers are the fans. The players get paid and can
move on and get paid even more by other teams. Yet, the
fans continue to show up.
Call it a Love-Hate relationship with Billy Beane. Love for the
good trades in the past, but Hate for not once, but several
times he has destroyed the team. Even for the good times,
the A’s haven’t been to a World Series during Beane’s rein.
Right when Beane’s been on the verge, he has to go ruin things.
Time and again.