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  1. Is Dodgers' front office too crowded?

    David Schoenfield

    Mark Saxon wrote about the Los Angeles Dodgers hiring Farhan Zaidi as their general manager. Zaidi, who was Billy Beane's top lieutenant in Oakland, brings one of the most unique backgrounds we've seen to a front office. Of course, considering he's a...

    Blog | November 10, 2014
  2. A's not losing because of Cespedes

    David Schoenfield

    When the Oakland Athletics traded Yoenis Cespedes to acquire Jon Lester, general manager Billy Beane had two beliefs: (1) Lester would upgrade the rotation and give the A's a No. 1 starter for the postseason. (2) They had enough offense to repl...

    Blog | August 31, 2014
  3. Focus now is on Billy Beane and other GMs

    David Schoenfield

    Brad Pitt played Billy Beane in a movie before he played Derek Jeter or Joe Torre. General managers are this generation's luminaries, scrutinized and critiqued as deeply and emotionally as a team's best player or manager. Players are now viewed as...

    Blog | July 31, 2014
  4. Samardzija comes up big in A's debut

    David Schoenfield

    I wonder who was more nervous on Sunday afternoon: Jeff Samardzija or Billy Beane? Beane is notorious for not actually watching Oakland's games, but I would guess he paid a little more attention to this one. Samardzija made his A's debut against t...

    Blog | July 06, 2014
  5. A's clearly now the World Series favorites

    David Schoenfield

    Billy Beane had to make this trade. The Oakland A's might not be in this position a year from now, let alone three years or five or 10. The A's have been the best team in baseball in this season of parity, a season without a clear title favorite. ...

    Blog | July 05, 2014
  6. Donaldson out to repeat big 2013

    David Schoenfield

    PHOENIX -- Here's the thing about Josh Donaldson: He looks like an athlete. Indeed, Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane called him the best athlete on the team; considering Yoenis Cespedes is patrolling the outfield, that's praise of a high order...

    Blog | March 16, 2014
  7. With another division title, Beane is best GM

    David Schoenfield

    With apologies to Andrew Friedman in Tampa Bay or John Mozeliak in St. Louis or Neal Huntington in Pittsburgh or Ruben Amaro Jr. in Philadelphia (just kidding, Phillies fans!), if I win $750 million in the lottery and purchase a major league franchis...

    Blog | September 22, 2013
  8. Offseason report card: A's

    David Schoenfield

    2012 in review Record: 94-68 (92-70 Pythagorean) 713 runs scored (8th in American League) 614 runs allowed (2nd in AL) Big Offseason Moves Traded Cliff Pennington and Yordy Cabrera to Arizona for Chris Young. Re-signed free agent Bartolo Colon...

    Blog | February 08, 2013
  9. A's add needed shortstop depth with Lowrie

    David Schoenfield

    Jed Lowrie, being a one-time hyped prospect for the Red Sox, is probably overrated, at least as far as his value-to-name recognition ratio, but he should be able to help the Oakland A's. Billy Beane acquired the shortstop from the Houston Astros, ...

    Blog | February 04, 2013
  10. Why each team can win it all

    David Schoenfield

    With help from the blog network writers, here are reasons each team can win the World Series. St. Louis Cardinals 1. A potent, balanced lineup. The Cardinals had the best on-base percentage in baseball, including four starters -- Matt Holliday, J...

    Blog | October 04, 2012
  11. Over/under: Wins for A's

    David Schoenfield

    The Oakland A's seem to be everyone's favorite whipping boys these days. What have you done for me lately, Billy Beane? After averaging 95 wins from 2000 through 2006 and making five playoff appearances, the A's have settled into a numbing consist...

    Blog | March 22, 2012
  12. What's the ceiling for the Oakland A's?

    David Schoenfield

    Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane has retooled yet again as he waits to see if the A's ever get a new ballpark that will allow him to expand to a two-shoestring budget. What is the upside for Oakland's current collection of ballplayers? Well, w...

    Blog | March 12, 2012
  13. Don't block the plate? Billy Beane is right

    David Schoenfield

    Many years ago, I posted a poll question on ESPN.com asking something like: Which is the worst baseball sin? (A) Betting on baseball; (B) Taking PEDs; (C) Not hustling. Not hustling won in a landslide. Look, it's easy to understand why fans wou...

    Blog | June 01, 2011
  14. Pitching big reason for offensive decline

    David Schoenfield

    One of the big stories of April was the continued decline in offense across the majors. Scoring last season was at its lowest level since 1992 and the major league batting average in the opening month of this season was .251, the lowest April average...

    Blog | May 02, 2011
  15. The A's are smart ... and lucky

    David Schoenfield

    Coming up with three good, young pitchers in Barry Zito, Tim Hudson and Mark Mulder is a freak occurrence.

    Story | Conversation | September 09, 2002