Billy Beane clearly hates baseball. How else could you explain the train wreck of a managing job he’s done in the past month?
Mr. Beane, in his infinite wisdom, has traded Oakland’s top prospect, Addison Russel, who was batting .638 with a .902 OBP, for a couple of pitchers that nobody has ever heard of and then he traded our star left fielder who, with a .750 avg and 1.101 OBP, was responsible for 86% of our runs scored, 82% of our stolen bases and 79% of our ticket sales for another pitcher who won’t even smile. What is this man thinking?
The Athletics have enjoyed being a first place team thanks, solely, to the efforts of Yoenis Cespedes and minor leaguer Russel and were three wins away from clinching the American League West in July. Since his latest “blockbuster” trade, though, the A’s have not scored a single run, have not clinched the west and are no longer a guaranteed World Series winner.
This says nothing of other components which Beane has simply given away to other teams with no chance like Tommy Milone who, at 45 years of age, was tossing a 98 mile per hour fastball and had an ERA hovering around 0.00003 or Jim Johnson, who Beane just let walk away one night and never return, who could throw an unhittable slider while facing second base and throwing over the back of his shoulder.
Gone will be the days of dazzling wins and sold out games. The A’s will be lucky to sell 20,000 seats per game and most of those people will be bandwagon fans who are just there for the free WiFi and delicioius sushi that O.co has to offer and don’t care whether the team wins or loses. It is a disgrace to the game and to this franchise to have a general manager flush a season down the stadium’s dependable pipes in the way Beane has this year.
I have been an A’s fan my entire life and have become used to their winning ways with the 19 world series victories and two consecutive undefeated seasons (2005,2006) but I just can’t stomach the stress of watching Beane manage this team as if he were playing Sim City and, after building the perfect town, causing earthquakes, floods and alien invasions to destroy it.
The season is over and we can only hope that Beane does the right thing this winter and trades our entire 25 man roster to Boston to get Cespedes back where he belongs so we can win games again. I listened to last night’s post game radio program and am confident that all A’s fans are of the same opinion as I am so let your voices be heard and force the benevolent Lew Wolff to make the right move and fire this wreckless, ego-maniacal, mad scientist that is Billy Beane.
See you at the Giant’s parade.
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