New Regime in Oakland Is Counting on Beane
"The A's are expected to announce today that Beane has agreed to a contract extension through 2012 and has been granted a share of ownership, a distinction without recent precedent among major league general managers."
That is just FABULOUS news for A's fans. I couldn't be more ecstatic.
But "Bill Shaikin, Times Staff Writer" misunderstands - "...might fans not prefer that popular players finish their careers with the team, not just the general manager?"
I'd rather have Billy Beane assembling my team than have just one player. If the choice was between Tejada or Beane, I'll take Beane. Giambi or Beane - I'll take Beane. There is no single player that's more valuable than a General Manager that can assemble the entire 25-man roster better than anyone else.
(Thanks to Blez for the link.)