Dear Billy Beane,
What is it like to pinch every penny you ever see? Is this some kind of medical condition or does it just make you feel big to have so much power over such a weak piece of currency?
Allegory aside let me get right to the point.
You’re an idiot.
On Friday November 28, 2014 you proved to the world you have no clue what you are doing. You have lost all touch with reality. You have shown the world you are self-serving and stubborn. You traded away your team’s best player when last season they, the Oakland Athletics, could have made a run to the World Series. Unfortunately that run didn’t last long because you guys couldn’t score any–runs that is.
You did make the playoffs though and if not for some late inning heroics by the Kansas City Royals you would have advanced beyond the joke wild card game. You guys had it. I believe so strongly that the moves you made in the summer would put you over the type. Even trading away Yoenis Cespedes, I accepted it. I guess this makes me an idiot too because anyone who would praise your genius now has to be missing a few brain cells or owns one too many pink baseball caps.
Even the recent acquisition of Billy Butler was a move I agreed with and respected. You got him cheap and I think he can really contribute for the Athletics in the years to come. But this was assuming Josh Donaldson would still be there. Now he’s just another designated hitter without the power to back it up.
For statistical and financial reasons, Donaldson should have remained a member of the Athletics. I know how much you love analytics so why would you ever trade the third highest ranking player in WAR last season? Only Mike Trout (AL MVP) and Clayton Kershaw (NL MVP and NL Cy Young Winner) had a better Wins Above Replacement. Donaldson’s 7.42 WAR was so good it even ousted the American League Cy Young Winner Corey Kluber and everyone else in baseball.
Donaldson gave the Athletics home run power and steady defense at third base. He may never win a Gold Glove, but when you hit 30 home runs and knock in 100 runs it’s not necessary.
In return for Donaldson you brought Brett Lawrie and a few minor league players. I don’t care to learn anything about those minor leaguers because by the time they are ready to make the big league roster you will have traded away the team’s stars and Lawrie will have another broken hand.
From a more human standpoint, there were just as many reasons to keep Donaldson. He was a good locker room guy, a fan-favorite, and arguably the face of the franchise. You screwed the fans on this one worse than anything.
Rooting for the Philadelphia Phillies like I do, I know how to sniff out a bad general manager. The Phillies have Ruben Amaro Jr. and he’s already done what you currently are. So congratulations, you’re two years behind the worst GM in baseball. At least he has been to the World Series.
Amaro Jr. screwed the Phillies after the 2009 season when he acquired star pitcher Roy Halladay and followed it up by trading Cliff Lee. Lee was as affordable as a star pitcher gets and if he was with the Phillies in 2010 they would have had a much better chance at winning their second World Series in three years. Instead they came up short in the NLCS.
Please note: the NLCS is the National League Championship Series. The American League has the ALCS. The only time the Athletics have made it there under your guidance was 2006 and you were swept by the Detroit Tigers. Now you know.
Even without a rooting interest in the Athletics, I have to hate you for what you did to this franchise. You took the one guy the fans could really love and sent him to another country. You really wanted to get rid of your one shot at winning, eh? – Canadian pun not intended
Since taking over as the GM in 1998, the Athletics are 1-8 in the postseason. This doesn’t include the 9 seasons the team failed to get there. I can appreciate the team’s consistency at making it to the postseason however to ignore your ineptitude at helping the team get further the following season is criminal.
In 2001 the A’s won 102 games and were bounced in the first round of the playoffs. The only moves you made that offseason going into 2002 of note were trading for David Justice and Justin Duchscherer and signing free agent veteran Randy Velarde. During the season, you picked up John Mabry, Ray Durham, and Ricardo Rincon. Would it have hurt the pockets of the owners too much to have someone a little better on the roster? I’m beginning to imagine you as a meek character too afraid to stand up to the owners and ask for a little more money to make the roster of the salaries worth it. I cannot help but feel like more could/should have been done.
I’m happy to know the fans are upset with you. Trying to feed them Butler like he’s some kind of superstar is embarrassing. Butler is James Loney without the defense and some more power. Playing half of his games at your disgusting stadium almost as ugly as your uniforms, I will be surprised to see Butler reach double digits in home runs. He didn’t even do it last year on a pennant winning team.
Your Moneyball technique doesn’t win championships. The only proof needed is that you have not won a championship. By the looks of it, you never will.
As if sports fans in Oakland weren’t having a bad enough end of the year with the Oakland Raiders, you went and tore their hearts out. I hope the surplus of Donaldson jerseys in your stadium store are never sold and the production cost is taken out of your stolen paycheck you fraudulent used car salesman.
On behalf of the rest of the teams in the American League West, thank you Billy Beane!
On behalf of the players and fans of the Athletics, ughhhhhhh.
Congratulations on giving your team October off in 2015. I’m sure they appreciate it.
All my best,