19 Burst results for "Billy Beane"
"billy beane" Discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen
"Yeah I mean. Obviously. The system just sets up all these perverse. Incentives for people to to cut around the edges. In this story, they've mentioned and who I mean who knows like how how real this was kids hurting each other and squash games and Lacrosse Games because that kid may be competing against you for college spot or trash talking right badmouthing kids. The families badmouthing other children when they find out that they're being recruited by a certain school like literally writing letters and mitten sending emails to schools to say, you shouldn't admit this kid that you've made an offer to yeah and I mean I just like I don't understand. I so. I'm sorry for making this about race but you know I grew up in a time and still grow up in still living in a world where like black kids and parents pathologist for like this idea that they steer their kids to basketball and football. So they can get out of the hood whatever and they give that's mentioned in the leader ask of this piece. Yeah Right. There's you know there's this belief that we shoe all these other like avenues to getting into college at the exclusion of playing basketball or football, and I just look at this and I'm like well, you know this has been going on the whole damn time nobody. I had no idea that this was going on the whole time and it just sort of infuriates me that with all these advantages everything, you know every like it's not enough to be rich, it's not enough to live in go to these. These extra privileged schools live in these wealthy neighborhoods have alumni family that has alumni to all these would you had to create all these other different paths into these schools and it just really? Really. Unsettled me and like you said, they're going to figure out another way like if it's not going to be this, it'll be something else. They'll be some sort of testing mechanism they'll get into chess. It'll be some of the ways these schools are going to stay the way they are because rich white people are going to keep it that way. You make a really good point JAL, which is that the public perception of college sports is that it's basketball and football. Oh, it's this way to get the black kids couldn't get into college otherwise a chance to get into college and to view it very dismissively the reality at this set of schools, some of which have you know really good football basketball. Teams like Stamford is that athletes overall tend to come from high income wealthy wealthy families, Derek Thompson, did a piece in the Atlantic last year that cited a survey that was done by the Harvard Crimson. The student newspaper that found that families have recruited athletes twice as likely as non recruits to come from families earning more than half a million dollars. A year then from families earning less than eighty thousand dollars a year. So who is Harvard benefiting here? Who are they actually helping and the percentage of admitted athletes at schools like that is much higher than at the so-called sports factories like Alabama and Ohio state. I added this piece by Ben Strauss about football at Wesleyan at a few years ago and. Process there, and the huge number of people that are you know playing on a varsity sport playing football etcetera etcetera you know is described by admissions folks. There is like affirmative action for for white man and that's the thing that doesn't get talked about enough I think it's worth mentioning that the woman who wrote the story Ruth aspiration is Ruth Shalit Barrett who in the nineties so really long time ago was a kind of young hotshot journalist at the new republic who you know there are documented instances of plagiarism in her work there also accusations of her. Misreporting things and misquoting people particularly around a road about affirmative action efforts at the Washington Post, this was a really long time ago. I'm not saying that there's anything you know there's any evidence of malfeasance and piece I did reach out to the Atlantic task. If they wanted to comment on the decision to have re Shirley Barrett, right this story and all include that comment at the end of the segment if we get it before we publish Joel. Thinking about what you're saying about the stereotypes about like black parents and black athletes, instruct me that I've never read a story about like a basketball. The didn't like name of the kids and didn't like probe into their families and put their names and like talk about them in this story, it just felt like the kids and the families are like very cosseted and protected. There are some name sources I believe that all of don named ones like. has a very robust fact checking operation like I believe that all those are are real people and real stories but it's still this sense of like we're going to like kind of Gawk at them just think about a couple of weeks ago we talked about benedict men, and like we know all about those caves, we follow them from leaving home going to school and all the inner workings behind it and these kids seem to they have got like as you would expect, they have a layer of protection that black athletes youth athletes just don't have and. Say it again black athletes are. And this way well, you know this is a system of slave we. This is the way they gotta get in, and you know this is a system that uses them. But like we we don't get to know these kids in this story in particular what there will what they WanNa do if they have any free will here can they say that I wanNA play squash the do I wanNA play? Lacrosse. I'd be interested to know how in the hell, they? Get into this stuff because I mean, it's not like crosses on TV all the damn time or whatever. Like. So I would like to know a lot more about the system that provides all these kids. We're these kids coming from. Do they really want to do this and who keeps them going? You know from age six to eighteen with the payday of you know going to a hard school. I'd had I would just it would have been nice to known all of that. The New York Times actually did profile of family of squash players. A couple of years ago, and you do get a sense of that I mean, this was a family that the kids were willing to talk and the parents were willing to talk about it, and in that that case I think the dad was a high level squash player and it was clear that there was some pressure there on the fan I'm way from him to these children in this story though the only family that I think is identified in the Atlantic story is Linda and Jim Robinson the CEO of American Express Jim Robinson and his wife who was a prominent public relations executive and they're the family that hired Imran Khan former top ten. Pro Squash player there anecdotes in the story about Nannies delivering dinner.
"billy beane" Discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen
"No I think it would be and I think the fact that they've had a tough road to get here in the playoffs even harder road than they would have been normal year makes fans invested in this and there is sort of this narrative that's built up about this team that it's a great regular season team that can't win in the playoffs or hasn't won in the play-offs and of course, Clayton Kershaw is. Kind of the face of that he has had worst results in the postseason historically then in the regular season and Dave Roberts, their manager gets criticized for some of his pitching moves particularly in the postseason. So that's just the way baseball works now I mean we can say it's a crap shoot and quote billy bean and say it's all randomness. But if you don't win, you don't get regarded as a great team like. What they have done is as much a dynasty as you know, the Yankees winning every year in some earlier era where it was not nearly as competitive and you only had to win one playoff round to win the world series. Now in an era where it's ten playoff teams earn how sixteen playoff teams and to keep getting back here. That's the most you can. Do. Really they've they've been three world series in the past four. That's really impressive. I mean we haven't had a team repeat as champion since those dynasty Yankees this is really the most sustained run of success that we've seen a team head and there's no end in sight. Really either it's not like they're window is closing. They have this young core, they should be able. To continue competing for the foreseeable future. But unless they happened to win a game seven of the world series, instead of lose a game seven of the world series, they just won't be regarded that way and that will be sort of a permanent stain on their record. So there's definitely a lot at stake for them despite their success. So a lot of times when A. Great player gets a reputation for not performing in the clutch. It's fiction. It's just extrapolation based on limited data or just like completely like with. Lebron. He's like actually been really clutch look at the numbers and it's it's just totally not true. It seems like Clayton Kershaw has actually earned his reputation for being not as good in the playoffs and I always root for players. Like Kershaw who have this incredible body of work and just get danged over and over again for not performing but you know it's not like you can sit here even as a neutral observer is somebody who like. I just feel Kinda bad for the guy. It's not like I can sit here and say like people are defaming Clayton Kershaw because that doesn't seem like what's happening. Yeah. I gave up being a Clayton Kershaw playoff apologised a few years ago I was one for a while but I think now years essentially pitched a full season in the playoffs I mean that's what the sample sizes now because the dodgers make. It year after year after year and his era in the postseason is almost two runs higher than it has been in the regular season. I mean, he has arguably pitched worse I think, and it's true that degree of that I think has been exacerbated by poor bullpen support by some questionable managerial moves in the way that he's been handled by the fact that they have often to pitch on short rest and. Like the worst era in postseason history after the sixth inning or something like that like they're feeding him like the Ray Street. Charlie Morton. Taken out in the fifth or sixth inning. But like he's one of the greatest pitchers ever and the you know what we expect or have expected threat history of these pictures is that they're gonNA throw into the eighth or ninth inning and playoff games. Right and you know he's done that on occasion he has had fantastic clutch playoff starts, but it's true that he does have this pattern of sort of falling apart in the sixth or the seventh and so everyone says well. He shouldn't even started that inning or they should had someone ready and they should have had a better reliever prepared to go after him and that's all true to an extent but also he's been so great. He is the best pitcher of his era and he's going to be a hall of Famer and you'd like to see him just get there some of those six innings and seventh innings unscathed because that is what great pitchers do a lot of the time. So I think. It's fair to criticize him and you know at this point, he is thirty two years old. He has had a lot of back issues. He's lost a lot of laxity. He still very effective, but he's not Pete Kershaw anymore and I think Roberts been sort of slow to recognize that and so he treats him as the prime unhittable Kershaw and he'll bring them in these high leverage spots as if he's that guy and he's not really that guy anymore so I don't think. They've put him in the best position to succeed but also he hasn't really held up his end of the bargain and I think we've seen enough to say that that's the case. But if he went to world series, I think a lot of that will be forgiven forgotten ban. Lindbergh, rights for the ring our hosts effectively wild at the podcast and has written with others to books. The only rural is it after work and the MVP machine Ben Thank you as always Ni- pleasure. Boudou, and this is your axios.
"billy beane" Discussed on Slate's Hang Up and Listen
"The dodgers beat the braves for three and a wacky unexciting game seven of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night the game was played in Arlington Texas ten thousand fans were allowed in to braves were tagged out in the vicinity of third base on the same play. mookie betts made another ridiculous catch cody bellinger popped out his shoulder celebrating his game winning home run L. Able play the Tampa Bay rays and the world series starting on Tuesday in Arlington, which means that the pandemic champions of hockey basketball and baseball will be from those two places. Our baseball friend Ben, Lindbergh is here he's a staff writer at the ringer, a host of the podcast, effectively wild and the CO author of the. Book, the only rule is it has to work and the MVP Machine Hey ben guests could be back to have you back We're supposed to stipulate here that baseball playoff results are arbitrary. But as you noted in a story about Sunday night's game that posted three, oh two on Monday morning, the dodgers and raise had the two best records in the regular season, and in fact, have the highest combined winning percentage and a world series matchup ever. So a regular season that was seventy three percent shorter than normal and a playoff field that was sixty percent larger than normal has delivered the most non arbitrary result possible welcome to twenty twenty. Yes. So much for all of us who were writing about. How random the results were going to be this year but it could have easily happened some other way rate because both the dodgers and the raise I mean between them they have been pushed to three elimination games in this postseason and they've been tied or trailing in the late innings of those games. So while the best teams did ultimately when it came pretty close to not being the case and neither of those teams needed to fluke into the postseason, like they were going to be here even with one hundred, sixty, two game season, and really if anything their path to a world series got harder than it would have been in a normal year because you had the expanded playoffs with sixteen teams. Because you had no home field advantage in these last two rounds that are being played at neutral sites. However, there was one advantage I think that the dodgers and the race, both which is that there have been no off days to this point in the postseason all the games have been played day after day after day that will change in the world series. But that has been advantage for these two teams because they're constructed SORTA similarly, and they're both very deep and in a sense they just outlasted their opponents who kind of ran out of arms at a certain point. Okay. I have a quick question and then I'm also going to reserve time for a follow up questions don't get any ideas. My quick question is so in NBA finals, we heard that the Lakers had the two best players in the series and maybe Miami had like the best like third through seventh I. Don't know what the exact number but that was like a common trope I. WanNa flip that slightly ben the dodgers have the most famous players in this series. How many dodgers would we have to go through in terms of fame to then get to a ray being the next most famous? Would it be like ten eighteen? I think Randy arose arena is pretty famous right now, but he was anonymous. We tend to go. He's a limited. Fleeting October fame. Perhaps, it's a different sort of fame but you're right that the difference with the dodgers is superstars I. Mean they have Clayton Kershaw and they have mookie betts and cody bellinger like former MVP's and cy young winners and really big names and raise do not and that's kind of the raise mo year after year this year it's worked even better than it usually does but. They are always the team that assembles these sort of cast-offs and spare parts and finds ways to get more out of them in tandem and I think while there are similarities and how these teams were constructed, and of course, the dodgers are currently run by President of, Baseball Operations Inter Friedman who was formerly the raise top baseball executive. So there is some shared DNA here in executive were together. But that's the big difference is that the dodgers have the payroll and the resources are willing to spend the resources to keep their stars whereas the raise as soon as someone gets good or starts approaching free agency, they trade them and they have to try to get something good back for them so that they can sustain the low payroll perpetual motion machine. So the dodgers can extend mookie Betts. They can extend Clayton. Kershaw. That can keep Turner. That can keep Johnson and so they have this great core that they can keep through their prime time and then supplement whereas the rays are just constantly turning over their roster and as a consequence knows who they are between that and the fact that no one goes to their games even in seasons when you're allowed to go to their games. I actually changed my mind. I'M GONNA see my time because basically answered. Yes you are. Let me ask you a very in deeply self interesting question. Okay. Shares would it have been better for baseball if the dodgers had been able to play the Astros in the world series? That's a really interesting question. It's settled it on the field baby. I in talking to dodgers. Before their opponent was decided here I got the sense that they did not want to play the astros or at least the ones I talked to just because the downside was so great which was I don't know kind of cowardly if you like they should want to beat them on the field. As you said, they should want to get direct payback but potential downside of losing to the astor's again would be so devastating that I think they wanted to avoid that. So I guess in terms of intrigue and ratings, it probably would be a better narrative to have the astros in the dodgers have a rematch here I don't know. Whether Rob Manfred would prefer that like his his loyalties must've been torn here because on the one hand, it would make him look bad to have the astros make the world series again after he essentially didn't punish the players in any way and yet he is always out for an extra dollar and this might have meant higher rating. So he was probably pretty conflicted about that. I, mean the prospect of Manfred handing the trophy to the Astros owner, my God I mean this bill as pumping best utterly insufferable to weeks of sport to have to talk to listen not just to the astro saying people who voted us we're GONNA show 'em. But also having to listen to all of the takes about this The Astros were fighting under five hundred. During this short regular season, they have shown no remorse for what they did. Good riddance go. Also much think, demoniac. Okay. That's fine. I had a question about the data is because I feel like part of what you're saying Ben with the dodgers fans going to play the Astros as fear of the Astros as this franchise that I'm like the raise we've heard of all of the star players on Stras and yeah, that's were much worse than the raise this year and we're actually like in the context of normal baseball where like just legit bad even though they made the postseason is your thought that Astros were actually. Good and it's just like small sample of regular season games made them seem worse than they were or were they just like not actually a good team this year and it would have been a better matchup for the dodgers would have a better chance of winning because the razor just better in twenty twenty..
Los Angeles Dodgers Outfielder Cody Bellinger Dislocates Shoulder Celebrating Game 7 NLCS Homer
"The dodgers beat the braves for three and a wacky unexciting game seven of the National League Championship Series on Sunday night the game was played in Arlington Texas ten thousand fans were allowed in to braves were tagged out in the vicinity of third base on the same play. mookie betts made another ridiculous catch cody bellinger popped out his shoulder celebrating his game winning home run L. Able play the Tampa Bay rays and the world series starting on Tuesday in
"billy beane" Discussed on The Herd with Colin Cowherd
"Dave Roberts Jinx. That stolen base against the Yankees and world series with the red sox going to only taste of championship champagne. I do know that before the fifth inning homer for the dodgers in the game one five loss Atlanta pictures that rural twenty, three scoreless innings. Over the last six club. Games they have zero point nine, three era. I believe that's the best thing of orioles in eighty three. Big. Money. Back to get. GOING, for La and Atlanta can bash too. So I. Don't see any weaknesses in his brave seen right now. It's tough for the dodgers pulled out and even if they do advance to the world series, the curse not available that could spell trouble. Out The papers. Cash. It's time for trash talk twitter when your chance to trash anyone or anything in major league baseball. Off this week trashes from dollar bill on instagram quote. Trashing Zach Greg. Keith. What does he mean? He likes pitching without the fans? The fans are the game. How. In the world could you DISTA- fans like that? It's bad enough. We can't come to the Games but now you're telling us, you don't want us. Man I. GotTa. AGREE WITH DOLLAR BILL ON THAT FANS make baseball. If you WANNA be on tries talking make sure you hit me up on my. Twitter or my instagram at Rob Parker F S One, and if you're the best trashier, you'll be on next week's podcast. Robert was a newspaper columnist. He lived by this motto. If I'm writing I'm rippin. Let's bring in a writer broadcaster older new. Let's welcome to the podcast Sean Salisbury, of course, former NFL quarterback, and one of the hottest sports talk radio guys in Houston at sports talk. Seven Ninety Shaw Welcome to the podcast Robert our buddy. Thank you. No doubt and the Houston Astros America's most hated team Sean had got to the al.. There in a big hole, but the biggest story probably out there. Is What's happened to Jose Altuva and that's what we WANNA start. Sean, have you seen anything like this? They call it to Europe's the thing where he cannot throw the ball. What's happened to Jose Altuve? When are looking into dusty? And that was a topic you know all day all morning for hours on the show and. I think what happens is when it comes from a guy who's been so highly revered in that city in this city that I'm in Houston and has really put up hall of fame numbers. It's it's you know it's one of those rob looks like will the fans and you do criticize him and I've always said listen as much as we compliment players. So they're not above criticism either because this is not personal the fact of the matter is Jose Altuve as having a hard time throwing the ball to. First and second base yet the series before he was going fine. Now there is speculation and or the talk that he's a guy who is so good to his teammates and this has been the talk in the city for a couple of months he struggled at the plate during the regular season. Rodman, we've always been. You know he's always operate hitter that he's been carrying this burden around. Then you know with through the cheating part and the stealing of signs that if everybody said, well, he didn't do it. You have to care so much that is run on him. All you know whether people believe that or not that's up to them but that that feeling that well, it's wearing on him he's he's mentally beatdown and emotionally beat down and it's affected him not only at the plate but now that he's done this and that he wears that emotion and it's hard for him to overcome now I. talked to the GM today James Click and he said I don't know if that he goes I. I'm not sure that's the reason he's pressing and he goes to the series before he played good. Say he played good second base for it so and when I asked if he you know like the the the consideration of what you put him at d. h. and move somebody else does he? Said no and I get that part you WanNa let veterans fight through it but you also there's the part of the respect factor even though he's winning games matters I think he's been get so many skins in the game and and and and on the wall as far as trophies and what he's done and that lifetime achievement award that I think that they would feel it would be disrespectful to him. Now, if he boots to more balls than it's going to be bad decision or those away should I say but yeah, it's been tough and especially coming from a guy who's been so consistent as career, it looks like he's mentally tired after this season, it really does. It does Shawn what about the reaction from the fans in Houston I mean obviously had a great world series when they won in two thousand, seventeen and people love the whole thing on how this team was put together. They fell in love with the team and then you know to just hear the way you know this whole scandal went down or the talk of it. Were people indifferent about the making it this far or were they embracing the team? Well from this is a rob I know this football state you'd you'd be you wouldn't be, but people be shocked to know that. When you rep for instance, we bring up to as name today and you can't keep people off the phones I? Mean they this is a baseball town and maybe it's because with Bill O'Brien they and then now he's not here but they haven't trusted the football team. They've trusted the baseball team and now that they're winning, they feel like this is the franchise it gives them the best chance every year. Well, you know after the scandal they went through the off season and know how people get sensitive when you question even when. It was self inflicted and it was self inflicted, and then we go through all those emotions. Well, every other team was doing or other teams were you go through the excuse snake into the confidence to the swagger to the fighting back all those thing heading into this year with Cova, kicking in and the lander then going not pitching and Garrett Cole sign and elsewhere and going through I think the expectations while high because there's the census swagger in this town you feel like at times and I mean this sincerely that you were. Talking about a team like the Yankees on twenty, twenty, seven banners like winning the world series and three. Now Four Straight American League Championship series. There's a swagger in this town of eighteen. That's like his spirit that I mean that's how they think and that's okay. These fans been so long without a I mean they went after Bagwell and busier they struggled with hundred law season. So there's this feeling of pride like see we told you so and then this season comes up I've said it on my show people said I, didn't. Expect this I didn't expect them to get this far and I think for some fans. It's like that middle finger like see. Well, we went farther than the Yankees are we would probably nobody thought we'd be here see we're not just a trash. Can you know beating the traffic and we were good before we're going to be good after it. So there's a sense of pride a sense of insecurity, a sense of fightback, all those things that go with the motions and I completely understand it but I don't think many people even. Some people within that organization did not expect after Colbert and injuries, and the way they were struggling swinging the bat and the controversy coming out of it. I nobody expected them to get by Minnesota. Let alone going in the AFC one of the vision yet. They still think they're the best team in the division, but they just thought they went too much i. Think right now there's a sense of pride that they've got to this point even though the down three and there's a sense there some that's still a semi delusional like we all aren't finds about, but they're going to win four straight, I? Guess it could happen. But this team takes a lot of pride in the Houston Astros and they will fight back because. They go on twitter obviously it all the time. When you say about the Astros they will battle. You sense it doesn't matter what went on. So I give them a lot of credit for rallying behind their team, but there's a sense of sensitivity should I. Say about their team and when you talk about their players because they feel like we don't get treated like the dodgers of. The Yankees or the Red Sox and they feel in Houston like over the last four years they should because their performance notwithstanding two thousand seventeen but I think the proud of their team and they still think they got a chance to I think they also realize that reality kicking in old three against the best team in baseball. This year is a is a is a tough you'll decline. I his name is Sean Salisbury Sean Man. Thank you for the insight we appreciate it on the Astros and where they are. Thanks again buddy. I. Appreciate I. Guarantee If you ask Rob, they think they're coming back to win the world series next year. That's the hard core. Good fans here I appreciate you brother. Keep up the great work. He's by Carmen. 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"billy beane" Discussed on WFAN Sports Radio_FM
"I'm watching 45 sports at a time that Thursday night football game that we thought was going to be a dud was really compelling, Weirdly. Those were duds of teams, but it was a compelling football game. And the baseball man and the baseball of the country. But if I could be a little myopic on the West Coast, and I think I can because of what happened the Padres against the Cardinals back against the wall. Rewarding wonder what a baseball game and then you've got the old days for the first time in the Billy Beane era ever. That they were able to in a decisive playoff game winner goes on loser doesn't Advance and then the doctors who are incredible. Which brings me to one of my favorite guys out their World Series champion, which is a very cool way. You know, human life is complicated. There's a lot of things that you know that you, Khun D'oh. Really cool to have World Series champion attached to it. Long time Major Leaguer Dodgers analyst He was a Yankee is a cobbler's a Dodger and my buddy Jerry Hairston Jr on the show, Jerry Holy Cow. The baseball's been fun the last few days. What's going on bill yet has been a lot of really good games. A lot of Good, close out games and you know, at first, I wasn't thrilled about this type of format. Never really thrilled about three game. Siri's But if you're gonna have a wild car series, I think that's the way to go. It's better than that one game play in Game two to get in the playoffs, but we've had in the past if they could figure out a way to do this next year. Where you make sure that the number one and number two seed did not have to play a three game series. I think I think it could be here to stay because it's been excited. I do love that idea. Reduce a little bit The variance Jerry Here's in junior here on the show, and Jerry I worried about the Dodgers. I frankly did another, the best team in baseball. I get it, but just anybody can lose. Anybody could lose two games in a row or two out of three in baseball and Clayton Kershaw and pretty magnificent a magical fashion last night. Major. That wasn't going to the case here. Eight innings 13 strikeouts, Want three hits and a single based on balls. What did you make of Kershaw this stage of his career with that kind of performance. So I've known played for a long time. You know, I faced him. You know, years ago I got a chance to be a steam and I've got a chance to watch him now doing TV for the Dodgers the last seven years. I think especially not just this postseason started out by saying which was epic. I think this is the best I've seen Clayton Kershaw pitch. Remember His velocity is not 96 97 anymore, but the velocity still run 93 Miles an hour 92. He has a slider. That sometimes acts like a cutter sometimes acts like that, You know, John smoke slider from the left side. And he is just so dominant news that slider so well before in the past, he's used a power fastball and that power curve ball. He still has those two pitches, but I think his best pissed now is that slider that sometimes acts like a cutter. I mean, it's so hard for Big league hitters square that up, but if they do, they're beating it into the ground. Ah, lot of swinging this yet 20 swing and misses on a slider last night. So again. He's a different picture. But he was 70 years ago. But I would say that he's a better picture now that he was fact and even though he was more dominant than these are more cerebral picture. Now, and last night, he looked like postseason Andy Pettitte. And that is the highest compliment. I could pay. Clayton Kershaw. He was that Dominic. Jerry Hairston Jr here on the program, talking some Dodgers and some baseball with us one interesting. Thing that we saw last night and I'm not trying to be negative. Jeremy just want your perspective is after Kershaw handed over that what? Three run lead after eight Incredible innings. It was not Kenley Jansen, who came out to close out the game. What do you expect from the bullpen and just Dave Roberts decision making as now the playoffs move forward for the Dodgers. Yeah, well, you know, you're right Bill. Click records say Kenley Jansen did not close the game out last night for the Dodgers. And you know the night before you know, his velocity was was really weighed down. You know, your family, you know, wasn't throwing 95 97 this year like he has in the past with that cutter over. He's usually around 91 92. He threw some cutters the other night around 86 88 89 miles an hour. And that's something that you know, I'm sure the pitching coach Mark Pryor has addressed. I know Manager Dave Roberts. You mentioned that night. There was little bit concerning maybe a little tired. It wanted make sure he gives them arrest. But you're trying to win the world Serious is really all hands on deck. It's not about hurting anybody's feelings. It's all about winning baseball games in advancing Kremlin. Jackson needs a day to kind of Rest in a couple days Now, heading into the NLDS. You have to do it, you know, And you bring a young man like the bazooka. We call him. First on this young man. Gradel is unbelievable. Man goes about 100 1 Miles an hour with some run. He's got a pretty good slider, and he's not scared man. This kid game in the game last night, got it and threw it and he was very impressive. Jerry Hairston Jr here on the program writer than you I'm Bill writer on CBS.
"billy beane" Discussed on A's Plus
"Yeah well, again I was SORTA based on history, but you get you know that history really wasn't nestle, these teams but but certainly last couple years even eighteen and nineteen we didn't exactly start you know right out of the gate. So but I think the awareness helps a lot. I think the other thing that helped us coming into this year we basically have the core of our team come back. So, there wasn't a tremendous amount of changes. So I think that this a little bit I, think, Bob and his staff did a tremendous job. You know listen when this thing started us in Cleveland and I think Theo and Chicago we were really aggressive about shutting down champs right. into the point where I mean I, think you know some of the players weren't happy now we weren't. Allowing access, and mainly it was the safety of all of our employees including our players. Our number one issue. And the fact that we're able to sort of you know I think be very careful and very serve respectful given the pandemic and then come out and be as prepared. I think was again that's a credit to Bob in his staff because you know we kept in touch with Bob and he kept in touch with the email and pitchers. And in their own sort of off off site way, they're able to stay prepared and when we got into Camp I, think that that helps a lot and and so. Y- CHAPA given said we we opened a little later and that wasn't because you know the as wanted to open just because you know we're dealing with different rules in different counties and that's the quickest we could and so you know to get through all that and start like this is good. You know because. You can't afford to get off to a slow start. In a sixty game season this I'm guessing this is certainly think since I've been. The baseball, office by the best we've had since I've been here. That's that's for sure. Yeah I in twenty nine games in the best record in the American League it's. GotTa, be thrilled with that. What have you felt like the team does best besides hit a walk off Grand Slams..
"billy beane" Discussed on WXYT CBS Sports Radio 1270
"Looking there it seems like every other day somebody would get hurt they would win another player would get hurt I mean to lose their keys to a combination of and be without one of their main starters basically all year it's incredible what they've done kudos to can mark of the first cousin of hell new Hauser the tiger great here's a pitch high and outside the medically his fourth year almost didn't come back he actually decided to part ways of the ETS last year we always a former catcher he's brilliant he's a terrific guy and what a job he has done with this ballclub one automatically swing and a miss good changeup from berries ito it was a letter from the owner Lew Wolff is said that you know we just want to express our gratitude that prompted can market to pick up the phone call Billy dean to express his gratitude maglia swings and popped up foul and that one will be out of the reach of Swisher there's an example of bounce on the dirt warning track but still feet and feet at least away from Swiss through give it a try but there's no way could come no closer so we picked up the phone call Billy Beane the conversation the next day they said well what about a return what about you coming back yeah at three already parted ways and sure enough two days later they had a three year deal here's the pitch in the dirt and can market just one of the nice guys of course he's I believe from the US state of Pennsylvania yeah that's more well you know Jim Leila just raise the the job that he has done here's a fastball high and outside a full count on or doing is in a scoreless game second inning Meg will not a lot of success against leaders who mentioned not many do in his August lineup right hander better against lefties veto the pit swing and a foul over the screen just to our right the Tigers have had actually surprising success given the lack of runs scored a member that one year O. three O. four to the real down years for the tiger we were scratching out one nothing enough to have one wins over zero here's a ground ball the third that can about a gold Glover.
"billy beane" Discussed on A's Plus
"Out. If IT'S A one game playoff you can rest assured the Tampa is going to be playing a match from any want. I want all the way through the game and Because they have the guys to do it and and I think you'll see that more and more as long as a one game playoff matchup starting from the first pitch of the game and That's an option. We'll have as well but again shot certainly pitched off pitch last night and Thursday and If we plan plan that Wednesday he certainly will be well west at in that a bad guy to take ball in a one game playoff. Obviously you don't need five starters. It's probably maybe two at the most so you can load up Bench beyond that. How much of a challenge does a playoff roster than become because you guys might have some Tricky decisions particularly in the outfield. Now that Stephen Piscotty is back off the I l.. He's got a very good track record in the postseason but you know really almost all your fielders. I guess it's a good problem to have have really performed well Doing their specific jobs. I think. Robbie Grossman actually goes a little underrated. He does. That's exactly what you guys got him to do gets on base. He plays well in the outfield But really everyone out there has has performed really well. Yeah no I mean even Steven you know we still you know still test even got to get through the other thing too is. He hasn't addle obviously a lot of game. Time is really you know you'll have the minor leagues to go Rehab and get a few bats so you know we'll still have to evaluate him over the course of the next couple of days here In Seattle to see a that's a realistic option But listen a healthy. Stephen Piscotty makes us a better team. That's and having too many having too. Many good players is a good problem to have. So we'll again. Those are all things career after two as uniqueness of a Wild card is at you. You're setting your roster for one game at a series so you know you'll you there's guys in a one game that you know you'll definitely would activate a Playa gave her seven game which definitely wouldn't activate a one game so it's it's in just one game and you've got to just here for one day we'll see what the roster Hopefully get there is if we got a good shot and you know the reason you and I keep saying this right. 'cause as we both know Bobby Melvin really well and you would. You would go crazy if you both you and I were assuming we're going to be in the cloud so now you just say the word potential benefit right. Now we're doing just really don't know Bob that's just as you could never say something's for sure until it's for sure that's that's one of the views of them lots of if in potentials so now it now the last two welker games as were in. Obviously we're on the road and I know how how much the team would like to have a a the game at home because of that. The wildcard history right now is in great. The playoffs I in general have been kind of a tough road. The team is there a lot more than most clubs But obviously getting past a first-round. That's only happened once over last fifteen. Sixteen years What's the stress level involved for the front office knowing that? Is there any extra sort of added pressure. Or how do you approach. The postseason season was sort of the weight of history. Yeah you know it's funny. I've ever had a couple of games that were really tough games. I've mentioned publicly. The Kansas City gained Mainly because it just your what five outs away. That was a gut punch and such stranger. Are All the way round up up and in the red sox with Derek Gaming when you have to scrape pitches. She's struggling Now US terrence long there with second third down the one that was tough. But I've always you know the postseason. What's we kind of get their beyond some of the things? We're talking about the rosters that we would discuss staff staff. You know how to do so. I've always kinda found a way to try and really until Again there's We'll have particularly good luck in the in the postseason Komo in so but again. That's that's part of the deal but I'd always enjoyed it and I don't You know beyond those two games I I kinda just sit back and and appreciate the the great year. We had an trying to look around because our marketplace on back definitely. I made like you know it's never going to be back. You know. We were obviously different financial situation in the post clubs and we have we have our turnover So James Become very very smart. So I always try and enjoy it. Just appreciate the moment to be honest with you And you'd be by by a Mike Demeanor GonNa Plavsic. Who as as far different is season? Anybody tell you that. So this is not one of those. Brad Pitt's driving around the the cranes in the port part stressing out or you you working out for the entire game situations who actually your stress levels is less than we might imagine. It actually actually is. Yeah those surprisingly hip funny fact Bob had to bring you back. We had that. Gosh we have that loss against the Kansas. The city trade on Friday night the second game. We can't see ended up Monday right and and I was like just like frustrated. I'd like to leave. Love wasn't quite that didn't sound that happy and folksy above kind of brought me back there isn't he goes you know. We just played sixteen days in a row and we went thirteen and three also gains route. The road I want you know you're right Bob so I mean he kind of reminded. Maybe you know when you when you're grinding it out for the Plas you just every game is just so intensive you. Don't WanNa lose any and you know here was Bob and BOB member. Tell me they the guys that just busted Iran's had a great series to Houston went into taxes Just really an amazing road trip and then came in this a sixteenth straight games. We play and get some really good opponents certainly Houston and we were thirteen to three and I was grinding it out on on that one game in in Kansas City That is in the post season. I really do train appreciate the Of the players of of the people around him with the staff and I like you know it's it's the one time you know it's one time will wear a suit to the game and You know it's nice to have at the past is that we get for their appreciate. Those little small things is again. You don't sit back and And it's just a kind of a neat atmosphere that You know everybody you've experienced in front office and we've been fortunate enough to do it ten times and would like to keep doing it. Well that's my last question is kind of about that because this yes. There are no guarantees for the future. But this team sets up pretty well for the next few years partic- particularly when it comes to the you know young core the guys on the corners in and the pitching how. How do you know tough to project? Sure but how do you see things here with it with potential window You're in the Astros Division. I understand that. And they're not gonNA make it easy but Ah Listen I I kinda thought you know the first half. The season was going to be a necessary bridge. Horace mainly because what we talked about the starting fishing waiting for some on these injured pox to get back in and we had a little setback was on spring training but But I thought at the end of the year we we'd be a good club But I thought that it would be again. That would be a little bit of a bridge at the beginning of the year that we throw going into going into next is still I feel. I think we also really good about about this group of guys that are are very bullish going forward. There's so many things that we know can happen to change that but I think going into law season rebels on the way indices. She's GonNa feel really good about this team experts while to which is which is nice. I mean you know I remember you know when when which was a great you know. That's that's only great teams here in terms of personalities and making things memorable the oh six closer surprising urine. People don't expect to win it frank. Thomas had a we got a hall of Famer who played for his first year. That just you know resurrecting his career It was really a lot of fun. But you know that going into the seventies he just it it just. I wasn't going to be something that we're going to be able to sustain As opposed to the previous group you know when we the first group had here. The Hudson Polar Zito years. And I've never Kepler Kepler list of this boat when you're young you say down things will we got. I think we got knocked out in two thousand in the playoffs and we were so young and I remember saying. Hey this the worst Steve Next let Ibero said that. Fortunately the players Navy right is really dumping But I I felt good going to thousands as I just knew that he was gonna be really good for sustained period of time and I feel the same way about screw up here. It's it's a young group which group is set for years. I think we should be very competitive. Game at least for the future million. Thanks so much for joining us On as plus and we're glad to hear that you could actually enjoy a potential postseason will thank you Susan good chatting and we we hope we fantastic bets. Thanks again to billy bean for joining us. On as plus our producers today have been King Kaufman and band G Allen Johnson. We will be back next week with more as plus thanks for listening. Ace Plus as part of the San Francisco Chronicle podcast network. Audrey Cooper is the editor in chief. 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"billy beane" Discussed on A's Plus
"Players. What goes into that because again? So you know Seth Brown comes up and starts tearing it up immediately. Sean Murphy comes up and he oh he's been in a little bit of a funk with a bat but he's had an immediate impact behind the plate and he was hitting initially at obviously puck. Lazardo how do you determine when the best time is to bring guys up and and you know with the hopes that they could actually contribute on a regular basis was. Sometimes you don't have the luxury of picking when a young player comes up sometimes. It comes out of urgency or sesame but I I think the way we've always liked your time guys especially Murphy's case and even going back. Timmy Hudson I think we've always looked at it like whistle. We we call a guy particular guy we know is going to be here for her. We thank you for a long time. When they come up number one that they a have an opportunity to play and then ultimately succeed in that? When we do bring a Bob they'll never have to go back again and so I in our that is picking spots what's Making sure that the they already and you know we've been. I think pretty successful in doing that. I mean again. I think it's a test players. We've had some really good object players that don't allow you to set back but in South Ralph's cases. Kind of interesting One of the few times in my career. We've been very right handed. Heavy here is Atlanta which we are now and we went down to Vegas myself and David Johnson Did cavill down there to to watch a game and and you know having a great year long a lot of guys down there but he's always been sort of a guy who's you know there's always been guys in front of it also didn't help him that one of the best young first base. The game plays for the ace Matt Olsen so We were down there and Having a great year but You know people people aren't really talking about it because we're looking at just the first base and we got Maddie. Their in the big leagues goes on. He Hits Two home runs. It was funny. We started having conversations that you'll say no except Brown. And how was it. You know we talked to Fran about him playing the outfield France and he was right these He could be more than adequate out there. which has and so again? The opportune at the Kansas City was when he came up immediately had an impact as he said he's been an important part of the club. You're the last month and a half and again I think it's a credit the players they go out and produce and if they do okay you're gonNA get chats. That's the one thing about here what we don't do is you know we've. I've never been a team that says. Hey you know we're going to wait you know for arbitration things like that. When guys are ready we think we bring them up and we try to show the ready Our history suggests that didn't go back to what Brett Anderson Trevor K.. Hill and Houston Street. Were guys who have little in the minor leagues we've players is ready for the big leagues and we think he's GonNa stay. We bring them up and again. We've been somewhat lucky and it's also credit to the player development system in all sorts scouting staff that we've the the the towel to choose from that allows guys to come up enough success. Yeah you could almost argue that some of these guys coming up in producing the way they have is like almost like a Late season trade. You know bringing in fresh guys who are immediately jumping in and helping in that sort of a vein Sean. Mugniyah might be one one of the best editions all season. I know there were some initial concerns when he started his rehab assignment is the velocity. Wasn't necessarily great. I don't think he looked super sharp but he comes what's up September first and since then he's just been looks dominating. What are your impressions of what he's done particularly coming off a shoulder surgery which I know as you yourself know? There's no guarantees coming off his shoulder. Surgery now listen you know. And and this needs to be said to a lot of players others here in Beijing player talents and great people. One things sean that really sticks out beyond the fact that He's always than accountable. I performance by that when we sitting down spelled almost two years and he's really been a very good pitcher really struggling in every week. You know Kinda sit down and trying to figure out what was going on and Sean made no excuses in an always stuck out. You know that Hal Accountable. He was that's always been the entire time with us as you know. He's a really great kid. He's funny He's got a great personality. The more than anything you know. He's he's not an excuse maker Eker so was interesting when he went on Rehab. You know he said it wasn't all smooth for about then again. We probably didn't help about throw. Throw it Vegas South easiest place to depicts but he finished at all levels and he was it was just Okay and David had a conversation in the starting rotation was doing very very well at the time. We didn't necessarily necessarily have a lot of outreach crazy now. Watching the way bitch right that you spot false but We told hey listen you know we're going to get another start out here Were trying to figure out how it's going to slot in no point to John Ever to say hey I'm ready to go put me out there. You really thought about the team. I and Again that's him being accountable. He's a great teammate and So when he did come up In immediately he was round of the Games as good is yes and he hasn't released missed a beat since then it was a huge shot. Yar Come at a better a better time. Here we are. You know get ready for you know potentially A one game plow for the either tampered the Indians right now two very good teams and to have an option like sean the potentially start that game. Well that's that's that's something. Two months ago we thought was really going to be. The case is absolutely spectacular. He reminds winds me a little bit. You know when you watch him pitch and this goes back this the way she a little bit even for you. Susan was only John Tudor. Similar style L.. John Tutor When he was the cardinals I think it was eighty five dominate year? And you know it just you know left-hander kind of below three quarter delivery. You know fastball. It gets on guys just very efficient. Shot provides he physically. Active tutor tutoring Liz bigger shop but is fishing styles very similar. What tutored okay? You're a week opening up a forest here another. Maybe another month through October. Yeah you mentioned. China's potential wildcard starter. If you guys get that far you you actually have like a surprising number of riches for a potential wildcard starter. Or you know if you're trying to line things up for moving beyond on that Fires obviously has pitched very well the bulk of the year In had real. I think it was unbeaten in twenty one starts at tough to do better than that homer Bailey has been very good for the most part particularly at home really everybody. Almost everybody has performed really well this season. How do you see those those decisions? What what goes into making those decisions as you set up your potential wildcard starter and then a possible rotation beyond that? Yeah well I mean I you want you. You don't even. You're not if you take a guy. Like Justin Burland Orlando. When he's with the Tigers he doesn't matter who's Pitcher to get? You know he's going to be your your game one starter and now. That's the ideal situation. Then the great thing for us is so. You've mentioned light expert amazingly consistent for us it that little blip with a form issue in Texas but came right back in fact I I thought actually weird way. That was a really psychologically. There was a big game for us. and physically was because bike fits so well against taxes that Friday night anti-gay the bullpen. An extra day off. Ah Radically huge. And so sean is two likely candidates for that. I mean it's a good problem to have. Certainly the matchup will come into play WHO's Let's you don't Wanna get ahead of yourself but the good thing about the one who doesn't start that game the other one will be available. You know when when you go forward so it's kind of it's a good problem to have side with that being said it's you know Jonah's been almost perfect since he's come back back and I'd say right now if you have started I think we all feel good but we'd also like star that game too. You know the one thing we know was that You know these are options. We didn't think we potentially have if you ask me at the beginning of the year at that we have and again that to homer to WHO's been especially at home has has been so good You know that also gives you a potential option. You know how the you know if you need somebody Early again. You these wild card games and trust me if you've in your face of Tampa You're going to be playing a match up game with them. They're gonNA be playing with you. Excuse me the whole game. You know. They've got some amazing options. Help look at Charlie Morton Obviously Star but they've also got snell.
"billy beane" Discussed on A's Plus
"Hello and welcome to as plus the San Francisco Chronicle's podcast on the Oakland A.'s. And Major League Baseball. I'm your host chronicle as beat writer Susan's Lesser Today as vice president of baseball operations. Billy beane joins us to talk about his team's remarkable season and a potential playoff roster including possible wildcard starting options plus the teams biggest surprises this year. All of that next on as plus today on as plus podcast as vice president of baseball operations. Billy beane joins us. The timing in is perfect however as we take this the as have not yet clinched wildcard spot. We are talking on Friday in Seattle with the with the as as Potentially on the verge of clinching a playoff spot. So some of these answers. If you're listening to this podcast is might have already clinched but I think the loss still be pertinent. Billy thanks for joining us First of all With three games left here and your team in a in a very good position although not yet clinched what sort of your overall take on the season. That team team has had in the position that you're in now will regard. This is one of those years regardless of what happens in very much older destiny in our own hands. We just need to win one game but again at the one's GonNa roll over for us but regardless of any whatever the outcome is I've been extremely proud of the everybody body. I mean the players staff. I mean the people that work around me obviously David Right in right hand guy that all the people in the front office but really events satisfying year Mainly because you know and you know Susan you covers on a daily basis. I mean I can honestly tell you We weren't quite sure what we're GONNA do starting rotation and you know to somehow You know everybody's sort of band together Put together starting rotation Asian put together one. That was became really one of the strengths of the club. And the do it. We've done up to this. Point is that six lances is again. It's I think a lot of AH obviously a lot of people responsible. I think are very very proud of the accomplishments. And it's been in some sense. It's been one of the more enjoyable seasons I've had since I've taken GEICO job and and we get a great group. I said kids because they are a bunch of young guys but it's a great group of players and a great staff so it's been a lot of fun. Yeah you mentioned the rotation and I mean I think coming into the season people would have expected that the rotation with you know Something of an unknown at the very least and that the bullpen would continue. Continue to be a major strength Chris Davis would continue to hit a lot of home. Runs a lot of things over the course of the season. Every team of course has obstacles but there of something sort of went a little bit backwards. The team has to deal with Frankie Montas getting suspended right when he takes over sort of the ace. Ace Chris Davis goes into a power slim for for essentially two months. And then Lake Trenton. and Lou Trevino really struggle the fact that the team has been able to overcome those things and really find strengths links in other areas as you mentioned the rotation Is has that been surprising to you. Because obviously it's a front office who sorta project some things and expect some things just like the rest of us. Yeah it has been surprising and if you told me all the things that you just mentioned. We're going to happen that way. I would have been very concerned about what the season would have. Let's say there's that's again that's a testament to You know some of the other guys who've stepped up I mean you think about the continued emergence of a guy like up or Yana. Donna mark. Cana I mean what an amazing earmark has had and you know and then you combine only Marx offensive production. But the fact that you in Lorient went down we you know I say this. Because it's happening seamlessly moved into Centerfield which is you know pretty demanding position so So yeah there's been for all the the things that the obstacles we've had to overcome you know there's been somebody equally who's coming in stepped in and taken up the slack. I mean you have one unheralded guys on our team. Amos up petit. I mean he's been unbelievable. This year at bent an inpatient so many different roles out of the bullpen and has been outstanding so And Hendrix again. You know for every for every guy that You know stumbled a little bit. We've had somebody there pick them up. Which is ultimately what a team that wins ninety? Six Games is going to have to have. And we've we've had and I remember the day when largest and we found out about launches You Know David if we have not to be together For game or something for supper and we usually talk six seven times a day. We just all day long. We're always in communication it's non somewhere he's somewhere and all I know is he's family taxes. Give me a call and I go. Oh so So I wasn't good news and And when we heard AH first of all you've done so well that points are arguing all star and then you know the the you know. The depth of the pitching was a concern anyway. Isn't it just to lose a guy like David Spitzer while I really thought at the possibility of being a body blow and as it turned out again the credit right Anderson through my fires and the guys were that rotation days somebody came in and picked up the slack and so it's been one of those years and listen you know teams that have this kind of success have to have read stories like this and it's up in uh-huh different with us. Yeah you mentioned petite and and middle relief really has been sort of one of the maybe tougher areas. I think for the team this year. They've been in some struggles there this last say month or so starting maybe in late August it the team brought up some of the young guys. Aj A puck Lazardo nephew other guys. Now who who may be infill kind of that a we're kind of piggybacking since that's what happens in the minor leagues. I think it you guys aren't quite doing that. It's not like a star goes four innings and then somebody else comes in and goes four innings But what is your is this. This sort of the new opener is the new. Do you know potential way to handle keeping maybe the starter going through posing lineup more than maybe twice take maybe three times a yes all those things up. I mean you know if you even if you look at the season Historically at least more recent history. Three guys mcandrew Miller who's now with a cardinal style guys who can throw multiple innings Somewhere in the middle of become really really big factors in the postseason. And what's face in our situation with the competitiveness with With the WILDCARD TEAMS TAMPA IN CLEVELAND. Now you have to look at from August on as like the postseason so You know having guys kind of stop and having the guy who can go that long and given the fact that as you said we've We scuffled time so that middle relief. In fact I think I saw statistic which is like it begin again. told me this this district that was going to be applied to our team eye doctors that way. We're GONNA be in this thing but I think we've actually blonde more leads than any team or late leads the team in baseball. which again I mean how we sort of navigated around a stat like that? It's pretty Pretty Amazing again credit to Bob and his staff at biggest credit. It goes to the pitchers but having a having guys you can throw. Multiple landings is just a nice a weapon for Bob to have back. I know when we first discussed Hawk we discuss was Ardo coming in performing in that role. I know Bob was pretty excited about it. He's used it really real. Well I mean starting with Lazar. Do you think Charles voight games. We have port games. We had this shows that used to game with was out came in and just You nailed it down. And then he came in Texas. Same thing that the same thing so Recently obstinate only using I think now bob feels comfortable using them in any situation the bullpen. So you may seem a bunch of different roles and I think the AJ's role is Somewhat similar roster. You guys had sim- similar Similarities this time of the season because you also time time some young players Call ups really well Lazardo. I mean Laureano came up fairly late last year Nick Martini came in in September timber and had a real big impact throughout that month and hit leadoff in the wildcard game. I talked to David during the off season last year. About the front office's ability to sort of time these moves with younger.
"billy beane" Discussed on A's Plus
"How's it you know we talked about him playing the outfield in France and they said hey could be more than adequate out there which he has so well we gave me opportunity. Kansas City was when he came up immediately had an impact act the said he's. He's been an important part of the club. You're the last up month and a half and I I think it's a cramp players. They will go out and produced and if they do in Oakland get chats. That's the one thing about here what we don't do. Is You know we've never been team. That says hey you know we're. GonNa wait you. You know for arbitration things like that. When guys are ready we think they are. We bring them up and we try and make sure the ready. Our history suggests that you didn't go back to what after Senate said Trevor K. Hill and Houston street were guys who have pitched very little in the minor leagues. We've we've been players ready for the big leagues and we think he's GonNa stay. We bring them up and a we've been lucky it's also credited vomit system in all sorts gatting staff that we've had the towel to choose from that allows guys to come loves. It says yeah you could almost argue that some of these guys coming up and producing the way they have like almost like a late season trade you know bringing in fresh guys who are immediately jumping in and helping in that sort of Vein Sean Mugniyah. It might be one of the best dishes all season. I know there were some initial concerns concerns when he started his rehab assignment is the velocity wasn't necessarily great. I don't think he super sharp but he comes up September first and since then he's just been ah you know looks dominating what your impressions of what he's done particularly coming off a shoulder surgery which I know you yourself know. There's no guarantees coming off shoulder surgery now and this needs to be said to a lot of players in Beijing player talents and a great people wanted things sean that really sticks out beyond the fact that he's a great baseball player. He's always been accountable for his performance. Let me by that when we sitting down about an almost two years and he's really he was a very good pitcher and they was really struggling every week you know kind of sitting down and trying to figure out what was going on it and Sean made no excuses always stuck out you know that Allah countable he was he. That's always been the entire time with us as you know. He's a really really great kid. He's funny. He's got a great personality the one anything you know he's he's not an excuse maker so it was interesting when he went on Rehab. You said it wasn't all smooth for about then again. We probably didn't help about by throw throw it. Vegas south easiest place to depict but you fish at all levels and he was he it was just okay and I know David had a conversation into starting rotation was doing very very well at the time and we didn't necessarily have a place to slot out seats crazy now watching wait fits right that you went on slot forms but we told China hey listen. You know we're ready to get out of here trying to figure out how it's GonNa Slot in at no point did John on ever to say hey. I you know I'm ready to go. Put me out there. You really thought about the team I and again. That's him being accountable. He's a great teammates. It's and so did come up immediately. He was good. He is and he hasn't really missed a beat since then Stanley. It was a huge shot Yar ready. It couldn't have come at a better a better time here. We Are you know get ready for you know potentially a one game playoff for the with either pampered. Indians right now two very good teams and to have an option like Sean to potentially start at game well. That's that's that's something two months ago. We thought was really going to be the case is just absolutely spectacular. Talent reminds me a little bit. You know when you watch him pitch richness. It goes back way back machine a little bit even for you. Susan was on John Tudor similar style John Tudor when he was the cardinal sin. I think it was eighty five at a dominant year and you know it. Just you know left-hander below three quarter delivery fastball. It gets on guys and just you know very efficient. Sean reminds you physically reminder tutor. Tutoring lessons biggest shot but is fishing styles very similar. What tutor did that year. It's a week hoping he put up a forest horsley another. Maybe another month over yeah you mentioned China's potential wildcard starter. If you guys get that far you you actually sort of have a surprising number of riches for potential wildcard starter war you know if you're trying to line things up for moving beyond that fires obviously has pitched very well all the bulk of the year in it had. I think it was unbeaten in twenty one starts at tough to do better than that. Homer Bailey has been very good for the most how's part-particularly at home really every almost everybody has performed really well this season. How do you see those decisions. What what goes into making those decisions decisions as you set up your potential wildcard starter and then a possible rotation beyond that well I mean I you you you don't even if a guy's really throwing you take a guy like Justin verlander tigers. It doesn't matter WHO's Pitcher to get shoot. No He's going to be your your game one starter and now that's the ideal situation the great thing for us is mentioned by expert amazingly consistent for us the Little Blip with a forum issue in Texas but came right back in fact. I I thought actually weird way. That was really psychological. It was a big game for us. and physically was because Mike Pitch so well against taxes that Friday night andy gave the bullpen an extra day off round the huge and so when going to likely candidates for that I mean it's it's a good problem to have certainly the matchup will come into play. Who's let's you don't. WanNa get ahead of yourself but the good thing about the the one who doesn't start that game the other one would be available when you go forward so it's kind of a AH. It's a good problem to have side but that being said it's you know Jonah's been almost perfect since he's come back and you know I'd say right now if if if you start there I think we all feel good but we'd also star that game two now. The one thing we know is that you know these are options. We didn't think we'd potentially edge. We have if you ask me at the beginning of the year and again that homer to WHO's been especially at home has been so good. you know that also gives you potential option and then you know if you need somebody early again you wild card games and trust me if you if you're facing Tampa you're going to be playing a match up game with them. They're gonNA be playing with you. Excuse me the whole game. You know they've got some amazing options health plan when you look at Charlie Morton obviously star but they've also got snell all the back boss now. If it's one game plan you can rest assured the Tampa is going to be playing the match of from anyone all the way through the game because they have the guys is to do it and and I can see that more as long as one game playoff. You'RE GONNA see matchup starting from the first pitch of the game and that's an option we'll have as well but again the shot certainly e- pitched off pitch last night on Thursday and if we plan that Wednesday he certainly will be low west at in a the ball now in a one game playoff obviously you don't need five starters. It's probably maybe two who at the most so you can load up your son bench beyond that how much of a challenge does a playoff roster than become because you guys might have some tricky decisions particularly particularly in the outfield now that Stephen Piscotty is back off the I l. He's got a very good track record in the postseason but you know really almost all your outfielders. I guess it's a good the problem to have have really performed well doing their specific jobs. I mean I think Robbie Grossman actually goes a little underrated. He does exactly what you guys got him to do. He gets on base. He plays wellness on the outfield but really everyone out. There has has performed really well. Yeah no Stephen you know we still there's still some tests. Even young gotta get through the other thing too is. He hasn't had obviously a lot of game time. There's really you know you'll have Atlanta Leagues to go. Rehab and get a few at bat so you know we'll still have to evaluate him of course the next couple of days here in Seattle to see That's a realistic option but listen a healthy Stephen. Piscotty makes us a better team. That's just and having too many having too. Many good players is a good problem to have so we'll again. Those are all things we have to sign. Nothing to the uniqueness of a up wildcard is at you. You're setting your roster for one game out of series so you know. You'll you guys in a one game that you know you'll. You've definitely would activate a game seven game which definitely wouldn't activate in a one game so it's it's. It's just one game and you've gotta just gear for one game. We'll we'll see what the roster makeup hopefully there is. If we got a good shot and you know the reason you and I keep saying this right 'cause we both know Bobby Melvin really well and he would you. You would go crazy if he'd do. Both you and I were assuming we're going to be in the cloud so now you're saying the word potential ops benefit right now. We're doing it everybody to know. Bob that this is you could never say something for sure until is for sure that's that's the news of them lots of ifs and potential so now the last two welker games as were in obviously we're on the road and I know how much team would like to have a the game at home because of the the wild card history right now is great the playoffs in general have been kind of a tough row that the team is there a lot more than most clubs but obviously getting past the first round. That's only happened once over last fifteen sixteen years. What's the stress level involved all for the front office knowing that is there any extra sort of added pressure or how do you approach. The postseason was sort of the weight of history it yeah you know it's funny. I've ever I've had a couple of games that were really tough games. I've mentioned a publicly the Kansas City game that was rough mainly because it just your what five five outs away that was it got punch and analysis such stranger all the way round and in the Red Sox Derek woke game great pitches strike out now use them long there with the second and third were down by one that that was tough but in the postseason what's we kind of get there. I mean beyond some of the things we're talking about the roster we would discuss staff. You know there's not a whole lot you can do so. I've always astound found a way to try and really enjoy again. There's we'll have particularly good luck in the in the postseason in so but again that's that's part the deal but I'd always sort of enjoyed it and I don't beyond those two games I kinda just sit back and and appreciate he's shaping the great year we had and trying to look around because in our marketplace. I've said this on back to me. I met you know you never know when you're gonNA be back you. We're obviously in a different financial situation the post clubs and we have we don't we have our turnover so the games become very very smart so I always trying finally appreciate the moment to be honest with you. and you'd be surprised by invite. Demeanor Ghana playoff situations far burgess the season any player that said this is not one of those Brad Pitt's driving around the the cranes in the port stressing out or you you working out for the entire game situations who actually your stress levels is less than we matton it is..
"billy beane" Discussed on A's Plus
"As plus podcast as vice president of Baseball Operations Billy beane joins us the timing is perfect however as we tape this the as have not yet clinched a wildcard spot we are talking on Friday in Seattle with the with the as potentially on the verge of clinching a playoff spot so some some of these answers if you're listening to this podcast is might have already clinched but I think they'll all still be pertinent. Billy thanks for joining us first of all with three games left hair and your team in a in a very good position although not yet clinched what sort of your overall take on the season that team has had in the position that you're in now. We'll regard you know. This is one of those years regardless of what happens and eat very much older destiny in our own hands. We just need to win one game but again at one's rollover floors but regardless of any whatever the outcome is. I've been extremely proud of the everybody I mean the players the staff I mean the people people at work around me obviously David right in right hand guy that all the people in the front office but really been satisfying year mainly because I you know and in your Susan you covers on a daily basis. I can honestly tell you We weren't quite sure what we're GONNA do with starting rotation and to somehow oh you know everybody's sort of band together. not only put together a starting rotation together one that was became really one of the strengths of the club and the to do what we've done up to. This point is act six lances again. It's a I think a Lotta. Obviously a lot of people responsible. I think we're very very proud of the accomplishments and it's been in some sense. It's been one of the more enjoyable seasons I've had since I've taken this job and we get a great group of I said kids because they are as young guys but it's a great group of players and great staff so it's been a lot of what you mentioned the rotation. I think coming into the season people would have expected that the rotation with you know something of an unknown at the very least and that the bullpen would continue to be a major strength. Chris Davis would continue continue to hit a lot of home runs a lot of things over the course of the season every team of course has obstacles but there something sort of went a little bit backwards the team he must deal with Frankie Montas getting suspended right when he takes over sort of the ace ace Chris Davis goes into a power slim for for essentially two months and then blake training and Luchino really struggle the fact that the team has been able to overcome those things and really find strength and other areas as you mentioned the rotation is it. Has that been surprising to you because obviously the front office he sort of project some things and expect. Something's just like the rest of us a yeah. It has been surprising and if you'd have told told me all the things that you just mentioned. We're going to happen that way. I would have been very concerned about what the actual if the season would have been and said you know there's at that's again. That's a testament testament to you know some guys. You've stepped up. I mean you think about the continued emergence of guy like Oreo Marquette. I mean what an amazing earmark has had ad and then you combine only Marx offensive production but the fact that you and Lorient went down and I say this because it's happened that way seamlessly boot to Centerfield which is pretty demanding position and so so yeah. There's been all for all the things obstacles we've had to overcome. You know there's been somebody somebody equally who's coming in stepped in taking up the slack. I mean you. WanNa unheralded guys on our team Petit. I mean he's been unbelievable. This year. It's been breath so many different roles out of the bullpen and has been outstanding so and Hendrix again you know forever brevity guy that you know stumbled a little bit. We've had to pick them up which is ultimately what a team that wins ninety six games. It's GonNa have to happen and we've we've had and I remember the day it but we are up when we found out about lots of mandated five we have not to be together for game or something for summaries and we usually talk six seven times a day. Just you know all day long. We're always in communication non somewhere he's somewhere and all I remember. He sent me a Texas. Give me a call and I go oh so so I knew it wasn't good news and you know first of all done so oh wealth at points with our arguments are all star and then you know the the the depth of the pitching was a concern anyways just to lose a guy like that. Who's pitching so well. I really thought at the possibility of being a body blow and as it turned turned out again the credit right Anderson the Mike Fires and the guys were that rotation somebody came in and picked up the slack and so it's been one of those years when you know teams that have this kind of success rate stories like this and it's no different US yeah you mentioned petite and and middle relief really has been sort of one of the maybe tougher areas I think for the team this year there have been some struggles there this last say month author or so starting. Maybe in late August it the team brought up some of the young guys age a Puck Hayseeds Lazardo Murphy other guys is now who who may be can fill that we're kind of calling it piggybacking since that's what happens in the minor leagues. You guys aren't quite doing that. It's not like a starter goes four innings and then somebody else comes in and goes for innings but what is your is this. This sort of the new opener is the new you know potential way to to handle keeping. Maybe the star going through a posing lineup more than maybe twice two. Maybe three times a yes all those things that I mean if you even if you look at the post season historically at least more recent history guys like participate Shaquille gallic Alexandra Beller who's now with a cardinal style guys who can throw multiple innings somewhere in the middle of become really big factors in the postseason and let's space in our situation with the competitiveness with with a wildcard team to Tampa and Cleveland now you have to look at it from August based on the postseason so you know having guys that kind of stuff and having a guy who can go that long and given the in fact as you said we've we scuffled at times with our middle relief in fact. I think I saw statistic which is like it again. It's you told me this the that this statistic that that was going to be applied to our team eye doctors way. We're GONNA be in this thing but I think we've actually blonde more leads any team or lately. It's a team in baseball which again I mean how we we sort of navigated around a stat like that. It's pretty pretty amazing again credit to Bob and staff at the biggest pedagogues the pitchers but having having guys you can throw multiple missile leanings is just a nice a weapon for Bob to have in his back pocket. I know when we first discussed POC and we discussed lazardo coming in performing in that role. I know Bob was pretty excited about it. He's used it really real. Well I mean starting with lazard or do you think what are void games. We have court games we had this shows that used to the game with that was auto came in and just nailed it down and then he came in at a Texas same thing that the same thing so you know recently obsolete the use of I think that feels comfortable using than any situation out of the bullpen so you may seem a bunch of different roles and I think Aj's role is somewhat similar roster. You guys had some similar similarities this time of the season because you also time some young players. call ups really well Lazardo. I mean Laureano came up fairly late last year. Nick Martini came in in September and had a real big impact throughout that that month and hit leadoff in the wildcard game. I talked to David during the off season last year about the front office's ability to sort of time these moves with younger players what goes into that because again so you know. Seth Brown comes up and starts tearing it up immediately. Sean Murphy comes up up and he he's been in a little bit of a funk with a bat but he's had an immediate impact behind the plate and he was hitting initially obviously puck Lazardo. How how do you determine when the best time is to bring guys happen and you know with the hopes that they could actually contribute on a regular basis was sometimes apps. You don't have the luxury of picking. A young player comes up. Sometimes it comes out of your Sensiti but I think the way we've always looked at your what guys you know especially. Murphy's case and even going back a Timmy Hudson. I think we've always looked at it like whistle whistle we will we call a guy up particularly guy. We know's going to be here for we. Thank you for a long time when they come up number one that they have an opportunity to play and then ultimately succeed in that when we do bring kebabs they'll never have to go back again and so I in part of that is picking spots making sure that the they already and you know. We've been pretty successful in doing that. I mean again. I think it's a test for the warriors. We've had some really good young players that don't allow you to send it back but in some cases kind of interesting one of the few times in my career. We've been very right handed heavy. Here's a lineup which we are now and we went down onto vegas myself and David. John Fisher did cavill down there to watch again and having a great year long a lot of guys down there but he's always been sort of a guy. Who's you know there's always been guys in front of it also didn't help him that one of the best young first base into the game plays for the as is Matt Olsen so we were down there and having a great year but you know the people aren't really talking about it because we're looking at just the first base and we got bad not there in the big leagues and he goes on he hits home runs. It was funny. We just start having conversations. Take no contest Brown..
"billy beane" Discussed on KMOX News Radio 1120
"Gear. The ranking. On righter than us MLB powering team. Ver five so detto heard that Stu insisted on the stew our guiding the Tom our kid, Tom our because it's not about Tom. But celebrate him. We're going to do he likes to be called Tommy ties tie for you, Tom because you love hate hate ties so much I couldn't decide between us Minnesota Houston. I think is probably the right answer here there. One differential is is incredible. It's actually similar to Minnesota's plus forty seven versus plus forty four and Houston's been fine of late the twins of one seven ten three in a row. I just believe in the Astros long-term, but I wanna give respect where it's too. And I think there's reasons to be legitimately concerned they want a couple of games in a row about about the Indians kluber situation, the offense Jose Ramirez has not been certainly the level of player. We thought he would be coming off that injury the didn't really sideline them. So celebrate Tom's Benedetto and know your show of malaria earlier, we rocked a tie. But that ends here. Number four. And I almost put these guys higher almost went higher. But I got sillier, and the reason that I didn't go a little bit higher than this is because Harper hasn't really figured it out yet. And yet the rest of that team. It reminds me it reminds me of team, we're the very very top power. Where their best player certainly Philly their best part? Maybe the other second best player hasn't really gotten their group down. And I know I know I know fans Harper hit a grand slam yesterday or the day before, but you can feel kind of the way to that thing that contract and that entire Geel leaving the nationals and yet night in night out. They play with one a passion. I love what they're about gave Kappler has gone from being a guy we and he's a friend, but pokes fun at two years ago year ago also believes together year one too. I think having a really interesting connection with team Atlanta underperforming little bit. But but have some horses. They're the Mets the Mets Washington has been awful. But you would think maybe it's not win the division play. Well enough to give Philly some challenges when they've go against each other. But I really like the Phillies and what I've seen because I like Harper because I watch a lot of games. Involved because of my fantasy team. I just think he's interesting I've caught more their games and other teams, and they they look legit to me the old lights. The all I think there's something there that team is really really good almost went three. But they're not three because number three. I think it's just are buying Tampa Bay the whole way. And I'm trying to talk about them more because they they deserve that. You go back to August. As of last last year and the the best record in baseball at the close of the year. You go to right now, they have these second best record in baseball, and it sort of day in day out with the twins. They had the best run differential in baseball. They have just to typically the best starting pitching in baseball. And that for an office continues to be able to we've some kind of magic. That's clearly not an illusion because this ample size is getting pretty big. When you go back to last year to we've some kind of magic from players that you didn't expect it used to be Andrew Friedman is the dodgers cold. You Billy Beane before him that you didn't make a trade if they agent offer. You didn't make a trade. You didn't know the information. And now it's Tampa Bay who when they call the no executive ask for the Chris Archer trade is starting to rip off when felt the other way around the the folks down there in Tampa are just smarter than. Everybody else. This team is for real this team is legit. This team is the only team in that division. It's on the power rankings. The Yankees are great. And they've overachieved. And maybe they're going to get their horses. Back. Get healthy. Maybe Severino after the all star break will be back. Remember the last year he didn't play. Well. So he's got to come back. He's got to be the guy that was early on. I know Boston's playing really good baseball right now. But Tampa Bay is doing the same thing. Walk in the NBA. They're being consistent. They're building something and I'm not sleeping on number two. Hello ause Angeles daughters. Yeah. Surprise there. Number one. I seldom dodgers the team to beat in the National League in the World Series. Even if I have a National League team ahead of them..
"billy beane" Discussed on The Herd with Colin Cowherd
"Well, there was an interesting topic. I actually saw the headline I wrote a world. It's basically like Twitter before Twitter existed news a lot in the NFL as a fantasy website. But the way it sets it up using the NFL to keep track of injuries, especially when you're a personnel. When you're starting off as an intern or the lowest guy on the totem pole you kinda manually enter injuries in your system. So I go there's naturally every day it kind of aggregate s-, you know, in a way 'cause I don't want to go to go to profootballtalk. I go to wrote a world, and it does the same basically. But it's much easier. It's kind of like Twitter on a website. And there was an interesting headline. Yesterday. I'm recording this on Thursday. So this would have been Wednesday. They kind of grabbed my attention. It's according to NFL draft insider, Tony line Pauline. Not. I'm not sure who that is. But some general managers in scouting department's are starting to detest analytics as a means of decision makings any valuations. I thought this was fascinating. And it's been a I would say point of contention for years in pro sports, especially the last what ten years ten fifteen years as the rise of Billy Beane and Daryl Morey definitely overtaken all of baseball, which was call. What it is is basically a game of individual matchups, and you can judge the game pretty easily like a stock market. Like, it is a very number center game basketball somewhat in the middle very numbers driven. Now, the three point shot with foul shots and percentages. But I think it's. Fair to say that the game. There is an element of things that aren't quantifiable in football. It's hard, right? I do think that we struggle the separate like football has been using analytics forever. What what do you think the forty yard dashes? What do you think height weight? And speed is what do you think you know, he had eighty catches on the season? But I also think that the new generation of analytic, I guess personnel. People. I worked for a guy that is considered one in how we Roseman, and I think what really separated how in the thing that I always respect about them is how hardy worked at evaluating players. Like, he always watched the tape. He was always calling coaches or people to find out information on a player things that you can't quantify to then also balance with the numbers. I also think that it is human nature in. Any industry when things start to change people get uncomfortable? Right, you if you have a job, you're not always into change. Because that may mean your job may no longer be there, just basic like human survival. Right. You just you detest that person because you start thinking this guy might white me out. You know, it'd be the equivalent of like Amazon, you know, they charge, and they get all these tax breaks, and they build these warehouses all over the place because they say they're going to employ all these people, but they really are employing way less people than they possibly could. Because they use so many robots, and obviously it's different than football scouting. But I think that football scouts are just kind of nervous all over the country that eventually they'll slow more slowly and slowly and slowly just kind of pushed out and they're beat relevant in. I'd argue with anyone you just have to adapt for the job like clearly, they value analytics in these owners a lot more. Than they ever have in the sense that they want you to dive deeper like, okay, the guy. Yeah. He breaks a bunch of tackles. If you say that you have any evidence. Now, the football scouts have always, you know, made clips of a guy now you can also back it. I'm sure they have this in-depth data that you can go. You know, he broke twenty percent of initial contact just stuff like that. It's not really that complicated. There's only so far you can kill you know, with this stuff, but at the end of the day football. I mean baseball's on the opposite. Your personality means nothing. There is no such thing as chemistry in baseball. You get guys out or get hits. Or you don't in football who you are as a person the unquantifiable stuff like how tough you are how much heart..
As Bob Melvin showing how to be old-school in new age of baseball
"You're listening to the spoken edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. As Bob Melvin showing how to be old school in new age of baseball sometime during the off season, Bob Melvin might wanna pop open a bottle of sonoma's, Pino, Noir and invite his friend Bruce Boji over for glass because Melvin a few years younger than Boji. But basically from the same generation is proving that an old school manager can succeed in a new school baseball world. Exactly what boats you will be asked to do next season on Tuesday afternoon. Melvin joined exclusive company he became the eighth men in history to win the manager of the year award three or more times. He wanted once in Arizona with the Diamondbacks and in two thousand twelve with as don't forget that the as under the control of Billy Beane and an analytics driven system once we're considered the team that didn't value managers. Melvin has changed that perception he has made it work beyond anyone's expectations. It's just part of what's gone on here for years. Melvin said the success that teams had without the resources always looking for an advance. Edge. Our guys have been on the cutting edge of that. And you have to understand as a manager that if you wanna have longevity. There are certain things you have to do the lead has to come from meat to get the players to buy into it. My staff does a great job of communicating. The reasons we're doing it to let them know what they're trying to do. That's the p no discussion he could have with Boji adapt and communicate Melvin reflected on his growth from his first managing job in Seattle. In two thousand three front offices are more a part of it now. And you have to understand that he said in Seattle their job was to give me the players, and my job was to put them in the right spots these days, it can be a little top heavy, but you have to adapt or you might not have one of these jobs. Melvin was a revelation back in two thousand twelve when his team seems to come out of nowhere to win the division and his first full year as Oakland's manager, but the two thousand eighteen season was his most impressive work. Melvin took a team that had the lowest opening day payroll and zero expectations and one twenty two more games than the season before that. Despite a starting rotation then by injury still remain who thought Melvin wasn't going to win the award this year that it would go to Boston's likable Alex Cora who was a steady hand at the helm of the most expensive operation in the major leagues and is bonus points of fresh new face, but Melvin one in a relative landslide receiving eighteen out of thirty first place votes. That's proof of the voters understand the odds that work against him in Oakland relatively miniscule payroll lousy stadium. Unin gauge donor relative invisibility in the market uncertain future. And then there's the bean factor. Some of his previous managers fumed and struggled as the restraint in a computer crunch street jacket without the full authority they expected, but Melvin has thrived with being and general manager David forced and just as important he has proved to them the value of a manager. Melvin is evidence that you can't live by analytics alone that clubhouse chemistry and communication as well. As in game. Competency are critical that a steady. Leader when injuries tear through a team or when a player's mother dies of AL S or when a long road trip goes sour. Or when a player is asked to play out of position can make all the difference in an outcome. I can't say enough about how important is leadership was for this group for said Tuesday. I don't know that there's a more difficult task than what we gave him this year. Melvin clearly enjoyed this year despite all the challenges he had players who as he observed have a passion for being in Oakland. A that hasn't always been the case from the start even when outsiders raised a skeptical eyebrow Melvin was optimistic about his team. He's happy working at home in the bay area and even managed to make a big game reference in his conference call he hopes this is finally the bears year. He now has lasted longer seven and a half years than any of beans other managers, and he'll be here longer last month. He finally received a contract extension through twenty twenty one. We feel like we're just at the start of something big for us. Melvin said it feels. Like, a new as era is on the horizon, led by a man who has learned to adapt and Killian is a San Francisco Chronicle columnist Email AAC Killian at SF chronicle dot com. Twitter at an Killian.
"billy beane" Discussed on 105.3 The Fan
"Billy Beane and the magic key can conjure up and the things that he, can do it would be I would, love, I always talk, about the lack of parody and, the same old players I would love the pirates and the as and it wa- it was sports. Talk, radio with a guy who sometimes knows what he's talking about, it wasn't five games who, are November five it's been a busy couple. Of days regarding contracts in, the NFL on, Tuesday the Rams Inc star running back. Todd Gurley tweet four years sixty million dollar contract with forty five million dollars Guaranteed money meanwhile girlies teammate. Aaron Donald falcons wide receiver Julio. Jones raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack Seok safety Earl Thomas in Steelers running. Back Levy on Belle are all expected to hold out as they await new, contracts with the respective teams I'm gonna say this about the girly. Thing I know the descends out there and. Lady on bell both congratulated him and I think some emojis I think indicated, pay me my money in cash to, post, Asians thirteen ocean's, thirteen but was not there was, no quotations thirteen Thirteen But I don't think the girly contract is even remotely indicative of the wider market or the guys are losing it for running. Backs, well can I say Lori and the, kids and I almost went to Hong Kong for a mini vacation and realize it was too, short To go. That have been crazy do, you think I could have made the Hong Kong back from New York and four days here's a really cheap flight yeah that's all. I, I don't think you could have pulled, that all I've never been to Asia I've always wanted to go I need thirteen days later Thirteen would work then it would, work all. Right so the girly thing I do think that. I heard some colleagues today talking about the fact on a conference call that they think this shows that lady on bell deserves the money totally disagree I think a lot of, things going on. That are unique. To the growing situation as younger b, visa stud see the Rams are going all in, right now but I think these the. Key one. Los Angeles is a unique market that people don't understand there is so much to do when the weather is so beautiful that like Miami but more so 'cause. Miami's humid if you don't put a. Great product, people that buy tickets will not go, to games they will not show up the traffic it's daunting people intend to be. Fans of sports and don't show up and the dodgers in the Lakers have more of a? Hold on that market than. Any, two teams I, would argue in the entire country I mean the. Yankees are similar in New. York but there's the Mets. Don't have at the Knicks In terms of those two sports. It's such, a stranglehold I'm saying outside of the, NFL like what the NFL has to compete against In LA right now the charges. Are good they're good on paper they're interesting there's a real fight and it's real I have a lot. Of friends who live there I lived there a long time who haven't made. Up their minds are they chargers fans other Rams fans a lot of my buddies who. Have kids my age have Rams and chargers they kind of go back and forth trying to figure what their kids want right now. The Rams are trying to win. A generation of fans, and define themselves as the, Nash the the. NFL team of Los Angeles. Chargers trying to do the same thing so you spend money you lock up your, players you take risks you bring in Marcus Peters you bring a keep to lead you bring into the easy for me to say you give growing the money that he's. Worth for the first two years plus two years more because your you don't care about, that. Contract doesn't work year three or. Four you worry about being the, team in Los, Angeles is not the same thing in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania it is. Not the same thing. Other markets that are running backs think it's very very unusual to Los Angeles Lady on, don't get your hopes.
"billy beane" Discussed on Men In Blazers
"It's billy bloody dave bull than person listen on the poll this confirm the room up the billy bean's better looking the blood pave realized two quick things the more when we start to the polk cast david i would just chat to each other and we used to into mike and we had nobody listening so we used to who's all tugay odeon tom get audience thing i just read that you would kind of gang into fobel and so every time before we would pull it up like billy beane billy beane billy beane billy beane and you always my target audience always always and then after six months of poke casting in as i text roger believe you'd spoken on the espn la golf and i was just like holy crap that twenty one is a joy to sit here with you now in america anything can become possible i just wanna say they play you also might target audience i also want to say it's the fifteen th anniversary today of the release of money bowl wow wow birthday money yeah still making money for sony pictures entertainment the parent company of embassy row it's almost genuinely one of one of the best books i've ever read until this one oh that's not true june nothing is going to play me what's his name jona hill he's lost too much weight roads billy.
"billy beane" Discussed on ESPN Chicago 1000 - WMVP
"Of the hour from new orleans talking some nba but we're talking some baseball here squad onto park and jackson jackson you're on espn thousand what's going on hey how's it going guys so well jackson you got to talking about a lot of eggs the launch angles and things like that and we're some of that i do agree with some of it i don't but it's kinda crazy because we have deal and you know feel was hired by the red sox after they billy beane turned the job down which was the whole strategy of the moneyball is get on base get on base and it's pretty much a proven like success so i don't know if the cubs have gotten away from it or if baseball in general has gotten away from it but i just find myself questioning you know actual proven strategies i wanna know what you guys thought on that on base percentage we appreciate the call i base percentage is still a huge thing but it earlier this week i think it was when he was doing the game and he was talking about swing at the first page some guys this way the first pitch of the second pitch and it got to the point where when so many people started talking about the onbase percentage they started waiting and not swing early even though and how many times have i can't tell you how many times i've seen jose abreu take a first pitch strike right down the middle of plate and go what are you doing and some of that might be i'm gonna take a pitch little strike well that might be the only pitch you get this going to be in your zone and if you swing at it you can get on base so many people as they get in the hitters heads i don't know how the hitters it can do it there are told to get on base they're told to take some pitches but then they're letting their pitch the one page could probably hit ended at bat go buy it makes it very very difficult we've seen anthony resolve success as leadoff hitter in the small sample sizes he attacks the first pitch at the.