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Oakland's Beane, Crowley to sign extensions

Posted on: February 7, 2012 5:29 pm
By Matt Snyder

Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane and president Michael Crowley could be running things for owner Lew Wolff for a long time. The two executives have agreed to sign contract extensions through the 2019 season, the owner said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.

Oakland's Busy Offseason
“I view them as partners as well as executives,” Wolff said ( “So if they are here another 30 years, that is fine with me. I may not be here to see it, but that will be fine.”

Immediately after the news broke, several Oakland area reporters noted on Twitter that this is a great sign the A's are going to get their new stadium in San Jose. Wolff himself hinted as much.

“Somebody said the reason I am doing it is I want one or the other to be able to wheel me into the new stadium,” Wolff said (

Beane has been the GM since the end of the 1997 season while Crowley has been president since the end of the '98 campaign. Beane, 49, is famously portrayed by Brad Pitt in the movie "Moneyball," which was released last summer. Under this management tandem, the A's went to the playoffs five times in seven years (2000-03, 2006). On the flip-side, the A's haven't been above .500 since 2006 and finished 74-88 last season.

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Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: February 7, 2012 6:18 pm

Oakland's Beane, Crowley to sign extensions

This seems to be another head scratching move made by the Oakland A's this off-season but that seems to be par for the course these days.

Billy Beane has been a successful GM for the most part  but not recently and at some point he needs to be held accountable for his less than stellar track record in the draft and in his more recent trades.

If the A's don't get to move to San Jose I imagine these extensions won't matter because Lew Wolff and John Fisher would then most likely sell the team and the new owner would probably want his own GM in place. 

Ultimately until this team finds out where it will be playing they are stuck in the quick sand of doubt and low revenues that have turned this once proud franchise into a mediocre AAA club. 

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