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Beane is an idiot this year...and the facts to back it up.

Billy Beane has made mistakes that have cost the A's a shot at contention this year.

Not everything Billy did was bad...the Jacks, the pitching, finally getting rid of Kendall.

Not everything that happened to the A's was Billy's fault:  the injuries, the off-years (Calero at times) and the market for trades.

However, I will show that Beane made a series of blunders that has the A's flirting with last place.

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Billy Beane has made mistakes that have cost the A's a shot at contention this year.

Not everything Billy did was bad...the Jacks, the pitching, finally getting rid of Kendall.

Not everything that happened to the A's was Billy's fault:  the injuries, the off-years (Calero at times) and the market for trades.

However, I will show that Beane made a series of blunders that has the A's flirting with last place.
 

In no particular order:

Blunder #1:  Not addressing the training issue earlier.  
Ever since last year, AN has been demanding that the A's training staff be audited top to bottom because of the never-ending parade of injuries.  Not only that, but the injuries were sometimes mis-diagnosed and identified correctly later by another doctor.  Beane addressing this issue in the interview is too little and WAY too late.  Look at all the injuries the A's have had to key players and tell me there were not at least some that were preventable by a better training regiment or off-season surgery.

Blunder #2:  Waiving Milton Bradley.  Look at what Bradley is doing now. Since he's started playing for SD:  In half the number of games played by Buck, he has more HRs, 5 less RBIs and one less SB while having a higher OBP and SLG and he's better than Kotsay in every category with less ABs.  Does it really suprise you? The man can hit and he absolutely killed in the play-offs! The A's didn't need another middle-reliever - they needed a #3 hitter with power, average and speed.

Blunder #3:  Playing Kotsay as much as he did.  Kotsay is garbage offensively.  He has a history of injury and he can't be counted on.  He was the hero last year, and I haven't forgot that, but he should never have been hitting 2nd while batting .240.

Blunder #4:  Batting Chavez 3rd, 4th and 5th so much.  If he knew Chavez was a wounded soldier, then why put so much of a burden on him?  Everybody knows he's more of a fielder than a hitter the last two years.

Blunder #5:  Batting Kendall anywhere but 9th.  He can't hit for any power and he's not fast.  

Blunder #6:  Waiving Kielty.  The guy crushes left-handed pitching! Why trade him? It's not like the A's had healthy outfielders all year.  We waive him and get nothing in return?! Come on! He's now batting .297 for the Red Sox!

Blunder #7:  Waiving Kennedy and Witasick.  Not so much that
they were great players, but they were performing exactly like they had in the past...so why waive them and get nothing? If he was going to waive them based on performance, then why even have them on the team in the beginning of the year? Kennedy was actually a good starting pitcher in the beginning of the year and it wasn't until he couldn't get out of the first that Beane moved him to relief.  At that point his ERA was 4.28.  Also, both Kennedy and Witasick are better than Lewis and Lugo, both of whom have sky high ERAs.  Furthermore, Kennedy and Witasick were actually not injured.

Blunder #9:  Too much patience with Braden.  Have you looked at his stats? The guy sucks as a major league pitcher.  6.63 ERA.  Will he develop into a major league pitcher? Yes.  Was this the year for him? No.

Blunder #10:  Waiving Loiza.  Granted, maybe it was too late in the season at this point, but the A's were just starting to role and Loiza had just pitched a great game.  Yes, it was a little bit of a salary saver, but if Beane's talking so much about winning, there's no question you win more with Loiza than Braden or any of the other guys not named Haren, Blanton, Gauden or DiNardo.  He also won his first game for the Dodgers and he had 1.84 ERA with the A's.
Blunder #9:  Not using Street or Embree enough in tie ball games in the late inning.  This was an off-year for Duke and Calero.  If the game is tied in the 9th, particularly at home, go Street or Embree.  Some might say this is a manager's decision, but we will all know that Beane sets the tone and decides things like this.

Blunder #11 (but should be #2):  Not bunting or stealing enough! The A's hit into a million double-plays and left 3 million on base.  Not really, but it felt like it.  We are fourth in the AL in grounding into DPs and we are last in the league by a large margin for sacrifices yet we're in the middle of the pack in OBP.  Most importantly, we are 10th out of 14 in runs.

Blunder #12:  Not trading Piazza.  I'm sure we could have got something for him and I don't buy those posts that people put about catering to a Hall of Famer.  If Beane wants to win so bad, we trade Piazza because we already have a DH in Cust.    

Blunder #13:  Sometimes the starters were left in too long, particularly Gaudin in the 2nd half of the season.  Another point with Gaudin is that he went from being unbelivably good (2.88 ERA on July 5) to being mediocre (4.18 ERA on August 7).  His ERA is now 4.47.  The bottom line is that he has gotten worse since the All-Star break and what seemed like a great find at the beginning of the year now looks like he's either fatigued (which Beane denied in the interview) or simply not as good as we (and Beane) once thought he was.

Blunder #14:  I like Dan Johnson, but there's no way your first baseman should hit .230.  

A question:  Why did we throw out so minor league relievers that got toasted? (Lewis, Lugo, etc.) Was the injury situation that bad? That's a question for AN.

In addition to all the blunders, I would like to point out that Beane has never developed speed and the only player that he really utilized recently was Damon.  I just recently found my BillyBall (Martin, not Beane) hat and baseball, so I feel compelled to point this out. Beane missed the boat when he had Byrnes here:

Byrnes (44 SBs so far this year; most with the A's was 17)

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