This is an interesting tid-bit from the Rocky Mountain News.
Oakland assistant general manager David Forst is quick to decline interview requests for GM jobs because he figures to be the head man with the Athletics as early as next season. While Billy Beane will be around, Beane has indicated he plans to put his focus on developing the pro soccer team that he is involved with, along with Athletics owner Lewis Wolf.
This is an interesting piece of information. We know that Beane has taken a real liking to soccor in the past couple of years. Is he getting bored with baseball? Is this last group of prospects and young players his last harrah? I think it's too early to tell.
I guess if Beane were to be replaced it would make sense to give the job to Forst. To be honest, my feeling is that he does most of the work now anyway. If Beane does play to leave I think it would be nice of him to stick around and ease Forst into the job.
I'd hate to see Beane leave, but if he doesn't want to do it anymore, then his decisions won't be as good.
What makes me skeptical about this story is that you'd at least think that Beane would want to stick around to watch these great young players develop and possibly make and win a World Series.