While I am as happy as anyone that Beane finally fired Geren I can't say that it makes me anymore optimistic about the future. There are still 3 major factors that are slowly suffocating this once proud franchise.
1) Ownership -As a lifelong A's fan for 20 years I have seen the good and the bad. I remember growing up and going to a packed stadium and watching future hall of famers like Ricky and Eck. It was the Giants that had the old crappy stadium with no marketable players. But ever since the Haas family gave up ownership it has been nothing but old rich men sitting on their hands collecting there revenue check. I cannot think one thing the Wolfe ownership has done to try and draw more fans or make the stadium and team more fan friendly.
2) Beane- As the years go by I believe more and more that Billy's success was more a product of having three #1 starters and steroids. Ever since the big 3 left, Beane has made some terrible trades and questionable free agent signings. I will never live down the Andre Either for Milton Bradley deal followed by the Cargo, Street and Smith for Holliday deal. All we have to show for that now is Michael Taylor who looks like a right handed Ryan Sweeney. And while the A's rarely spend money on free agents when they do or try to, it is on questionable players. Anyone remember what Estaban Loiaza did with the A's for 20M? I am thankful Rafael Furcal and Marco Scutaro turned down our multiyear 20M offers, as they have both been busts. The only good trade Beane has made in the past couple years was the Swisher for Gio, Sweeney, De Los Santos trade. What Beane also doesn't understand is fans need a core group of players to latch on to year after year to identify with the team. During Billy's entire time as the GM he has only keep one player, Eric Chavez for the duration of his career.
3) Selig-Everyone seems to forget that the A's gave the Giants the territorial rights of the South Bay back in the 80's when they were desperate for a stadium and the A's didn't ask for anything in return. But the bad guy here isn't the Giants, its the commissioner who has refused to give the A's a simple yes or no answer on whether they can move to San Jose. Any answer is better than no answer so the A's can at least move on to other options if their move to San Jose is denied. But After 2 years of hearing nothing from Selig a simple answer appears too much to ask for. I don't know how a commissioner can stand ideally by and let a franchise go down the toilet. A stadium would not cure every problem for the A's but it would solve the largest problem and distract almost everyone from the other issues.
Again it was time for Geren to go but until one of these problems is resolved the A's are not any closer to becoming a winning franchise once again