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A's Fans are Lucky to Have Billy Beane as General Manager

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Alex Hall goes on the Phil Naessens Show and explains why the Josh Donaldson trade for Brett Lawrie makes sense.

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I'm sure there are probably times when Billy Beane has left you scratching your head wondering why he's traded away one of your young stars. I'm also absolutely sure there are those reading this that are infuriated by Billy Beane and just wish he would go away forever. I know because this is what you tell me via email.

Billy Beane has balls my friend and I wish he were the General Manager of the New York Mets.

Look how many young stars Beane has traded away during his tenure. Alex rattled off quite a few of them on today's show. I forgot some of them played for the A's but that list is extensive and you know something? The A's still are still in the playoff hunt nearly every season.

When I heard Beane traded Donaldson to the Blue Jays it took me a while to understand it. I questioned Beane's sanity on Wednesday's show. Then the more I thought about it the more sense it started to make.

Sell high.

That's what Beane does over and over and over again. When you think about it how many of Beane's crazy trades have hurt the Oakland A's?

My New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson doesn't do anything other then sit on his hands. He let All Star and NL Batting champion Jose Reyes leave without getting anyone for him. He held onto Ike Davis too long and he could have sold David Wright high and gotten a haul for him. Instead he paid him 20 million a year to watch him age gracefully for at least 45 games or more per season on the DL.

Billy Beane would never have done any of that would he?

You A's fans are lucky to have Billy Beane!

We talked about the trade on today's show. Also appearing on the show today was Jason Walker to talk Fantasy Football and Travis Hrebeniuk to talk NHL Hockey and the gong show that are the Edmonton Oilers. I'll leave the player below or you can download the show from my site.