Many Phillie and A's fans were celebrating for different reasons during Game Four of the World Series. The Phillies fans are laughing and getting ready to party and are thanking the so-called "Baseball Genius of Bay Area" Billy Beane. Ask any Phillie fan if they would trade Blanton back to the A's for the three players they traded ?
Joe Blanton dominated the game and even hit a home run (wow, that is one more that Billy's boy Chavez will ever get on the A's). The A's fan's get to enjoy the playoffs and World Series every year because of the trades Beane makes. The playoff and both World Series teams all feature former A's.
Beane gets all the credit for the prospects he picks up in these fire sales, but what type of player does he get? He has continued to trade for four-year college players who have been all glove and no power. The other teams scout, sign, and develop these young players, then Beane trades his the players, who are now developed and ready to cash in.
We all know his story.
I can't believe he is mentioned as a top GM. He has not won. What really upsets me is he gets a basic "free pass" because of the small payroll and market. Could you image a job where the boss tells you "spend only $50 million this year and don't worry about your job because I know you can't win?"
When the great Charlie Finley tried to do to the A's what Beane has been doing since his tenure, he was told he could not, in the best interest of Major League Baseball. Why has Major League Baseball continued to let small-market teams develop players in the minors or trades and then just trade them off when they don't feel like paying what the player has earned.
I understand when a guy leaves via free agency, but to trade guys under contract this year and next, and the big names all end up on playoff teams (Swisher, Harden, Haren).
To tell the fans that it is OK to trade quality major-league players for a number of minor-league players is wrong, and the A's fanbase proved it by their lack of attendance this past year.