Earlier today, Bloomberg News reported that general manger Billy Beane and president Michael Crowley have both agreed to extensions with the A’s through 2019. The contracts should be official within the next 30 days.
Billy Beane has been the general manager of the Oakland A’s since 1998, during his time with the A’s they have made the playoffs 5 times, but have not made it to the World Series. The last time the A’s made it to the playoffs under Billy Beane was in 2006, which also happens to be the last time the A’s have seen a winning season.
For once I am at a loss for words. I don’t know if this is good for the fans or bad for the fans. When it comes to Billy Beane, I never know where I stand. Part of me remembers of the early 2000′s when the A’s were a dominant team, but now here we are, the A’s haven’t had a record over .500 in the past six seasons. Six very long seasons.
If Susan Slusser is right, if this is a sign of optimism regarding the stadium efforts, than this is good news. If it’s not, than I am not sure what the upcoming years brings for this team, but hopefully it will be better then the last six years.