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Wednesday, January 19, 2005
AN Interviews Beane
Another of Blez's great interviews with Billy Beane:
- About the pain of having to unload his best two pitchers: "It was the two toughest phone calls I've had to make since I've been here"
- About the Kendall acquisition: "Jason Kendall was an exchange of Mark Redman and Arthur Rhodes for Kendall. No disrespect to those two guys, but I'm going to make that deal every time."
- About the club's chances now that they're minus Hudson and Mulder:
A few years ago when we lost Giambi, that was supposed to be our downfall. There's always going to be something out there and there's always going to be someone who's going to find a reason that isn't the real reason why an organization is successful. It usually someone who hasn't quite had the success they've expected themselves.
- Is Oakland threatening to use the "r"-word -- "rebuilding" -- in public?
I'm not sure it's good management as a GM to rebuild, rebuild probably isn't the right word, but to start to make changes only after you've hit rock bottom. Because it takes five, six, seven years to get out of that in a small market.