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Billy Beane - Billy Beane

Not to be confused with another former major league baseball player, Billy Bean.
American baseball player and executive director

William Lamar Beane III (* March 29, 1962 in London ) is a former American professional baseball player and current front office manager. He is executive vice president of baseball operations and the minority owner of Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball (MLB). He is also the minority owner of Barnsley FC in the EFL championship in England and AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie in the Netherlands. From 1984 to 1989 he played in MLB as an outfielder for the New York Mets, the Minnesota Twins, the Detroit Tigers and the Oakland Athletics. He joined the Athletics Front Office in 1990 as a scout, was appointed General Manager after the 1997 season and promoted to Executive Vice President after the 2015 season.

Beane, selected in the first-round MLB draft of the Mets, did not live up to the expectations of the Boy Scouts who projected him as a star. In his front office career, Beane has applied statistical analysis (known as sabermetrics) to baseball, which has led teams to rethink how players are rated. It is the subject of Michael Lewis' 2003 book on baseball economics, Moneyball , which was shot in a 2011 film with Brad Pitt as Beane.

Early life

Beane grew up in Mayport, Florida and San Diego, California as a child of a military career. His father, a naval officer, taught him bad luck.

Beane attended Mt. Carmel High School in San Diego, where he excelled in baseball, soccer, and basketball. The high school coach inducted Beane into the varsity baseball team for the final game of his freshman season. Beane hit .501 during his college undergraduate and junior years in high school. In his busy season, his batting average fell to 0.300.

Despite the drop in the batting average, the Boy Scouts were delighted with Bene's talent. Beane gave up football to avoid an injury that could end his baseball career prematurely. Even so, Stanford University tried to win Beane for a joint baseball soccer scholarship as quarterback, who would act as the successor to then sophomore John Elway for the Stanford Cardinal soccer team.

Baseball career

Playing career

The New York Mets, who had the first overall selection of the Major League Baseball Draft in 1980, were enthusiastic about Bene's talent and considered choosing him with the first choice. With many teams believing he was going to Stanford and not sign with a professional team, Beane fell on the 23rd pick, where he was taken over by the Mets, who had two more picks in the first round this year so they risk it could that Beane did not sign. After visiting the Mets clubhouse, Beane decided to sign a signing bonus of $ 125,000 (the equivalent of $ 387,874 in 2019) with the Mets. Beane called his decision to sign with the Mets instead of going to Stanford the "only decision he would ever make about money in his life".

Believing Beane to be a smarter player than her first-round best pick, Darryl Strawberry, the Mets hired Strawberry to play rookie ball with fellow high school draftsmen while Beane played the Little Falls Mets Class A New York Penn League was allotted, with players drafted from college. Beane fought with .210 in his first season. He was unable to make the necessary adjustments when playing a tougher competition. The Mets promoted Beane in 1981 to the Lynchburg Mets of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League. After a solid season, he was promoted to the Jackson Mets of the AA Texas League class in 1982. While Strawberry was the league's most valued player, Beane beat .220. Beane began questioning himself while his new roommate, Lenny Dykstra, succeeded with unwavering confidence and superior mental focus.

Beane stayed in Jackson until 1984, when he received his first MLB promotion and appeared in five games for the New York Mets in 1984. In 1985 Beane spent most of the season with the Tidewater Tides of the Class AAA International League and was called up for eight games to the 1985 Mets. He fought for the tide at .284 in 1985 and led the team with 19 home runs and 77 runs. After the season, the Mets Beane traded with Joe Klink and Bill Latham to the Minnesota Twins for Tim Teufel and Pat Crosby, a minor league player.

The twins attended spring training and were preparing to give Beane the job of left starting player over reigning Mickey Hatcher, but he dealt with injuries and ineffectiveness. Beane appeared in 80 games for the 1986 Minnesota Twins, beating .216. He also appeared in 32 games for the Toledo Mud Hens of the International League. The twins sent Beane to their new Class AAA subsidiary, the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), after spring training in 1987. After betting .285 on Portland, Beane received a call to the Twins roster extension after Sept. 1. He appeared in 12 games for the Minnesota Twins in 1987.

The twins traded Beane during spring training in 1988 against Balvino Gálvez for the Detroit Tigers. He made the Tigers' inaugural roster that season as an injury replacement and was transferred to Toledo, which now serves as the Detroit's class, in late April. AAA partner where he spent most of the season. During that time, he played in the same field as another player with almost the same name - Billy Bean - and also had a teammate named Rice. Beane appeared in six games for the Tigers in 1988. Beane was licensed as a freelance agency after the 1988 season and signed with the Oakland Athletics. She appeared in 37 games in the 1989 Athletics and hit 0.241 in 79 on bats. Beane spent most of the season with the PCL's Class AAA Tacoma Tigers. He re-signed with athletics for the 1990 season and was sent to the minor leagues at the end of spring training.

Front office career

Tired of the minor league player's lifestyle, Beane turned to Athletics GM Sandy Alderson for an advance scout the day after he was transferred to minor league camp in April 1990 . Beane held that position until 1993 when he was promoted to deputy GM of athletics, tasked with finding minor league players.

Under the ownership of Walter A. Haas Jr., athletics appeared in three consecutive World Series from 1988 to 1990 and had the highest payroll in baseball in 1991. Haas died in 1995, and new owners Stephen Schott and Ken Hofmann ordered Alderson to reduce payroll. In order to pitch a competitive squad on a limited budget, Alderson focused on saber-metric principles to attract undervalued players. He estimated the base percentage among the hits. Alderson taught Beane to find value that other teams didn't see with Sabermetrics.

Beane succeeded Alderson as GM on October 17, 1997. He continued Alderson's evolution of athletics into one of the most affordable teams in baseball. For example, in the 2006 MLB season, athletics ranked 24th out of 30 major league teams in player salaries, but had the fifth-best record of the regular season.

The athletics reached the playoffs for four consecutive years from 2000 to 2003 and lost each year in the American League Division Series. In 2002, athletics became the first team in American League baseball's over 100 years to win 20 games in a row. They won their first playoff series under Beane in 2006 when they defeated the Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series, but were defeated by the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship Series.

It's about evaluating skills and setting a price for them. Thirty years ago, stockbrokers only bought stocks by feeling. Let's put it this way: Everyone in the game with a 401 (k) has a choice. You can choose a fund manager who will manage their retirement gut feeling or one who will choose through research and analysis. I know which way I would choose. "

–Billy Beane

After the 2002 season, the Boston Red Sox Beane made a $ 12.5 million offer to become their GM, but he turned it down. On April 15, 2005, Beane received a contract renewal to remain with Athletics as General Manager until 2012, and new team owner Lewis Wolff granted Beane a small portion of the team's property. In February 2012, athletics extended Bene's contract to 2019.

From their playoff appearance in 2006 to 2012, athletics haven't reached the playoffs or finished above .500, which sparked criticism of Beane and his approach in a few quarters, particularly in 2009. Beane largely rejects criticism of his approach, suggesting that his philosophy revolves around research and analysis. Many other directors have followed Bene's strategy and are now pursuing similar approaches.

Moneyball changed the appreciation of players, and Beane had begun to focus on high school players in the MLB draft, a group he once largely ignored as they were grossly undervalued. He and other like-minded GMs also changed their strategy blueprints to focus more on defensive skills in the years immediately following the Moneyball Revolution were undervalued. This new emphasis on defense was shown in the 2010 season; Although athletics ended at .500 and missed the playoffs again, they led MLB on defensive as the percentage of balls put into play by opponents that resulted in outs and allowed the fewest runs in the AL. In the 2012 season, athletics again played the playoffs under Beane and won the American League West title on the last day of the regular season. Athletics returned to the playoffs in 2013 by again winning the American League West Division title, the team's first championship since the 2002 and 2003 seasons.

Appointed in December 2009 Sports Illustrated Beane # 10 on his list of the Top 10 GMs / Executives of the Decade in All Sports.

On October 5, 2015, Athletics announced that Beane had been promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations. Deputy GM David Forst took over the job of general manager.

Activities outside of baseball

From Major League Soccer to English Football League

When the Athletics Ownership Group agreed to purchase the Major League Soccer reincarnation of the San Jose earthquake, Beane, expressing her passion for soccer, began developing a system for objectively analyzing soccer players. He has agreed to help the Earthquakes Front Office develop a method of building a cost-effective team as the salary cap in MLS is even more restrictive than athletics status as a small market team in Major League Baseball. However, a system has yet to be implemented.

Beane has viewed Arsenal's former manager Arsène Wenger as a personal idol. Beane has had talks with Wenger, former Manchester United FC manager Sir Alex Ferguson, and Liverpool FC owner John W. Henry. His friendship with former Arsenal scout Damien Comolli and Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke enabled him to delve deeply into the world of English football.

In March 2015, the Dutch football club AZ Alkmaar hired Beane as a consultant under General Director Robert Eenhoorn, a former Major Leaguer.

On December 19, 2017, Beane joined a consortium led by Sino-American businessman Chien Lee to buy Barnsley Football Club, based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England, which competes in the EFL championship, the highest Level of the English Football League and the second level of the English Football Pyramid.

Software industry

On January 4, 2007, the software company NetSuite appointed Beane to its board of directors. Evan Goldberg, co-founder of NetSuite, said Bene's ability to combine fact with instinct was a key factor in the decision to include him in the company. Beane also served as a consultant for the video game MLB Front Office Manager and also occurs in this.


Author Michael Lewis made Beane the subject of his 2003 best-selling book Moneyball: the art of winning an unfair game . The book examines Bane's methods as a GM of athletics and how he and Paul DePodesta used saber-metric principles to create a winning team despite an exceptionally low payroll. The book and Bane's methods have influenced the way many teams and players think about the game of baseball.

The book was featured in the 2011 film Moneyball added in which Beane was portrayed by Brad Pitt. Pitt's appearance in the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Personal life

Bane's first marriage was to Cathy Sturdivant. The couple had a daughter, Casey Beane.

Beane is married to Tara Beane. The couple has twins Brayden Beane and Tinsley Beane.

Beane attended the University of California at San Diego during the baseball off-season of his playing career.



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