February 17, 2004 |
New Dodger owner Frank McCourt made what he believes to be a bold and innovative move Monday with the hiring of Paul DePodesta as his executive vice president and general manager. The decision passed by the experience and successful track record of veteran executive Pat Gillick for the potential of a bright but unproven 31-year-old Oakland Athletic assistant GM. Dan Evans, in limbo since McCourt announced Jan.
November 13, 2003 |
Apparently fed up over speculation that Billy Beane has been campaigning for his job, Dodger General Manager Dan Evans confronted his Oakland A's counterpart during a phone call last week, a baseball official said Wednesday. Asked about the call, Beane aimed a pointed response in Evans' direction after initially saying he wasn't sure if it was appropriate to comment on a private call. "Unfortunately," he said, "rumor and speculation have a tendency to create insecurities.
October 11, 2003 |
Although there is no reason to think it is already in the works or about to happen, it can be classified as obvious, inevitable and legitimate speculation. More than ever, the planets seem aligned in such a way as to suggest that what could be a cosmic turnover in front-office personnel under a new Dodger owner might include the arrival of Billy Beane as general manager, or even president-general manager.
December 12, 2001 |
The Dodgers moved Tuesday to determine whether the Oakland Athletics plan to trade for all-star outfielder Gary Sheffield or go in another direction, sources said at the winter meetings. Dodger General Manager Dan Evans initiated a late meeting with Oakland counterpart Billy Beane after the sides failed to reach an agreement in two earlier negotiating sessions.
February 27, 1990 |
It is the way of the baseball world. You work your entire life for something and then, when you finally attain it, the surprise knocks you off your chair. So it was with Billy Bean last July 23 in Phoenix. His parents had driven him to the stadium, where he was scheduled to play a game with the triple-A Albuquerque Dukes. But then he was called into an office and told not to bother with his uniform. He was being recalled to the Dodgers. "Oh, my God," Bean remembers saying to himself.
August 14, 1988 |
It's more than two hours before game time late in the afternoon, and a steady rain is falling at the Lucas County Recreation Center, home of the Toledo Mud Hens, triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Inside a cramped, steamy clubhouse, Billy Beane and Billy Bean wait to see if that night's game against the Rochester Red Wings will be played. William Lamar Beane III, 26, is a right-handed outfielder from San Diego.
May 7, 1987 |
Billy Bean has been in the big leagues for almost two weeks, but he seems to have settled in rather well. He signed a major league contract with Detroit on April 25. An hour later, he walked into the clubhouse to discover he was leading off and starting in left field. And a couple of hours after that, he was finishing off a four-for-six debut with an hourlong news conference in front of a locker that didn't have his name on it yet.