An article by a page 2 columnist for ESPN praises Beane... again.
I think Beane is a good GM, he's made smart moves with a limited budget. However, I'm tired of the press in general stating how he's just plain smarter than everyone else. As quoted in the article, "He's playing chess. You're playing checkers."
I don't believe Beane is twice as smart as any other GM.
In my mind I place Beane in the upper-echelon of good GM's, he makes good moves and spends the money wisely. I'm tired of hearing how he can make no wrong moves and that the moves from this winter are golden. If every young player on his squad performs as planned, yes they will do well. However, young phenoms don't equal major league success, and very few writers are questioning Beane's moves.
Sorry, just needed to rant after reading yet one more article claiming Billy Beane evented general managing in the game of baseball. Thanks
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