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Billy Beane Admits That Being An A's Fan Is Hell

Billy Beane Admits That Being An A's Fan Is Hell
From Deadspin - July 17, 2017

Yesterday, the Oakland As traded relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Washington Nationals in exchange for reliever Blake Treinen and two minor leaguers. Its no great crime for an out-of-contention team to unload two aging but valuable relieversDoolittle and Madson boast 2.35 and 2.43 FIPs, respectivelybut even GM Billy Beane is acknowledging that Oaklands constant unloading of good players has grown tiresome.

Heres what Beane had to say to the San Francisco Chronicle on Sunday:

Really, whats been missing the last 20 years is keeping these players. The frustration isnt that weve had success; the frustration is that after success, we havent kept them. And we need to change that narrative by creating a good team and ultimately committing to keeping them around, so that when people buy a ticket, theyll know that the team is going to be there for a few years.

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The important end of the sentence is rebuilding and keeping them. This is my 20th year on the job. There are only so many cycles that I can go through before I get as exasperated as everybody else.

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