Oakland Athletics Extend Billy Beane Through 2019
The Oakland Athletics have extended general manager Billy Beane through the 2019 season, according to Bloomberg.
Beane is currently a part owner of the team, a stipulation that was included in his previous deal when he chose to stay with the Athletics over leaving for a more lucrative offer from the Boston Red Sox.
The 49-year-old has served as the general manager of the Athletics since the 1997 season. His early adoption of Sabremetrics is credited for helping him reach the playoffs five times between 2000 and 2007 despite having a significantly smaller payroll than other competing teams. The team has won 90-or-more games six times since Beane became general manager.
Beane was the subject of Michael Lewis’s book “Moneyball,” which was recently made into a movie in 2011 which has been nominated for several Academy Awards.