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The Billy Beane way still works for A's, and team's owner
The Billy Beane way still works for A's, and team's owner

As the calendar turned to September, with the Oakland Athletics in the heat of a pennant race, their general manager was half a world away. Billy Beane was in Prague, and not on a scouting trip. Baseball's most unconventional operation has done it again. The A's will be crowned champions of the American League West for the second consecutive year, perhaps Sunday. Beane has run the A's for 16 years. Oakland is about to win the AL West for the sixth time in his tenure. The Angels have won five times in that span, the Texas Rangers four times, the Seattle Mariners once. You could write a book about his financial wizardry. The first five times Beane assembled the AL West...

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