The Oakland Athletics have the second-best record in baseball, have been in first place in the American League West for all but four days since April 12, and are chasing their third straight division title.
Yet, some hardcore baseball fans would have a better chance at naming the three Kardashian sisters than naming three players from the A's everyday lineup.
In Oakland, where the A's meet the Angels on Friday in the opener of a three-game series for the division lead, the celebrity isn't on the field. It's in a front office led by Billy Beane, founder of the "Moneyball" movement.
Beane not only is the longest-serving general manager in the American League,...