Why doesn't Billy Beane regret passing up the opportunity to run the Red Sox? Last Thursday, the Oakland Athletics' vice president of baseball operations told The Boston Globe's Peter Abraham that he doesn't regret declining the opportunity to oversee the Boston Red Sox's baseball operations in 2002. "I don't think about it much," said Beane. "It's a business. You make these kinds of decisions all the time. It was one of those things where you say 'no' to a lot of things.'"
In his article, Abraham notes that many people would view this as a mistake because Larry Lucchino was able to build a strong foundation for future success while managing both the Orioles and White Sox. However, Beane believes that his focus on building a successful team in Oakland has never been more evident than it is now since becoming the general manager of the A's.
He continues to cite Oakland as an underrated team that has found a way to be competitive no matter what kind of players they give him. Additionally, he says that there's nothing better than working with young talent and helping them grow into future stars.
Overall, this interview provides us with an inside look at how a major league executive approaches their job every day. We know that Beane isn't your typical baseball man because he comes from outside of the industry and worked his way up through the minor leagues.
Billy Beane is targeting the Boston Red Sox. The film concludes with John Henry's failed effort to get Beane to lead the Boston Red Sox. Beane intends to abandon day-to-day baseball operations to focus on his role as co-chairman of RedBall Acquisition Corp., according to the Wall Street Journal.
John Henry, owner of the Boston Red Sox, attempts to convince Beane to lead the team by offering him a contract worth $10 million over 10 years. When this offer is rejected, it is revealed that Beane already has a contract with Oakland Athletics. This revelation causes Henry to question whether or not he made a mistake by trying to hire Beane.
In the final scene of the movie, we see Beane sitting in the stands at Fenway Park watching his former team play. It is suggested that Beane may be considering a return to management.
Refusing it indicated Theo Epstein was in charge. And we all know what happens next. I knew the Red Sox were the finest, with John and Tom and Larry [Lucchino]. I wanted to be part of that group.
Billy Beane wanted to manage but he wasn't going to do that unless he could work in Boston. He called me up one day when I was working at Goldman Sachs in New York. I had met him before when we did some marketing work for our company after we sold out of stock. He came to see us at our office on 55th between Madison and Park avenues in Manhattan.
I remember being impressed by his knowledge and understanding of baseball. We had a good conversation about various managers and players then he told me he wouldn't mind being the manager of the Red Sox if they ever had a job opening. I think he must have seen my face change because he said immediately afterwards that he wasn't interested in managing anymore than stay home and watch TV with my wife. I asked him why not and he said because he didn't like the pressure of managing.
I think he really wanted to manage but I'm sure someone was going to hire him anyhow so he might as well take the job with a team that he loved.
After the 2002 season, the Boston Red Sox offered Beane $12.5 million to become their general manager, but he rejected. Then the Oakland Athletics came calling with a $250,000 offer, which he also turned down.
In 2003, his first year with the A's, he managed to get the team into the playoffs by winning the division title. He ended up losing in four games to the Texas Rangers in the semifinals. However, it was considered one of the best seasons by an underdog team in baseball history.
The following year, the A's finished last in their division with a 66-96 record. They were outbid by the Red Sox for Joe Magrane, who had a.917 career save percentage. In 2005, they traded away popular outfielder Mark McGwire to the St. Louis Cardinals. After that trade, Beane quit while he was ahead and resigned from his post as general manager. He said that he could not stand the thought of seeing another game without McGwire in it.
Beane's resignation was met with criticism from fans and members of the media. One columnist even called for him to be fired. Another said that Beane was being unrealistic if he expected the A's to win more than 70 games.