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Billy Beane        

Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations & Minority Owner of the Oakland Athletics; Subject of "Moneyball"

William Lamar Beane III is a former American professional baseball player and current front office executive. He is the executive vice president of baseball operations and minority owner of the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB); he is also minority owner of Barnsley FC of EFL Championship.

From 1984 to 1989 he played in MLB as an outfielder for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and Oakland Athletics. He joined the Athletics' front office as a scout in 1990, was named general manager after the 1997 season, and was promoted to executive vice president after the 2015 season. Considered one of the most progressive and talented baseball executives in the game today, Billy Beane has molded the Athletics into a perennial postseason contender since taking over the general manager's duties shortly following the 1997 season.

Beginning in 1999, Beane and former Assistant GM Paul DePodesta shattered antiquated MLB beliefs that big payrolls equated wins by implementing unorthodox (by MLB standards) strategic methodology that inevitably led one of the worst teams in the AL with one of the lowest payrolls, to three American League West Division titles. Best-selling author Michael Lewis chronicled their journey in his 2003 best-selling book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, now a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt.

Beane's strategy has since opened the eyes of many top sports executives and CEOs around the country who now utilize the Moneyball methodology. In 2008 Beane even collaborated with Newt Gingrich and Sen. John Kerry in co-authoring an article in the New York Times offering possible remedies for the U.S. healthcare crisis.

Beane was named The Sporting News Executive of the Year in 1999, 2012, & 2018 and earned Major League Baseballs Executive of the Year honors by Baseball America magazine following the 2002 & 2013 season. In November of 2001, Beane was named one of Street & Smiths Sport Business Journals 40 Under 40 and in 2004, he was rated 16th on their list of Baseballs Heavy Hitters. Beane was also the MLB Executive of the Year in 2012 & 2018.

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An Afternoon with Billy Beane

Moneyball: Lessons for Life and Business from Baseball's Best General Manager


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