Baseball Toaster The Griddle
A place where a man can slow down to a walk and live his life full measure, but he has to keep his watch on Pacific Time.
Frozen Toast
Google Search
The Griddle

02  01 

12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

12  11  10  09  08  07 
06  05  04  03  02  01 

12  10  07 
06  05  04  03 
Suggestions, comments, ring the catcher's interference alarm?

Email me at

The stuff I keep track of
Random Game Callbacks

Select a date:

Personal favorites that I wrote
Murray Chass has declared the revolution over
2006-02-06 19:11
by Bob Timmermann

It turns out that Art Howe was the key figure in making Oakland a playoff team.

Other targets that Chass picks off with his shotgun approach are Kevin Youkilis, Jeremy Brown, Scott Hatteberg, Paul DePodesta, and J.P. Ricciardi.

2006-02-06 19:43:34
1.   Suffering Bruin
[As little as Beane might have thought of Howe...]

I love it when reporters use qualifiers in their barely disguised jeremiads. I mean, heaven forbid Murray Chass should tax the resources of The New York Times with a phone call to Billy Beane to actually ask him about Art Howe.

2006-02-06 19:55:14
2.   Bob Timmermann
It was sort of Plaschkean with the image of the dejected, unemployed "traditional" baseball guy while upstarts like Beane coldly and cruelly treat people like they are just chess pieces.
2006-02-06 20:36:35
3.   joejoejoe
Was Murray Chass asleep while Art Howe's Mets went 137-186 while averaging $100 million a year payroll?
2006-02-06 21:52:18
4.   Mark
Holy crap, Toronto hasn't finished first in that division? Moneyball must be worthless!
2006-02-07 00:38:52
5.   Adam B
I love when an article gives you only tiny specks of the picture and not the whole picture. Things like how Billy Beane acknowledges his way isn't the only one to build a team, Lewis just painted that image to make the book more interesting, things like Huston Street's draft and quick success, the success of Swisher, the failure of Howe outside of the A's, how DePodesta was not given much chance, how if you were to factor in inflation, the Blue Jays's payroll from before JP would probably be at worst equal to their payroll for this year (with No Legs nor Range figured in). It's just amazing that these reporters have free range to write fiction.
2006-02-07 14:55:37
6.   grandcosmo
There was really no point to the article other than that some things that Beane has done have not panned out like he thought. As opposed to all of the other GMs out there.
2006-02-07 22:13:04
7.   Adam B
Well you'd have to discount Coletti at the moment. Kind of hard to form an opinion on non-existant results. Maybe that's who Murray was trying to appeal to.

Comment status: comments have been closed. Baseball Toaster is now out of business.