On Friday, the club announced that longtime Oakland Athletics chief executive Billy Bean will take on a new position as senior advisor to the managing partner. Instead, Baseball Operations A will be led by David Forst, who has served as general manager since October 2015.
Bean’s new role would be to “keep baseball operations running” as well as provide owner John Fisher with “leadership on broader organizational matters.” A press release from The A, published in full below, notes that Bean’s new position “gives him an opportunity to play sports outside of baseball.” Bean has long shown an interest in football. and in recent years created the Redball SPAC.
Here’s the full press release courtesy of the Athletics:
Billy Bean, A’s EVP of Baseball Operations, will take on a new role as senior advisor to the managing partner, working closely with John Fisher on strategic decisions. In this new role, Bean will keep baseball operations running, which is now led by general manager David Forst. pic.twitter.com/LNWJnEa2J1
— Oakland A. Communications (@AthleticsPR) November 18, 2022
“I’m incredibly proud of the 33 years I’ve spent here in Auckland and I’m looking forward to continuing with the A’s in this new role,” Bean said. “I am committed to helping run the organization along with ownership. If I’ve done one good thing during my time at A’s, it’s created a succession plan, and no one is more ready to take the reins than David. It has been a privilege to work with him all these years and I look forward to continuing to be a source for him.”
When Bean was in charge of baseball operations for the track and field, he had many successes both individually and as a team, but without championships or pennants. His story, told by Michael Lewis in “Moneyball”, undoubtedly helped popularize the use of analytics in the front office. (Although, to be clear, the use of statistical analysis in baseball began long before Bean.)
In recent years, “A” has fallen on hard times. Their attempts to secure a new deal with the stadium stalled, leading to the owners going out of business financially. The A’s are in the midst of what will likely be a long-term rebuild and plan to continue the dismantling this winter by merchant trapper Shaun Murphy. However, there is no questioning how important Bean has been to the A franchise or how much he has influenced the modern game.