Steward: A’s fans need to hear from The Invisible Man

With the trade of fan favorite Sean Doolittle and top-salaried Ryan Madson, the A’s shifted into full long-range future mode. But was this an up-shift, or just another downshift?

For now, definitely down. It’s depressing as hell to lose one of the last true fixtures on the team, and Doolittle has been one of the classiest acts on the Bay Area sports scene in recent years. We knew something was coming, of course. It was just a matter of who, when and where and which unfamiliar names would be coming in return.

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Look, we’ve learned the drill. Bring up the kids, refine them into quality major leaguers, then trade them away for more kids. Start the cycle again and sustain the pretense of a grand plan.

This time it’ll be different, they say. New team president Dave Kaval strives to build that new ballpark that’s been in the planning stages for a decade. Billy Beane is promising that this latest crop of youngsters will have a lot better chance to stick with long-term deals because of increased franchise stability. Everybody’s going to live happily ever after once they pull it off.

A’s fans – the smart ones, anyway – remain suspicious, …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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