Billy Beane, who is considered one of the most progressive and talented executives in the game today, has molded the A's into one of baseball's most respected teams since he was named head of baseball operations following the 1997 season. He was promoted to his current position of executive vice president of baseball operations on Oct. 5, 2015 after 18 seasons as general manager.
Under his watch, the A's have compiled a 1552-1362 (.533) record over the last 18 years, which is the fourth-best record in the American League and sixth best in all of baseball during that time frame. The A's have six American League West titles (2000; 2002-03; 2006; 2012-13) and have secured two AL Wild Card spots (2001; 2014) during that span. His teams have posted 90 or more wins in eight of the last 16 years. The A's eight postseason appearances since the 2000 season are tied for fourth most among all Major League teams, trailing only New York-AL (13), St. Louis (12) and Atlanta (9).
Beane has been named Major League Executive of the Year by Baseball America two times (2002; 2013) and The Sporting News Executive of the Year twice as well (1999; 2012). He also earned MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award as the 2012 MLB Executive of the Year and the 2012 Legacy Awards' Rube Foster Award as AL Executive of the Year, presented by the Negro League Baseball Museum. In November of 2001, Beane was named to Street & Smith's Sport Business Journal's "40 Under 40" list, honoring the nation's top 40 sports executives under the age of 40.
In addition, A's players have garnered numerous individual accolades during his tenure. Jason Giambi and Miguel Tejada earned American League Most Valuable Player awards in 2000 and 2002, respectively. Barry Zito was named the American League's Cy Young Award winner in 2002 while Bobby Crosby (2004), Huston Street (2005) and Andrew Bailey (2009) have all won AL Rookie of the Year honors. Beane continually remolds a team that has posted one of the majors' best records over the last past decade. Over the years, his ability to acquire pivotal players through trades has proved instrumental in keying several playoff runs.
Beane's executive talents and the organization's baseball philosophy were the subject of Michael Lewis' best-selling book "Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game," which opened the eyes of many of the top sports executives and business CEOs in the nation. The book has since been made into a full-length motion picture featuring Brad Pitt in the starring role, which premiered in 2011. As a result, Beane remains in great demand on the national speaking circuit, where he regularly addresses top companies on his management approach of identifying and using undervalued assets to create and sustain a competitive edge. He also sits on the board of directors of several companies, including ProTrade and NetSuite, Inc.
Further demonstrating his unique tastes and interests, Beane was invited to speak at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. management retreat in Pebble Beach, Calif. in 2006, an event that focused on issues such as volunteerism, technology and politics, and featured leaders and luminaries from around the world. Among the VIP who attended were British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Israeli Vice Premier Shimon Peres, former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Harvard President Lawrence Summer and U2 lead singer Bono.
In 2008, Beane also collaborated with Gingrich and Sen. John Kerry in co-authoring an article in the New York Times offering possible remedies for the U.S. health care crisis. In addition, he was honored by PromaxBDA Sports Media Marketing Awards with the "Game Changer Award" in 2011, an accolade given to a "cultural trendsetter who, through the development of new technologies, applications, business models, and industries, has transformed the business of Sports Media and Sports Media Marketing."
Beane joined the A's front office staff in 1990 as the club's major league advance scout. In 1993, former A's president and general manager Sandy Alderson promoted him to the assistant general manager's position when Walt Jocketty left the organization to accept the assistant general manager's job in Colorado. Alderson handed over his general manager's duties to Beane on Oct. 17, 1997.
A first round draft pick (23rd overall) of the New York Mets in the 1980 June Free Agent Draft, Beane played six major league seasons as an infielder, outfielder and catcher for the Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and A's. His final season in uniform was 1989 when he was a utility player on the A's World Championship team. Beane retired as an active player in the spring of 1990.
A native of San Diego, Calif., Beane attended Mt. Carmel High School and UC San Diego, where he studied economics. Billy and his wife, Tara, reside in Danville, Calif. with their twins, Brayden and Tinsley. His daughter, Casey, is a graduate of Kenyon (Ohio) College.