Barely 24 hours after Sandy Alderson’s contract with the Mets expired last October, he got a surprise phone call from his past. It was Billy Beane, a former disciple of Alderson’s in Oakland and now an industry giant as the A’s vice president for baseball operations. Beane wasn’t interested in small talk, and he began the conversation with a pointed question:
“Do you want to come work for the A’s?”
Alderson was surprised and flattered, but he still hesitated. A recurrence of cancer hastened his decision to step away from his day-to-day duties as the Mets’ general manager last summer. Many in baseball assumed that Alderson, closing in on his 71st birthday, would simply retire — safeguarding his health and spending time with his family.
Yet Alderson found Beane’s offer intriguing: Alderson was, after all, Oakland’s general manager from 1983 to 1997, and he helped construct the so-called Bash Brothers club that won the World Series in 1989. Within days of Beane’s call, Alderson agreed to return to his roots in the Bay Area and work for his onetime protégé. The pair that had helped launch the sabermetrics revolution was reunited.
Alderson’s decision was driven by two factors. The first was his cancer-free status. Although Alderson has never disclosed what form of the disease he had, his scans have nevertheless been clean for several months. The second was Alderson’s desire to end his career on a more positive note — in the final two seasons of his eight-year tenure with the Mets, the team finished a total of 30 games under .500.
Whether Alderson had been forced out by Mets ownership or had grown tired of the job remains unanswered — in a recent interview he declined to address any of the behind-the-scenes issues or any of the struggles that his replacement, Brodie Van Wagenen, had encountered in his short tenure with the Mets.
Yet it was telling that after an eight-year relationship with the Wilpon family, Alderson limited his remarks about them to one sentence.
“I appreciate the opportunity they gave me,” Alderson said in a phone interview.
He was more enthusiastic about his homecoming with the A’s — who have surged to second place in the American League West with a 10-game winning streak — and with Beane, in particular. The feeling is clearly mutual.
“For 20 years my staff has been hearing about Sandy Alderson,” Beane said. “This was their chance to meet him. And right away I realized he’s still got it. Sandy is still the smartest guy in the room.”
Alderson seemed slightly amused by Beane’s gushing praise.
“Oh, that’s just hyperbole,” he said. “Billy’s good at hyperbole.”
Still, it’s no small endorsement considering Beane is regarded as a forefather of sabermetrics, pioneering its use in roster construction. He was the subject of Michael Lewis’s “Moneyball,” which 16 years after publication remains the best-selling book ever written about baseball, and he was portrayed by Brad Pitt in the movie adaptation. It would have been understandable if Beane, who was hired by Alderson as a scout in 1990, had decided he no longer needed anyone’s help, including Alderson’s.
But the role reversal seems to have invigorated both parties. Asked specifically what Alderson’s responsibilities were in his role as senior adviser to baseball operations, Beane said, “Anything he wants.”
For now that includes some amateur scouting, player evaluation and acting as Beane’s liaison to Manager Bob Melvin when the A’s are on the road. Melvin and his staff were taken aback the first time Alderson showed up in the visitors’ clubhouse in Baltimore early this season — they wondered if someone was on the hot seat.
But the A’s thrive on stability: They haven’t made a managerial change since 2011, when Beane fired Bob Geren. Beane generally leaves Melvin alone on the road — neither he nor General Manager David Forst travels with the team. Alderson’s drop-in during the Baltimore series was his own idea, to assure Melvin that no one was in trouble.
Alderson as a warm, reassuring presence in the clubhouse might come as a surprise to some: He’s Harvard-educated and a former Marine officer, a master of staying on message. Yet his experience and discipline are the perfect counterbalance to the 57-year-old Beane’s tendency to fly off the handle, especially after tough losses.
“Billy’s a little more manic than I am; I’m a little more cautious than he is,” Alderson said. “So when Billy and I talk, he gets me energized, and I calm him down. I think the combination has worked pretty well.”
When told of Alderson’s assessment of their personalities, Beane laughed out loud.
“Sandy said I was manic? He really said that? He’s right!” Beane said. “That’s 100 percent accurate. You couldn’t express that any better.”
While Alderson spends most of his time living in Florida with his wife, they have residences in New York and Oakland, and he talks and texts with Beane several times a day. In some sense the conversations take them back to the early ’90s when Alderson was the professor and Beane was the pupil. To this day, Beane defers to his former boss, although Alderson emphasizes he has no intention of encroaching on Beane’s authority.
Cautious as ever, Alderson said: “I’m an adviser, not a decision maker. And I have to be careful about operating in the past. You can go only so far with war stories. Half the players today don’t have memories of who played this game 20, 25 years ago.”
If the A’s keep winning and get to the World Series this year, Alderson said, it would be Beane’s accomplishment, not his. While helping oversee the A’s, Alderson is just as focused on staying healthy. Beane said Alderson’s energy level was “as good as I’ve ever seen,” though Alderson is slightly more guarded in his optimism.
“That’s the thing about cancer: The date for your next scan creeps up and you get anxious,” Alderson said. “Then you have the scan, you wait for the results, your anxiety ratchets up. When everything comes up clear, you feel like a million bucks until it’s time for the next one.”
Alderson’s next round of tests aren’t until September, which means he will be riding shotgun with the A’s for the rest of the summer — and, as Beane said, “hopefully many more.”B:
千里买马首【突】【如】【其】【来】【的】【变】【故】【惊】【到】【了】【南】【江】【河】【畔】【驻】【足】【的】【人】。 【朱】【雀】【雕】【像】【表】【面】【散】【发】【出】【金】【红】【色】【光】【芒】，【好】【似】【燃】【烧】【的】【火】【焰】【一】【般】。 “【朱】【雀】【显】【灵】【了】。” 【众】【人】【惊】【呼】。 【侃】【侃】【而】【谈】【的】【青】【年】【睁】【大】【眼】【睛】【盯】【着】【朱】【雀】【雕】【像】，【再】【三】【揉】【了】【揉】【眼】【睛】【确】【认】【自】【己】【有】【没】【有】【看】【错】。 【他】【之】【前】【说】【的】【那】【些】【话】【一】【部】【分】【是】【真】【的】，【一】【部】【分】【是】【他】【胡】【编】【乱】【造】【的】。 【他】【呆】【若】【木】【鸡】，【喃】
【天】【空】【中】【电】【闪】【雷】【鸣】，【仿】【佛】【是】【抗】【拒】【此】【时】【许】【枫】【握】【住】【雷】【神】【之】【锤】【的】【双】【手】。 【不】【过】【此】【时】【许】【枫】【可】【完】【全】【没】【有】【精】【力】【估】【计】【周】【围】【的】【景】【象】，【他】【手】【握】【锤】【柄】，【并】【不】【粗】【壮】【的】【双】【手】【此】【时】【却】【显】【出】【无】【穷】【的】【力】【量】【般】。 “【起】！” 【一】【声】【咆】【哮】，【雷】【神】【之】【锤】【被】【许】【枫】【悬】【空】【提】【气】。 【此】【时】【的】【雷】【神】【之】【锤】【不】【停】【从】【手】【上】【传】【来】【抗】【拒】【的】【意】【识】，【如】【此】【清】【晰】【的】【感】【受】【到】【一】【件】【武】【器】【的】【意】【识】
【这】【个】【家】【伙】，【刚】【才】【被】【他】【骂】【的】【还】【不】【够】，【又】【想】【找】【骂】？ 【问】【候】【族】【谱】【这】【种】【事】【情】，【虽】【然】【是】【梅】【见】【擅】【长】【的】，【但】【不】【代】【表】【他】【不】【会】【啊】。 【对】【决】【大】【舞】【台】，【有】【妈】【你】【就】【来】。 【初】【空】【开】【口】【讥】【讽】【道】，“【不】【过】【是】【倚】【仗】【绝】【世】【法】【器】【之】【力】【罢】【了】，【若】【不】【是】【此】【物】，【我】【要】【杀】【你】，【易】【如】【反】【掌】！” “【能】【够】【拥】【有】【绝】【世】【法】【器】，【本】【身】【便】【是】【实】【力】【的】【象】【征】，【即】【便】【你】【是】【魂】【武】【宗】【九】【段】，
【番】【外】【一】 【大】【学】【刚】【开】【学】【的】【时】【候】，【学】【校】【里】【的】【人】【并】【不】【知】【道】【池】【晓】【晓】【是】【一】【朵】【有】【主】【的】【花】，【所】【以】【那】【些】【看】【到】【她】【长】【得】【好】【看】【偶】【尔】【自】【己】【一】【个】【人】【走】，【那】【些】【个】【男】【生】【就】【按】【捺】【不】【住】【想】【要】【上】【来】【找】【人】【要】【微】【信】【要】【联】【系】【方】【式】。 【对】【此】【池】【晓】【晓】【每】【次】【都】【是】【冷】【着】【脸】【拒】【绝】，【并】【且】【附】【带】【一】【句】：“【不】【好】【意】【思】【我】【已】【经】【有】【男】【朋】【友】【了】，【他】【占】【有】【欲】【还】【挺】【强】【的】【不】【希】【望】【我】【联】【系】【方】【式】【里】【面】【有】【除】千里买马首【二】【毛】【哥】，【特】【别】【能】【吃】，【所】【以】【我】【每】【次】【都】【给】【他】【带】【了】【好】【多】【食】【物】，【二】【毛】【哥】【的】【爹】，【不】【如】【我】【爹】【娘】，【不】【过】【爹】【娘】【说】【过】，【我】【可】【以】【带】，【二】【毛】【哥】【回】【家】【看】【看】。 【我】【带】【回】【去】【以】【后】【她】【们】【两】【个】【人】【知】【道】【了】【二】【毛】【哥】【是】【饕】【餮】【的】【儿】【子】【以】【后】，【准】【备】【了】【更】【多】【的】【食】【物】，【说】【怕】【二】【毛】【哥】【不】【够】【吃】，【我】【很】【庆】【幸】【爹】【娘】【不】【是】【那】【种】【势】【力】【的】【人】。【并】【且】【娘】【亲】【跟】【我】【说】【过】，【如】【果】【真】【的】【想】【跟】【二】【毛】【在】【一】【起】
【江】【鱼】【一】【怔】，【摇】【了】【摇】【头】。 【莫】【三】【娘】【瞅】【瞅】【左】【右】，【压】【低】【声】【音】【道】：“【独】【孤】【平】【曾】【经】【是】【韩】【飞】【的】【师】【傅】，【携】【带】【韩】【飞】【千】【里】【同】【行】，【远】【赴】【塞】【外】，【送】【他】【去】【天】【山】【灵】【鹫】【宫】【学】【艺】。” 【江】【鱼】【心】【头】【一】【震】，【低】【声】【道】：“【你】【说】【他】【是】【为】【了】【飞】【儿】【出】【头】？” 【莫】【三】【娘】【缓】【缓】【点】【头】，【低】【声】【道】：“【韩】【飞】【争】【位】【失】【败】，【独】【孤】【平】【心】【中】【不】【忿】，【找】【你】【为】【难】，【就】【是】【为】【了】【替】【韩】【飞】【出】【头】。”
【当】【时】【是】【时】【熠】【开】【车】，【雪】【莉】【跟】【顾】【心】【舟】【通】【话】【的】。 【雪】【莉】【为】【了】【丈】【夫】【也】【能】【及】【时】【了】【解】【情】【况】，【还】【开】【了】【免】【提】。 【知】【道】【事】【情】【的】【经】【过】，【原】【来】【是】【意】【外】，【而】【不】【是】【乔】【治】【真】【的】【混】【蛋】，【时】【熠】【夫】【妇】【松】【了】【口】【气】【的】【同】【时】，【也】【在】【悄】【悄】【商】【量】，【如】【何】【趁】【着】【今】【晚】，【把】【这】【门】【婚】【事】【给】【定】【下】【来】。 【时】【熠】【一】【本】【正】【经】【地】【说】【着】：“【乔】【治】【那】【小】【子】，【是】【未】【来】【的】【哈】【珀】【阁】【下】，【他】【有】【中】【东】【的】【石】
【有】【时】【候】【她】【就】【想】【不】【通】，【难】【道】【血】【缘】【关】【系】【真】【那】【么】【重】【要】？ 【俗】【语】【有】【云】，【亲】【父】【不】【如】【养】【父】【大】，【比】【起】【血】【缘】【的】【羁】【绊】，【她】【更】【看】【重】【相】【处】【之】【中】【所】【积】【累】【的】【感】【情】【一】【点】【一】【滴】。 “【喂】？【还】【在】【听】【吗】？” 【月】【倾】【颜】【低】【声】【道】：“【嗯】，【你】【在】【说】【一】【遍】。” 【零】：“……” 【所】【以】，【要】【他】【一】【个】【有】【头】【有】【脸】【的】【大】【人】【物】，【把】【自】【己】【如】【何】【略】【施】【小】【计】【植】【入】**【病】【毒】【在】【月】【妈】