Billy Beane, Honorary Chair

Vice President, General Manager
Oakland Athletics

Billy Beane, Oakland Athletics

OMCA NEXT welcomes Billy Beane as Honorary Chair. Billy and the Oakland A's share with OMCA a commitment to Oakland and Bay Area youth, particularly in the areas of education and access for underserved youth.

Considered one of the most progressive and talented baseball executives in the game today, Billy Beane has molded the Athletics into one of baseball’s most respected teams since assuming the general manager’s duties shortly following the 1997 season.  As architect of a team that has won back-to-back American League West crowns the past two seasons, Beane has been recognized with several industry awards recently. In 2012, he was named Baseball America’s Major League Executive of the Year.  That award comes on the heels of Beane being selected The Sporting News Executive of the Year for a second time in his career in 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).

Under his watch, the A’s have compiled a 1396-1194 (.539) record over the last 16 seasons, which is the third-best record in the American League and fifth 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 secured one AL Wild Card spot (2001) during that span. His teams have posted 90 or more wins in eight of the last 14 years. The A’s seven postseason appearances since the 2000 season are tied for fourth most among all Major League teams, trailing only New York-AL (12), St. Louis (10) and Atlanta (9).

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.
 
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 Oakland 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 recent graduate of Kenyon (Ohio) College.