PHOENIX – Billy Beane’s contract as general manager of the Oakland Athletics was extended by three years Friday through the 2008 season.
“This has been a tremendous opportunity for me,” said Beane, who became general manager following the 1997 season. “I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplishment up to this point, but I feel like it’s unfinished business.”
Beane, who also had his current contract restructured, has overseen a franchise that went from a 65-97 record to 102-60 last year. Oakland has made consecutive postseason appearances, losing twice in the first round to the New York Yankees.
“Billy and I both knew he wanted to stay, and we’ve talked about this for four or five months,” A’s co-owner Steve Schott said. “All we had to do was put the pieces together. I hope this dispels any rumors about Billy going to Boston.”
Beane, 39, joined the A’s front office in 1990 as an advance scout.
He played six years in the majors with the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers and A’s. He was a reserve on the 1989 World Series champion A’s team, his final season as a player.
“This is a signal to the stability that exists here,” Beane said. “This also represents my own faith in the stability of the franchise.”
The A’s are on a year-to-year lease with the Oakland Coliseum through 2004, and are discussing construction of a baseball-only facility in Oakland.