Beane’s latest strategy has A’s in the chase again

As we enter the 42nd season of a nonexistent Bay Area baseball rivalry, the A’s and Giants drift yet farther apart, different in most every way. That goes for the stadiums, the payrolls, the philosophy, the fan base, the future and the specific nature of this year’s lineups.
The Giants have undergone a significant change, abandoning their Bondsian obsession for an emphasis on pitching and the draft. As for the A’s, it’s nice to see one of the most tiresome catch-terms in sports, “Moneyball,” get tossed onto the shelf – forever, if we’re lucky.