Coliseum unkind to power hitters

If Frank Thomas isn't healthy enough to earn those bonuses, the A's won't miss him. The A's already had a solid lineup.

Originally Published: January 30, 2006
By Rob Neyer | ESPN Insider
Wednesday, for the first time in my moderately lengthy and supremely improbable career, I participated in a press conference. I did this supremely improbable thing because (a) I was invited, (b) it's not every day that Frank Thomas changes teams, and (c) I enjoy listening to A's general manager Billy Beane try to amuse himself without actually saying anything interesting.

Actually, it was a teleconference, with Beane presiding over all the writers and broadcasters who cared to dial in for his comments about the signing of Thomas. I planned to take good notes, but I gave up almost immediately, after being reminded that Beane rarely says anything worth repeating (on the record, at least).

I did get one for posterity (though it wasn't one of my own lame questions).


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