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Stat of the day

Since 2001, the Oakland A's are 94-30 in August, 15 games ahead of baseball's next best team. (This year's team seems to have gotten a head start in that regard).

Is there a reason, or even a plan behind this? Read this story and judge for yourself. But do note that Billy Beane has, in his words, a "contrarian poisition" on the tradeoff between youth and experience down the stretch. It's not mentioned in the story, but relative youth could be a factor not only in the August successes, but also the October failures of the A's.

P.S. I can hear Joe Morgan now... "I refuse to read it... but Beane has no respect for The Game... That's what I said, and I'm not gonna repeat it. He has no respect for The Game."