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Oakland A”s G.M. Stays Put

Billy Beane just wanted to explore what might have been a golden career opportunity.

In the end, his best bet was staying put in Oakland.

The Athletics´ general manager withdrew from consideration for the same job with the Boston Red Sox last night, ending a whirlwind weekend in which he was widely expected to leave.

Beane is given much of the credit for building the team. The A´s 103 wins tied for best in the major leagues this season. He´s also credited with assembling a solid young pitching staff that includes starters Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito.

At a news conference today, Beane said, “I was never really gone, but I´m so glad I´m back.”