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A's assistant GM David Forst has seen the team go from post-season pretender to legitimate contender, and a conversation with Mike Matheny.

David Forst certainly knows how to describe the Athletics' amazing 2012 season as well as anybody. After all, he has lived it as the club's assistant general manager and right-hand man to veteran GM Billy Beane. Forst was there at the start of spring training when seemingly no one outside the organization gave the Athletics any chance of contending. And he is here now, as the Athletics have become one of the biggest surprises in baseball by putting themselves in post-season contention for the first time in six years, even after being swept at home by the Angels in a three-game series this week.

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February 1, 2012 3:00 am

The Platoon Advantage: The Spy at the A's Fanfest


Jason Wojciechowski

Jason experiences fear and loathing in Oakland.

Tradition has journalists putting themselves in strange situations and writing accounts of their exploits. Hunter S. Thompson did a lot of drugs and went to a motorcycle race in the desert. David Foster Wallace went on a cruise. George Plympton played sports against actual athletes. Me, though, I'm no journalist, so here's what I did: I went to Oakland A's FanFest at Oracle Arena posing as a journalist.

["FanFest again!" the audience groans. Yes, Bill Parker did write about FanFest in the Platoon Advantage space last week. It's FanFest season, and it just worked out this way. I promise we're not renaming ourselves The FanFest Advantage. We'll be back to writing about Saber Boy and Jamie Moyer soon.]

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Oakland Athletics Asst. GM David Forst joins us for a candid talk about making trades, helping Latin American players acclimate, and how he got into the business. Plus, Arcade Fire ruining music, why people hate A-Rod and much, much more.

Special guest David Forst, the Assistant General Manager of the Oakland Athletics visits us to talk about the mechanics of a deadline deal, how the A's are trying to help Latin American players acclimate better to professional baseball, as well as his unique career path into the game.  Of course, we also ask him why he would lower his standards to join our little show, as well as what he is drinking.  Plus, Arcade Fire ruining music, Not John Russell on the young Pirates, why people hate A-Rod and much, much more.  As always, we hope you enjoy.

Note: We do alert you to the presence of the occasional adult language. Don't say we didn't warn you.

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March 23, 2010 10:44 am

Spring Conversations


Kevin Goldstein

A's AGM David Forst talks about what is going on with the big-league club and in the farm system.

It has been six years since David Forst was appointed assistant general manager of the Oakland Athletics. No longer attached to rumored jobs with other teams, Forst is generally seen as the heir apparent to Billy Beane, and he took some time this week to talk about spring training, the team, and, of course, what A's discussion is complete without the word "Moneyball" coming up?


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Teams that are trying, getting brainy in Houston, Hankeriffic good times in Texas, and all the other notable quotables from the week that was.


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