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After offseason of change, new-look A's expect to contend

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics topped even their most trade-happy of days by making nine swaps involving 27 players in a wild offseason for Billy Beane and his front-office mates. As far as Beane is concerned, the A's wouldn't have even had a chance to close the gap on the reigning AL West champion Los Angeles Angels without a major offseason overhaul. Even if that meant...
Via AP on Fox
3 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: How big of a fan are you?

With Opening Day of the 2015 season less than two weeks away, it is time for loyal fans to get their facts and information in line. However, many fans tend to lose sight of and forget about their favorite teams origin and all the great legends that played in years past. If you consider yourself to be a true Oakland A’s fan, you will not  be afraid to take this trivia quiz, as...
Via isportsweb.com
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Melvin on Crisp: ‘It’s All About Him Being Ready for Opening Day’

Coco Crisp has endured a painful spring. On Tuesday, the Oakland Athletics’ veteran leadoff man received a cortisone shot in his balky right elbow. “I could tell on his face yesterday when he was taking BP that he wasn’t too happy about it,” said manager Bob Melvin. Crisp was originally slated to play in the afternoon tilt against the Chicago Cubs, but Melvin decided to scratch...
Via BaySportsNet
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The A’s Hottest Hitting Prospects This Spring

Billy Burns: The speedster is one of the A’s top hitters this spring. With the A’s reassigning seven players to their minor league camp this past weekend, including top prospect Matt Olson and second baseman Joe Wendle, it’s a good time to take a look at how some of the team’s top young hitting prospects have been faring so far this spring. The A’s will be counting on...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A’s Option Former All-Star Reliever Ryan Cook To Triple-A

Ryan Cook. Photo Credit: Getty Images. Oakland A’s former All-Star reliever Ryan Cook was sent to minor league camp Tuesday and will be starting the season at Triple-A Nashville. Cook has been struggling all spring despite reporting to camp healthier than he has been in recent years. He owns a 16.88 ERA after giving up three runs in just two innings of work on Monday. “I’m...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Zito Keeps Dealing In Spite of Uncertain Future

For a guy who had just ripped off four scoreless innings, Barry Zito wasn’t exactly in a good mood. After his outing against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, the lefty is now up to 11 consecutive innings without giving up a run. While standing at his locker with his cap on backwards and zero emotion on his face, Zito explained that he focuses on more than the final stat line. ...
Via BaySportsNet
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Melvin on R.J. Alvarez: ‘Stuff Comes As Advertised’

R.J. Alvarez has had a clean spring. “Stuff comes as advertised,” said manager Bob Melvin of the right-hander who the Oakland Athletics added in an offseason swap with the San Diego Padres. The 23-year-old, who pitched in Double-A in 2014, has made a good first impression with his new employer during the Cactus League campaign. Alvarez has thrown six innings across six outings...
Via BaySportsNet
2 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO – A’s coaches learn all about social media in new commercial

Your browser does not support iframes. Well done, Oakland A’s.  In this commercial spot, pitcher Sean Doolittle teaches his coaches all about social media.  It’s a pretty fun look at the weird and unique world full of hashtags, selfies, and more that we can become easily drowned in these days.  The best part?  The coaches pronounce GIF with a hard “G.”  I just became...
Via Awful Announcing
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Thing Adam Dunn Was Surprisingly Great At

This morning, David Appelman announced some minor upgrades to the way we calculate WAR, including the addition of a factor for doubles plays grounded into. While the results aren’t dramatic, some players do tend to hit into more double plays than others, and those rally-killing ground balls do have a tangible harm on a team’s […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Sam Fuld OK after getting hit in jaw by throw

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Oakland outfielder Sam Fuld can smile now, even with swelling on the left side of his face. Back in the clubhouse a day after being hit in jaw by an errant throw during the Athletics' 3-2 victory over Colorado on Friday, Fuld was going over the options that will allow him to return to the field as soon as possible. A's manager Bob Melvin said Saturday Fuld would...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s battle of the five man rotation

With opening day fast approaching, major league teams have begun to declare who will be their opening day starting pitcher. While this is a huge compliment to the individual pitcher, it does not give fans much information about what the starting rotation or overall bullpen will look like. Looking specifically at the Oakland A’s, for the second consecutive year, right hander Sonny...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Billy Butler To The A’s Makes Perfect Sense

This past offseason was one of the most tumultuous in recent memory in terms of player movement. A wave of GM turnover triggered roster implosions from Atlanta to Los Angeles, and particularly to San Diego. Domino effects roiled almost all 30 franchises, with only the Indians, Twins, Mets, Phillies and Giants not undergoing at least […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s 2015 Preview: 3 Up and 3 Down

The Oakland A’s had some high highs and some even lower lows last season. Even though they led the American League West for the first half of the season, they famously imploded in August. They were able to claw their way into the postseason AL Wild Card game, but ultimately lost the game to the Kansas City Royals. Last season was suppose to be the year the Athletics made it to...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Parker continues comeback, throws 30 pitches in simulated game

  Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker threw two innings of a simulated game and faced hitters for the second time this spring while continuing his comeback from a second Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old right-hander threw 30 pitches - 15 in each inning - and looked sharp as manager Bob Melvin and pitching coach Curt Young looked on. He faced five batters, getting three fly...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Preview: Oakland Athletics

Sonny Gray. Photo Credit: Thearon Henderson/Getty Images. OAKLAND ATHLETICS 2015 PREVIEW Last season the Oakland A’s held baseball’s best record for almost the entire first half of the regular season. Even after making big trades for pitchers Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel in early July and Jon Lester at the trade deadline, the A’s had one of the worst records in the second...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito Unlikely to Make A’s Roster

View image | gettyimages.com Barry Zito signed with the Oakland A’s for a second go-around with the team who he broke into the majors with.  He returns after a mostly disappointing stint across the bay with the San Francisco Giants who gave him a record contract (at the time) with the hopes he would maintain his Cy Young form he had while in Oakland.  That wasn’t the case...
Via TopSportsReport
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dutch soccer club hires Billy Beane as an adviser

Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane will be doing some work with one of his other passions – soccer. Dutch club AZ Alkmaar of the Eredivisie has hired Beane as an adviser with an eye towards helping them compete in the top-rated Dutch league against competition like Ajax, Feyenoord, and PSV Eindhoven. The Guardian has some of the relevant quotes. Alkmaar’s general director Robert...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Kendall Graveman Elbowing His Way Into Contention for A’s Rotation

Newly-acquired righthander Kendall Graveman is working his way into contention for a spot in the Oakland Athletics’ starting rotation. Graveman, who was packaged in a deal with Toronto  that included Brett Lawrie, and prospects Sean Nolin and Franklin Barreto for third baseman Josh Donaldson in November,  threw three efficient innings for Oakland on Wednesday, allowing...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Finding balance between Sabermetrics and time-honored tradition

Each year the fight between sabermetrics fans and traditionalists grows larger, while the real goal should be using both to our advantage. The post Finding The Balance Between Traditional Baseball And Sabermetrics appeared first on The Sports Fan Journal.
Via The Sports Fan Journal
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Jim Harbaugh is coaching the Oakland A’s because sure…

Jim Harbaugh took a brief respite from whatever college football coaches do during March to coach the Oakland A’s during spring training in Mesa, Arizona Saturday.  Harbaugh was invited to join the party by A’s manager Bob Melvin, a friend of Harbaugh’s from his days with the San Francisco 49ers.  The A’s went all out, creating a locker for Harbaugh complete with a #4...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
19 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Oakland Athletics

Every winter, we always get one or two “What the hell is Beane doing?” moments. This offseason, we had even more of those. In selling off key pieces of what has been a playoff team for three consecutive years, Billy Beane raised no shortage of eyebrows. Some questioned if he was already punting the year and setting up for the future. But even in moving key players such as Josh...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte Effective From Both Sides Of Mound (Video)

Pat Venditte wasn’t able to crack the major league roster in his first stop, but his second try got off to a good start Tuesday. Venditte is a “switch-pitcher,” who’s able to throw with both arms and changes in the middle of innings depending on the matchup, is in Oakland Athletics camp this season after seven seasons in the Yankees’ organization. Venditte got as high as...
Via NESN.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Butler gave Josh Reddick X-Box for uniform number

After spending the first eight years of his major league career with the Royals, Billy Butler signed with the A’s as a free agent in November. For the past seven seasons, he has worn uniform No. 16. Thanks to Josh Reddick, Butler will be wearing the same number with Oakland. Reddick was happy to oblige,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick sends great 'Dumb and Dumber' tweet about A's

Josh Reddick just needed to have a little faith in his general manager. The Oakland Athletics have made some head-scratching moves this offseason, most notably trading their star, Josh Donaldson, to the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 28. Like the rest of the baseball world, Reddick was confused by the trade, but he took his doubt a step further and openly criticized his ballclub, stating...
Via NESN.com
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss
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