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Oakland A’s Prospect Michael Nolan Confirmed Dead Following Shooting

In baseball terms, when a prospect’s stock begins to drop, he is referred to as a “flame out”. On Thursday, that term took on a sad and callous meaning when Michael Nolan, a pitching prospect in the Oakland A’s organization lost his life one month after being shot in the head in the New York City suburb of Yonkers. Nolan, an 18th-round draft pick of the Oakland A’s in 2014...
Via Baseball Essential
58 minutes ago  |  Discuss

In new interview, Manfred reiterates desire to keep A's in Oakland

The Oakland Athletics recently gave Billy Beane and David Forst promotions, even after the A's finished 2015 a dismal 68-94. That they would do such a thing speaks to the organizational philosophy and support of Beane and his front office, even in a 'lost' season.Of course, with the A's, their long-term future remains at the forefront of most discussions. In the wake of Monday's...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Renato Nunez Joins Chad Pinder as A’s Top Hitting Prospects in Arizona Fall League while Matt Chapman Is Sidelined with Wrist Injury

While most baseball fans are focused on the drama of postseason play in the fall, it’s also an important time for some of the minor leagues’ top prospects. And starting next Tuesday, some of the A’s most promising young prospects will begin play in the Arizona Fall League. Last year’s top draft pick for the A’s, third baseman Matt Chapman, was originally scheduled to participate...
Via Athletics Farm
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Athletics Seek Extension for Josh Reddick

The Oakland Athletics underwent a tumultuous season last year. Going back to the 2014 off-season, the Athletics underwent a rebuild of their entire roster as key players were shipped out in order to bring in younger talent and beef up the farm system. That approach continued into the off-season as the Athletics sold off more veteran players to bring in younger talent. The changes...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics: Reviewing the 2015 season

The last game of the regular season was a microcosm of the season as a whole. Once again, the Oakland Athletics suffered a one-run loss. The final record for 2015 was 68-94, their worst season since 1997, and the worst in the American League. 35 of their 94 losses came by the deficit of one run. Following three consecutive postseason appearances and questionable offseason decisions...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics promote Billy Beane, David Forst in front office

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics wanted to make sure they could keep David Forst in the front office after other clubs sought to hire him, so they promoted him to general manager Monday and elevated Billy Beane to executive vice president of baseball operations. Forst just completed his 16th years with the low-budget franchise and 12th as assistant GM, though Beane insists...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Lost season aside, A's Crisp has eyes on big goals for 2016

The struggles of Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp this season exemplify the long, arduous journey the Green and Gold have had in 2015. Crisp, 35, has appeared in just 43 games entering the final day of the regular season, as nagging injuries kept him on the shelf for much of the season. He's basically only been a bench player for the past month or so, as well.  Despite his...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray: The anti-Chris Sale

Earlier this week, I took a look at the AL Cy Young race, utilizing batted-ball metrics to address the respective candidacies of David Price, Dallas Keuchel and Chris Sale. To make a long story short, I concluded that Sale’s strikeout-to-walk (K/BB) superiority, along with solid contact management skills that have been obscured by his horrendous team defense, placed him on top...
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s hire female coach to be guest instructor

    The Oakland A’s are following the lead of the San Antonio Spurs and Arizona Cardinals by hiring a female coach. The A’s announced Tuesday that they have hired Justine Siegal to serve as a guest instructor for their Instructional League team next month. Siegal is expected to throw batting practice, hit fungos, and work with infielders. Siegal, who threw batting practice...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

No teams called Tortorella about coaching vacancies

John Tortorella admitted to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman that no NHL teams called him last summer regarding coaching vacancies. In Friedman’s latest must-read 30 Thoughts column, Tortorella, who’s set to coach team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, “threw cold water” on the idea he took the role as an attempt to get back in the NHL. Tortorella said the job was simply...
Via Puck Drunk Love
14 days ago  |  Discuss

The Relationship Between Pace and Power

Sam Fuld was checking out his FanGraphs page the other day, and noticed that he’s a fairly fast-paced guy at the plate. He produced in 2011 the 36th-fastest pace between that season and the present one (minimum 300 plate appearances), and he’s the 20th-fastest paced batter this year. He also noticed something about the guys around him. “They’re all slap hitters!” he told...
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Farewells: Oakland Athletics

It is that part of the year when pennant race positioning becomes the priority for some, while an early look to the next spring is the forced reality for others. It is a chance to book better winter destination vacations for some, emptier seats for most and a chance for reflection for all. But refection isn’t for everyone. The Oakland Athletics had a rough year. General manager...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
15 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Oakland A's: A Lesson In WAR

Major League Baseball has been on the cutting edge of the advanced statistical revolution for the past 20 years. Made popular by the book Moneyball, and adopted by nearly every major league team, baseball teams are continuously looking for new ways to quantify players to get an edge in the draft and free agent market. There are many niche statistics that measure specific aspects...
Via The Sports Quotient
15 days ago  |  Discuss

End of season post-mortem: 2015 Oakland Athletics

After a third consecutive early postseason loss, general manager Billy Beane traded Josh Donaldson, Jeff Samardzija, Brandon Moss and Derek Norris during the offseason. Along with letting Jon Lester go via free agency, the Oakland Athletics were in rebuilding mode and figured to be in line for a rough season. By that standard, the team played down to expectations, finishing last...
Via The Outside Corner
18 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland Aces – a retrospective

On Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics announced that they selected the contract of Barry Zito from Triple-A Nashville, bringing back one of the more colorful players in the history of a franchise which has a large number of colorful personalities.  Sure, Zito was a little out there, but he also was very successful during his stint with Oakland.  Zito, along with Tim Hudson and Mark...
Via The Outside Corner
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito and the Search for the Year’s Slowest Fastball

Barry Zito is coming back! Zito, who hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since 2013, has been called up from Triple-A by the A’s. He’ll initially work out of the bullpen — which makes sense because what bullpen doesn’t need an old guy with no command who throws really slow? — but the A’s are so out of playoff contention they may as well clone an entire Zito army and...
Via Fangraphs
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito is back in the majors

Oakland Athletics fans, freak out – Barry Zito will be wearing the green and gold in the majors to close out 2015 after Oakland called him up on Wednesday. #Athletics select Barry Zito from Nashville, recall Cody Martin from Nashville, place Jesse Chavez on the 60-day DL — Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) September 16, 2015   Zito came up through the minors with Oakland...
Via The Outside Corner
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Vogt takes foul tip to the nuts, leaves game

Baseball is a game that can be funny at times, except if you happen to be Oakland A’s catcher and first baseman Stephen Vogt. If you’re a fan who just happened to be watching the game on TV as Vogt took a foul tip off of the family jewels, however, then baseball can sometimes be downright hilarious. In yesterday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, that was the case as Vogt...
Via Campus Sports Net
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

A's catcher Stephen Vogt takes foul tip in the groin (Video)

Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt had to leave Sunday's game in the eighth inning after taking a foul tip directly in the groin off the bat of Seattle Mariners batter Ketel Marte. Odds are 99 percent of America is having a better day than #StephenVogt...— Daily Upper Decker (@DailyUpperDeck) September 6, 2015Vogt was taken to a local hospital for tests...
Via Holdout Sports
September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray's AL Cy Young push

With the worst record in the American League, it is clear there is only one reason to continue watching the A’s in September. Oakland Athletics’ ace Sonny Gray will need to dominate the final month in order to pass Dallas Keuchel and finish ahead of David Price for the AL Cy Young award. Sonny Gray In a season that has been marred by a terrible defense and an unreliable...
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Control AL West Teams’ Fate during Next 2 Weeks

Josh Reddick Over the next two weeks, the Oakland Athletics will be playing very meaningful games. The catch for Oakland is that they will not be important for them. Even though they have the worst record in the American League at 57-74, their impact on the playoffs will be felt because they have upcoming series against three playoff hopeful teams. Not only are they playoff contending...
August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: A's ballboy makes amazing diving play

An Oakland A’s ballboy made the play of the game yesterday diving for a foul ball and snagging it with exceptional skill usually reserved for the men on the field. In the bottom of the second inning, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Erasmo Ramirez dealt to Marcus Semien on a 2-1 count when the ball jumped off the bat of Semien. It was a laser shot that screamed past third base on the foul...
Via Sportsnaut
August 23, 2015  |  Discuss

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