AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST The Astros have lost their GM, manager, and Gerrit Cole, but they still have a potential best-team-in-baseball core. The A’s will push them every step of the way. They’re not the only… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Oakland Athletics
A song to play while reading about the Athletics: “A Theme for Oakland,” by the Phenomenauts. For 30 years, the Oakland Athletics had used Kool and the Gang’s “Celebration” as their victory song. That’s fine… Read more »
It’s a beautiful Saturday night in April, and you can think of ten different places you would rather be. But propriety and parental obligation find you walking into your kid’s school spring fundraiser. You do… Read more »
A few weeks ago, Chad Stewart and Jim Turvey started reviewing USA Today’s 2017 MLB projected win totals and discussing over/unders for each team. Today, they tackle the American League West. Astros (90 wins) Jim Turvey:… Read more »
Taking a look around the AL West, it would be easy to suggest the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros have playoff potential. The Seattle Mariners are a Jerry Dipoto tradefest, which at least creates… Read more »
To say the 2015 Oakland Athletics season was disappointing already reflects something about how you view them. After 2014, a year where they looked championship-caliber only to sputter into a Wild Card game exit, the… Read more »
The A’s made a trade this week to shore up a need. They non-tended Ike Davis after a disappointing season, and traded for non-tender candidate Yonder Alonso. While Alonso is reportedly thrilled to be with… Read more »
Writers Alex Crisafulli and Andrew Patrick join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the A’s, Cardinals, Nationals, and Curt Schilling.
Chris Bassitt has risen up from a 5th starter/reliever type to looking like a potential middle of the rotation guy with even higher upside. How has this happened? Is this real, or should we expect regression?… Read more »
Let’s get this out of the way: the A’s have been bad in close games, but their peripheral numbers suggest they’re better than their record. We all know that. The struggles the A’s have had… Read more »
The A’s outfield has been a bit of a mixed bag this year. Coco Crisp played his first game of the season last night, Craig Gentry has been poor all year and Sam Fuld has cooled… Read more »
Staff writer Andrew Patrick and Baseball Prospectus writer Matt Trueblood join Ryan Sullivan to talk all the baseball: the red-hot Mets, the A’s-Royals feud, and Carter Capps’ special delivery. Also discussed are Matt’s experiences as a new writer for Baseball Prospectus, and each guest’s favorite baseball memories.
Let’s go ahead and skip the obvious stuff. The A’s usually trade all their best players for prospects, and lose in the playoffs. Last year they traded their prospects for new best players, and they lost in the playoffs.
The Braves continue to acquire recognizable faces for potentially dubious ends.
After a relatively quiet offseason, Wednesday the Washington Nationals traded fan-favorite RHP Tyler Clippard to the Oakland Athletics for shortstop Yunel Escobar. Oakland acquired Escobar a few days ago in the Ben Zobrist trade with… Read more »
The Atlanta Braves traded Evan Gattis to the Houston Astros Wednesday, receiving three prospects and sending a suspect minor-league pitcher to complete the transaction. In another NL East-AL West swap, Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane… Read more »
Before I began living the luxurious life of a Banished to the Pen writer, I used to test video games. I worked on and off on contracts for Sony and Electronic Arts. During my stints… Read more »
Episode 13: TIE Fighter The Style: We’re back to almost no banter. While both co-hosts have loosened up and the show is increasingly free-flowing, they remain committed to a format that demands brevity. I continue to… Read more »
Continuing the revolving door of the A’s offseason, the A’s have made a big move to prove that the rebuilding plan is happening right now, and isn’t a long term move. To that point, they have traded John Jaso, Daniel Robertson, and Boog Powell (Herschel “Boog”, not John “Boog” of yesteryear) for Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar. First, let’s talk about the players coming in.
Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics value the future; they just don’t think about it the same way you do. That’s what I’m coming to understand about the team, as Beane radically reshapes a roster… Read more »
“Fresh off the back of Monday’s Brandon Moss for Joe Wendle deal, Billy Beane moved again by flipping Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa for Marcus Semien, Chris Bassitt, Josh Phegley, and Rangel Ravelo. So how do we feel about this as A’s fans? Some places would have you believe that this is a complete rebuild, but is that the case? First, let’s look at the players involved.”
“Has Billy Beane lost his mind? I mean, really. For years, the baseball world thought he was crazy, just, you know…like a fox. But after unloading three of his best players in the span of about a week for seemingly nickels on the dollar, you have to start wondering if these are the machinations of an evil genius, or a lunatic. Or maybe just a desperate man who went all-in and lost.”
I don’t get to a great many live baseball games. I live in the Twin Cities area, which means any affiliate minor-league ball is a five-hour drive away, and the cost of going to MLB… Read more »
No team fueled the madness that was Monday and Tuesday in the baseball world quite like the Oakland Athletics. Their general manager, Billy Beane, is arguably the game’s most aggressive, and with a roster in need… Read more »
Mark Reynolds took one for a team full of players just like him prior to the 2011 season. New Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers dealt Reynolds as part of an effort to correct the 2010… Read more »