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Coco Crisp’s Balky Elbow Leaves Door Wide Open for Mark Canha

Unfortunately for the Oakland Athletics, Coco Crisp’s shift to left hasn’t helped the veteran table-setter stay any healthier. Courtesy of a bum right elbow, which refuses to get better, Crisp is on track to opening the season on the disabled list, according to John Hickey of The Bay Area News Group. With Crisp likely sidelined, Billy Burns is on his way to cracking the Opening...
Via BaySportsNet
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Semien Is a Shortstop Now

At a lazy spring pre-game meeting with Bob Melvin a few weeks back, he mentioned off-hand that Marcus Semien wasn’t going to play every day. For half a second, it seemed we had a bit of a scoop on our hands, an emerging platoon at shortstop for the Athletics. But then, that was worth a […]
Via Fangraphs
13 hours ago  |  Discuss

Opening Day Starters: A.L West

Opening Day Starters: A.L West Starting pitchers pride themselves on being named the Opening Day starter for their ball club. The assignment is motivating as you’re often pegged as the guy who will lead your starting staff. The Opening Day assignment is quite overblown by fans, especially when their team doesn’t have a true #1 or obvious choice for the start. I continue the...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A’s Trim Spring Roster to 36 on Sunday

The A’s minor league complex at Fitch Park The big story out of A’s camp on Sunday was the news that five players were being sent down the road to the team’s minor league camp at Fitch Park. Infielders Max Muncy and Andy Parrino along with catcher Luke Carlin were reassigned to the minor league camp, while RHP Chris Bassitt and outfielder Alex Hassan were officially optioned...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland A’s Will Laugh Off Doubters in 2015

The Oakland A’s are often doubted by anyone who isn’t a loyal fan of the team. Most years, this doubt is proven to be foolish. Sonny Gray will be a big part of that Oakland mojo. (Mandatory Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images) The Oakland A’s are doubted nearly every year. From criticism of Billy Beane to jokes about the modest O.co Coliseum, it seems that non-fans of...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick Expected to Start Season on DL

Oakland A’s outfielder, Josh Reddick, is expected to start the regular season on the DL. Hardly the way this right fielder wanted to kick off a new year. (Mandatory Credit: Rob Tringali/Getty Images) The Oakland A’s are expected to be without Josh Reddick when the regular season begins. A right fielder with Gold Glove hardware, the 28-year-old Reddick will likely miss time because...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Ferrell agrees with John Madden: ‘I’m all about lack of respect’

Comedian Will Ferrell responded to the criticism leveled at him by former NFL head coach and media personality John Madden, who ripped Ferrell for his stunt that raised nearly $1 million for cancer research. Ferrell inserted himself into five separate Cactus League games for 10 different teams earlier this month, while appearing at every position during the games. When asked, Madden...
Via Low Brow Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Deep League Thoughts: Brett Lawrie

Hey y'all, let me know if you've heard this one before. Brett Lawrie is a fantasy sleeper for the YYYY Fantasy Baseball Season! In fact, this isn't even a new post. I just went back from all the posts between 2012 and 2014 and did a mash-up of them. It was hard to get them all the same font so be thankful this doesn't read like a ransom note! Speaking of notes, it feels like...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Jesse Hahn Deals As Oakland Athletics Walk Off

On a blindingly bright day in Mesa, Jesse Hahn cruised through 5.1 frames, as the Oakland Athletics walked off against the Texas Rangers 7-6 thanks to a ninth-inning shot from Mark Canha. “Arm feels great,” said Hahn. “I just can’t wait for the season to start.” Exiting the contest with one out in the sixth, the A’s right-hander carved up the Rangers’ lineup, allowing...
Via BaySportsNet
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s to Hold Pride Night

It’s no secret how The Hall of Very Good feels about Glenn Burke.  Last year we unveiled an award in his namesake and have written multiple articles and stories to try and bring his story to light.  So when I saw the following announcement on the Oakland A’s website, I couldn’t help but feel some serious…feels. On June 17th, The Oakland A’s will be celebrating the LGBT...
Via Hall of Very Good
4 days ago  |  Discuss

World Series Champs nothing the Oakland A’s can’t handle

It was another battle of the bay Thursday evening when the Oakland A’s took on defending World Series Champions, the San Fransisco Giants on their spring training home turf. While these two clubs have met before this preseason, this game was more telling about how each team has progressed throughout spring training. It was clear to anyone watching the broadcasted 7pm ballgame ...
Via isportsweb.com
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Melvin: ‘Billy Burns is Better at Everything This Spring’

Unless something crazy happen between now and April 6, Billy Burns isn’t going to make the Opening Day roster. That’s no knock on the switch-hitting flyer—far from it—as Oakland Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin explained. “Billy Burns is better at everything this spring,” said Melvin. “He’s stronger—certainly left-handed. He’s pulling some balls.” Through 19...
Via BaySportsNet
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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
5 days 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
5 days 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
6 days 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
6 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
8 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
8 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
10 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
12 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
13 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
13 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
26 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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