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Friday, May 22nd: Chad Pinder’s Grand Slam Highlights His 4-Hit Night for Hounds while Ben Zobrist & Sean Doolittle Make Successful Rehab Appearances for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / Grand Slam)   TEXAS LEAGUE  (Double-A) Midland RockHounds   8 Corpus Christi Hooks    12 LP – Jensen 3-3 / 5.55 HR – Pinder (6), Walsh (4) Farmhand Of The Game: Shortstop Chad Pinder (4 for 5 / Grand Slam) Despite falling to Corpus Christi 12-8 on Friday, the RockHounds got a huge night from...
Via Athletics Farm
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

No immediate surgery for A's Coco Crisp

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have ruled out immediate neck surgery for outfielder Coco Crisp. The A's said Friday they expect to make a decision this weekend on Crisp's playing status. He had a similar injury last season, and hasn't played since leaving a game Tuesday in Houston with a stiff neck. ''If you talk about surgery, that probably means a bad outcome...
Via AP on Fox
16 hours ago  |  Discuss

To Trade Or Not TO Trade

In the second installment of To Trade Or Not To Trade we look at some long shots that teams may consider trading to improve their clubs or dump salary. Edwin Encarnacion 1B/DH Toronto Blue Jays Contract: Club option of $10 Million in 2016 $2 Million Buyout UFA 2017 2015: 10 HR 28 RBI .231 AVG .315 OBP Salary is not the issue here. The club needs pitching and trading Edwin before...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Thursday, May 21st: Jose Brizuela & Ryon Healy Homer to Help Snappers & Hounds Win while Barry Zito Takes 4th Loss for Sounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Beloit Snappers Third Baseman Jose Brizuela (2 for 3 / Home Run / 2 RBIs)   MIDWEST LEAGUE  (Class-A) Kane County Cougars  5 Beloit Snappers          6 WP – Gossett 2-4 / 4.50 HR – Pimentel (5), Brizuela (3) Farmhand Of The Game: Third Baseman Jose Brizuela (2 for 3 / Home Run / 2 RBIs) With a man on and his team down by two runs in the bottom...
Via Athletics Farm
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Reported Return of Ron Washington Leaves Bob Melvin in Dicey Spot

Bob Melvin is officially on the hot seat. According to Joe Stiglich of CSN California, Ron Washington is set to rejoin the Oakland Athletics coaching staff as a special instructor. Ostensibly, the 63-year-old is being brought in to shore up the club’s porous defense, which has committed a MLB-worst 43 errors. The return of the club’s former third base and infield coach, who managed the...
Via BaySportsNet
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Pomeranz hits disabled list, A's have options to replace him

The Oakland A's ongoing problems this season continued Wednesday morning as left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder issue.  Pomeranz experienced the pain during his start against the Houston Astros on Monday night, and awoke Tuesday with what he called 'normal' post-start soreness. Apparently, Pomeranz frequently experiences the issue...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tuesday, May 19th: Chris Bassitt Helps Sounds Hang on to Win in 9th while Ben Zobrist & Sean Doolittle Make Rehab Appearances for Ports & Hounds

A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Chris Bassitt (4 1/3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K)   PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE  (Triple-A) New Orleans Zephyrs  1 Nashville Sounds       2 WP – Alvarez 2-1 / 6.48 Farmhand Of The Game: Pitcher Chris Bassitt (4 1/3 IP / 1 H / 0 ER / 2 BB / 5 K) LHP Sean Nolin made the start for the Sounds on Tuesday and allowed 1 run on 2 hits...
Via Athletics Farm
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick discusses hot start, A's struggles on 'Intentional Talk'

Josh Reddick is off to a wonderful start for the Oakland A's in 2015. He's become one of their most consistent offensive performers, entering play Tuesday with a slash line of .317/.396/.545 with six home runs and a WAR of 1.7 (through 33 games).Reddick was a guest on MLB Network's Intentional Talk program on Tuesday afternoon before the A's took on the Houston Astros at Minute Maid...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Vol 6: AL West Weekly Wrapup

A weekly installment here at Baseball Hot Corner, here are some of the happenings from around the AL West from the fifth week of the season Houston Astros After a disappointing previous week, the Houston Astros got back into their winning ways last week. Currently holding the best record in the American League, the Astros split a short two game series with the Giants before sweeping...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Raiders Stadium Plan in Oakland is “Gurgling Blood”

“Gurgling blood” is an unfortunate term to use, but it appears that plans to build the Raiders a stadium in Oakland are nearly dead. Sources close to the plans in Oakland indicated to the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday that the obstacles standing in the way of building a stadium in the Northern California city are real. First off, the Raiders want “free land” to build...
Via Sportsnaut
4 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Lose Pomeranz, Snap 4 Game Skid

The ups and downs of the first six weeks of the season for the A’s have been constant. On the day the club learned pitcher Jarrod Parker might need his third Tommy John surgery, they entered into Houston to play one of the leagues out-of-nowhere sensations. And they were doing it riding a four-game losing streak, and fresh off a sweep at the hands of the Chicago White Sox. Using...
Via BaySportsNet
4 days ago  |  Discuss

What’s going on with the Oakland Athletics?

Even though the Oakland Athletics traded away the likes of 6.5 WAR player Josh Donaldson before the 2015 season commenced, the folks at FanGraphs projected them to have a 33% chance at making the playoffs. The A’s acquired Billy Butler, Ben Zobrist and Tyler Clippard to make up for some the rather surprising trades Billy Beane made, but so far, it hasn’t worked. Oakland is 13...
Via The Outside Corner
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s continue to struggle on home turf

Returning from a long road trip in three different cities, the Oakland A’s returned to host the Boston Red Sox Monday night, for a three game home stand which would hopefully lead to a fresh start for the struggling team. However, home sweet home at the infamous O.Co coliseum was not the magic factor missing in their game strategy. Losing the series 1-3, the A’s remain in their...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

From Top Contender, to Worst Record in the AL: What Happened to Oakland?

Oakland Athletics’ Josh Reddick, left, grounds out at first base as Boston Red Sox first baseman Daniel Nava, right, makes the play in the first inning of their baseball game Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg) After being swept by the Seattle Mariners this last weekend and now dropping to an American League worst 12-21 overall (.364),  it is  fair...
Via The Sports Journal
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Get To Know Him - Stephen Vogt

View image | gettyimages.com The Oakland Athletics are just 13-22 this year and currently sit in last place in the AL West. However the only team in the AL West with a non losing record are the Houston Astros. So this division is still very much up for grabs.Oakland always gets by with a roster most casual baseball fans have never heard of. This year is no different but there is...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Tyler Clippard for Yunel Escobar: Revisiting the Oakland Athletics-Washington Nationals Offseason Trade

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Tyler Clippard, left, and catcher Stephen Vogt, right, congratulate each other following their 7-5 team win over the Texas Rangers during a baseball game, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Arlington, Texas. (Mandatory Credit: AP Photo/Jim Cowsert) Nobody expected the offseason trade between the Oakland Athletics and Washington Nationals that sent Tyler Clippard...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Have the Oakland Athletics Hit Rock Bottom or Will They Continue to Fall?

Oakland Athletics Marcus Semien is greeted with a tunnel in the dugout after he hit a solo home run in the third inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Sunday, May 10, 2015 in Seattle. (Mandatory Credit: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) The Oakland Athletics (12-22) have plummeted to the bottom of the AL West standings, and after suffering their sixth consecutive loss Monday...
Via The Sports Journal
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The remarkably unclutch Oakland Athletics

At the very bottom of the 2015 standings, you’ll find two unsurprising teams tied for the worst record in baseball: the Phillies and the Brewers. The Brewers have been a disaster, already firing their manager, and the Phillies are paying the piper for years of making moves to maximize short-term returns. But do you know […]
Via Fangraphs
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarrod Parker Injury Is Almost Unwatchable

Jarrod Parker was rehabbing after a second Tommy John surgery when the unthinkable happened. The 26-year old hurler fractured his midial epichondal in the area where his new ligament is attached. As you can witness from the video, Parker is in excruciating pain after attempting to deliver a pitch to home plate. It is back to the drawing board for the young hurler who once again has...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s new chant “Mayday, Mayday!”

As the saying goes, April showers brings May flowers. Oakland A’s fans were hoping that a shaky month of April baseball would bring a stronger month of May in terms of wins and stats. However, that is just not the case. Quite the opposite. In fact, the A’s have been struggling the entire season and now sit in last place in the AL West at 12-19. To emphasize how critical this...
Via isportsweb.com
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarrod Parker seriously reinjures arm during rehab start

I’m going to warn you in advance that this video is a bit graphic, and you may not want to watch it. Oakland Athletics pitcher Jarrod Parker, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery last spring, started on Friday night for the AAA Nashville Sounds. This was his fourth rehab start of the year, and a return to the majors looked likely for the 26-year old. But in the sixth inning, Parker fell...
Via The Outside Corner
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Should We Believe in Stephen Vogt?

You’ll hear it every time he steps to the plate in Oakland, a slow, building chant. If Stephen Vogt lets the at-bat go long enough, or the moment is big enough, it can be deafening: “I believe in Stephen Vogt. I believe in Stephen Vogt.” Craig Edwards pointed out that only two catchers broke out […]
Via Fangraphs
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s average April brings magnificent May

With the first month of baseball behind us, each team has roughly 23 games played to evaluate their players efforts and overall team performance. The nervous kinks and butterflies of the rookies or new season should be long gone and players should be settled into a groove for themselves. As for the Oakland Athletics, the month of April was very sporadic and plain average, moving...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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