Found June 18, 2013 on Fangraphs:
“Nothing has ever come easy for me, especially the first time around,” — Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson Josh Donaldson played baseball for two high schools. Add to that college, two minor league sytems, and the pros, and he’s had to start over in a new place often over the course of his ca...

Ramirez taken off team's roster

Manny Ramirez reportedly has been taken off the roster of the EDA Rhinos of the Chinese Professional Baseball League and is expected to be leaving the country soon. 


San Jose sues MLB over A's

The city of San Jose has sued MLB over its rules that prevented the Oakland A's to move to San Jose. Does the city have a case?

Oakland Athletics Prospect Grant Green – Mr. Utility

Grant Green is doing everything he can to get a call-up to the major leagues.  Originally drafted as a shortstop in the first round (13th overall) in the 2009 MLB Draft out of USC by the Oakland A’s, Green has made position changes throughout his minor league career, moving from shortstop to centerfield, and now more recently playing second base.  In his one and a half season’s...

Manny Ramirez’s Taiwan career comes to a close

Manny Ramirez, who we fondly remember for his man-child antics and devastatingly perfect swing (and maybe for the ‘roids), is back in the news. Kind of. Manny has been playing this season in Taiwan for the EDA Rhinos, but that seems to be coming to an end. Reports out of Taiwan are that he will be dropped by the Rhinos nine days before his contract is set to expire. This has nothing...

Oakland A’s sweep Yankees, struggle with Seattle

The Oakland Athletics have become a hot item in the AL West, as they have emerged into first place in the division. Oakland fans have been doing their trademark “Bernie Lean” with a bit more enthusiasm since the A’s three game sweep of the Yankees last week; however the Seattle Mariners might be the team to slow their roll. The A’s have been flaunting their talented pitching...

A's And M's Play Through The Stink In Oakland

((HT: CSN California/KGO-TV)) A sewage problem with the 47-year-old Oakland Coliseum caused a backup that made the A's and Mariners dress in the same clubhouse, made Mariners manager Eric Wedge hold his presser in the hall instead of a foot of water in his office, and this apparently happens even when the team is on the road. Too many people made trips to the bathroom during...

MLB sued over A's proposed move

Major League Baseball is dragging its feet on having team owners vote on the Oakland Athletics' proposed move to a new ballpark 40 miles south in San Jose, San Jose city officials said in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. The lawsuit -- filed in federal court in San Jose -- is disputing MLB's exemption to federal antitrust law, which MLB has used as a "guise" to control...

Oakland A’s: Possible Starting Pitching Trade Deadline Targets

The Oakland A’s currently sit at 42-30, with one of the game’s best records and a two-game lead over the Texas Rangers in the American League West. Should the team have a strong showing in Arlington this week, they could skip town with a rather sizable division cushion. As the season moves along, the calendar draws toward the All-Star break and, a few weeks afterwards, the non...

Bats Back Jarrod Parker’s Strong Start as A’s Beat Rangers 6-2

Jarrod Parker earned his sixth win of the year, pitching seven solid innings of three-hit, two-run ball as the Oakland A’s hit around Yu Darvish en route to a  6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. The A’s offense got going in the second, as Brandon Moss took advantage of the short porch in right field by lacing an inside fastball from Darvish into the seats for...

Lew Wolff, Billy Beane on A’s sewage back-up: It’s happened before

A day removed from the O.Co Coliseum’s team clubhouse level turned into a scene from “Slumdog Millionaire,” higher-ups with the A’s are speaking out on the catastrophe, and the recurring theme: We’ve been to this poo-stained rodeo before. Here’s owner Lew Wolff, via Carl Steward: Wolff said this was just the latest issue of many the A’s have encountered with the Coliseum’s...

Straily Struggles, A’s Drop Opener to Rangers 8-7

The A’s opened a pivotal four-game series in Arlington against the Rangers on Monday with an 8-7 loss. Both starting pitchers were shaky on the night, as Dan Straily and Nick Tepesch were hit around and ultimately earned no decisions for their efforts. A.J. Pierzynski banged a two-run home run off the foul pole in the second against Straily, putting Texas up 2-0. The next inning...

Athletics-Rangers Preview

The Oakland Athletics have taken control of the AL West in part because of the Texas Rangers' struggles on their longest homestand of the season. The A's will try to add to those woes while padding their advantage in a four-game series that begins Monday night. Oakland trailed by one game in the division after Texas won the opener of an 11-game homestand last Monday. The...

Hitter Volatility Through Mid-June

Last year I reintroduced VOL, a custom metric that attempts to measure the relative volatility of a hitter’s day to day performance. It is far from a perfect metric, but at the moment it’s what we have. If you recall, a lower VOL value is better in the sense that it indicates a hitter has been more consistent offensively. However, both good and bad hitters can be consistent,...
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