Found March 01, 2012 on
Although the Oakland A’s finished at .500 in 2010, they weren’t able to carry that momentum forward for the 2011 baseball season. The A’s fell to 74-88, their worst finish since 1998. Since their last postseason appearance, they have had four losing seasons and the 2nd place A.L. West finish in 2010. With a slow start after a promising 2010, the A’s fired manager Bob Geren and hired Bob Melvin. The former Seattle and Arizona manager will be heading into his first full season after going 47-52 taking over for Geren.
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Oakland has been very active in the off-season. They traded two starting pitchers (Gio Gonzalez to Washington and Trevor Cahill to Arizona) and their closer (Andrew Bailey to Boston). These trades netted a slew of prospects for Oakland. Besides these three pitchers, they lost their leading HR and RBI man from last season to free agency (Josh Willingham to the Minnesota Twins). They have added to the roster in recent weeks signing veteran...
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Manny Ramirez will serve as the Oakland Athletics' designated hitter in their Cactus League opener Friday.
Ramirez, who agreed to a one-year, $500,000 contract in the offseason, is permitted to play in preseason games.
Once the regular season begins, he will have to serve a 50-game suspension for violating baseball's drug policy for a second time.
Ramirez, who will have...
(Eds: Updates with details, quotes.) Sean Doolittle is looking to his past to help shape his future.
The Oakland Athletics made him a first-round draft pick as a first baseman in 2007 but two knee injuries and a wrist problem conspired against his development. So the left-hander has returned to his pitching roots, hoping it will eventually land him a job in the major leagues.
A's GM Billy Beane was slightly confused when he and his family were brought to their seats at Hollywood's Kodak Theater for the Academy Awards on Sunday.
While Josh Donaldson sat in the A's clubhouse on Wednesday afternoon resting from a lengthy day of workouts at third base, A's general manager Billy Beane stood not too far away, reiterating that the club will indeed give Donaldson every chance to win the open job at the hot corner in Scott Sizemore's absence.
Manny Ramirez had a quiet debut for Oakland and Jesus Montero had a painful start for Seattle on Friday as the Mariners beat the Athletics 8-5 in an exhibition opener.
Ramirez saw only three pitches in two at-bats in his first game in nearly a year, grounding into a double play and bouncing out. The 39-year-old slugger must miss the first 50 games of the season for violating MLB...
As Aaron Gleeman noted yesterday, it has been a rough week for Sizemores. Oakland third baseman Scott Sizemore tore his ACL, and much less surprisingly, yesterday it was reported that Cleveland center fielder Grady Sizemore will be out 8-12 weeks after a procedure on his back. Grady Sizemore’s story is probably well-known to most FanGraphs readers: from 2005 to 2008, he was one...
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