Found June 17, 2012 on Baseball Prospectus:
Happy Father's Day to everyone. I know you all want some barbeque and beer, but how about some tater trots? Home Run of the Day: Jonny Gomes, Oakland Athletics - 21.92 seconds [video] I don't know what it is, but there's been a serious lack of showboating on home run trots this year. As I watch each trot every day, I make comments whenever something notable happens in a trot - things like "first career home run" or "splash hit" or even "huge shot". When a player stands at the plate and watches the ball fly - the typical behavior that fans of opposing teams consider showing up their pitcher - I write something like "slow walk" or "definite watch". Of the 1,900 home runs I've watched so far this year, I've only marked three as emphatic showboaters, and Gomes' pinch hit home run against San Diego may be the biggest. The home run was powerful, but not that powerful. Hit Tracker Online gives it a true distan...

Manny Ramirez's Upside Could Be Valuable to Orioles, Other Outfield-Needy Teams

When the Oakland Athletics released Manny Ramirez on Friday after just 17 minor league games, the next logical question became: Where does he go from here? The 40-year-old Ramirez, who broke into the majors in 1993, still wants to play, but does it make sense for any team to sign him at this point? Interested teams would have to deal with several risks. First, Ramirez has already...

A's call up Ross and Sogard, send down Scribner and Rosales

The Oakland A's recalled right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross and infielder Eric Sogard from Class AAA Sacramento and sent down right-handed pitcher Evan Scribner and infielder Adam Rosales to Sacramento, the team announced Saturday. The A's also sent first baseman Kila Ka'aihue to Sacramento and clearing waivers. Ross is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA in four Class AAA starts and...

A's release Manny Ramirez at his request

Manny Ramirez played 17 games at Class AAA Sacramento, and that was enough for him. Ramirez, whose 555 homers are the eighth most by a right-handed hitter in major league history, asked for and was granted his release by the Oakland A's on Friday. He had not homered during his minor league stint. He had been hitting better recently, however, batting .371 (13-for-35) with...

Unemployed juicehead Manny Ramirez is not a Baseball Hall of Fame player

Dimwitted juicehead Manny Ramirez is a free agent again after the Oakland Athletics compassionately released the mercurial slugger on Friday. After serving a 50-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s drug policy for seemingly the 24th time last year, the … Continue reading →

Manny Ramirez Has Had Long, Strange Career with Indians, Red Sox, Dodgers and More (Photos)

Manny Ramirez's latest baseball comeback hit a hiccup Friday when he asked the Oakland Athletics for his release. Ramirez had been playing for the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats after serving a suspension for drug use, but when it became clear that the A's were not going to promote Ramirez in the near future, the 40-year-old slugger requested to be released, in the hopes...

A's 5-game win streak halted; Colon injured

The Oakland A's had their five-game winning streak halted in a 2-1 loss to the Padres in Oakland on Sunday, and the A's also may have lost pitcher Bartolo Colon, who left the game in the top of the third inning with a strained right oblique. Colon came off the mound to field Alexi Amarista's sacrifice bunt in the third inning. He threw wildly to first base, and the...

Athletics 10, Padres 2

Brandon Moss homered in his fourth consecutive game, Travis Blackley earned his first victory in nearly eight years and the Oakland Athletics beat the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Friday night to extend their longest winning streak of the season. Moss's two-run shot off starter Randy Bass (2-7) capped a five-run first inning and marked the sixth time in nine games that the A'...

A’s release Manny Ramirez

The Oakland Athletics announced that Manny Ramirez has requested his outright release and the team has accommodated him. Ramirez will look to continue his career with another organization as he told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, ”The A's treated me amazingly during all this time, but sadly didn't have space for me and this is something I can't control. I'm...

Dodgers-Athletics Preview

Until their most recent game, the Oakland Athletics were enjoying one of their best stretches at the plate this season. Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang will try to keep those bats quiet again during his first matchup with his former club and deny Oakland's Brandon McCarthy a sixth consecutive win Tuesday night. After batting an MLB-worst .208 in their first 52...

Manny Done Being Manny?

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