Found February 02, 2012 on The Outside Corner:
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams. While the Angels and Rangers were the ones in the AL West making the biggest splashes in the offseason, it was the A’s who quietly and effectively pieced together a team that, through their improbable pitching staff, beat the odds to finally win it all. The A’s, a rag-tag bunch of baseball misfits, went on to win 20 straight games…oh wait, sorry, wrong story… On paper, the A’s rotation wasn’t exactly awe-inspiring to their fans, but by early June they realized that they had something special going on. Led by Brandon McCarthy, his 3.30 ERA and 50-percent ground ball rate, the entire rotation stepped up and carried the weight of their championship run on their shoulders. Dallas Braden had a successful return from surgery to post a 3.76 ERA while effectively keeping opposing batters off...

Cactus League countdown: Oakland Athletics

It was a busy winter in the Bay for general manager Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics, but not in the way A's fans probably would have liked. With the A's in a holding pattern awaiting a decision on a new stadium and their desired move to San Jose, the front office spent little and dealt plenty this offseason. That combination coupled with the bigtime moves made by fellow...

Why doesn’t Billy Beane take a shot with Gregor Blanco and Luis Jimenez

Billy Beane, the A's General Manager, has been praised for building competitive teams by taking advantage of “market inefficiencies.” This means that he signs inexpensive players, that almost no other organization wants or would consider, because they overlook important statistics like OBP (on-base percentage), and give way too much importance to stats that aren't that...
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