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Barry Zito in Oakland, A Retrospective

For the first seven years of his major league career, Barry Zito was a superstar ace for the Oakland Athletics. After a seven year, $126 million stay in San Francisco and a one year hiatus from the sport, Zito is set to return to his former home on a minor league contract for the 2015 season. In what was a dramatic fall from grace, Zito’s career since signing with the Giants...
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Barry Zito reuintes with the Oakland A’s

Barry Zito Barry Zito is reuniting with the Oakland A’s after spending 2014 regaining his passion for baseball, according to the team’s site. As a non-roster invitee, Zito threw his first bullpen of camp on Friday – drawing a crowd of curious followers. Although he struggled during his time with the San Francisco Giants, he displayed positive signs during Friday’s bullpen...
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Barry Zito, Scott Kazmir, and Magical Velocity Gains

Navigate to Ron Wolforth’s website and you’ll immediately see this. Normally I’m hesitant to engage with places that approach me like I’m watching the pitching equivalent of QVC at 4 a.m., but Ron Wolforth has the track record to make bold statements: he’s worked with Trevor Bauer since the first round pick was 14 years […]
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

When Barry Zito Made His Major League Debut with the A’s

Oakland Athletics pitcher Barry Zito made his Major League debut with this very same team back in July of 2000. After being away from the club for eight years—seven with the San Francisco Giants and one out of baseball altogether—Zito has returned to the A’s on a minor league contract. Let’s take a gander at what was happening around the world when Zito made the first of...
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Oakland Athletics Sign Barry Zito to Minor League Deal

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the A’s have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with 36 year-old left-hander Barry Zito. Slusser adds in her story that Zito has been working with trainer Ron Wolforth this offseason, an instrumental player in Scott Kazmir‘s comeback. Blast from the past: Barry Zito is going to sign a minor-league deal with the...
Via Baseball Essential
10 days ago  |  Discuss

AP sources: Barry Zito returning to A's on minor league deal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Two people with knowledge of the agreement say left-hander Barry Zito is returning to the Oakland Athletics with the a minor deal that includes an invitation to major league spring training. The people, speaking on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the A's hadn't announced the signing, say Zito would get a $1 million, one-year contract if added to the 40...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito is attempting a comeback with the Athletics

On Monday afternoon, long-time Oakland Athletics first baseman Jason Giambi retired. On Monday night, long-time Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Barry Zito rejoined the club on a minor league deal. Blast from the past: Barry Zito is going to sign a minor-league deal with the #Athletics and come to spring camp. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 17, 2015 The 36-year old...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Zito trying comeback, headed to spring training with A's

Left-hander Barry Zito has agreed to minor-league contract with the Oakland Athletics and will attempt a comeback after sitting out last season, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday night. Zito had his greatest success in Oakland, spending his first seven seasons there, making the American League All-Star team three times and winning the 2002 American League Cy Young. He left...
Via Fox Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito returns to A’s on minor league deal

After sitting out the entire 2014 season, Barry Zito will attempt to restart his major league baseball career. Zito, 36, returns to the team he started with after signing a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics on Monday. Zito enjoyed the best success of his career with the A’s winning the Cy Young in 2002 after posting a 23-5 record and a 2.75 ERA. From there Zito went...
11 days ago  |  Discuss

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