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Check out this ridiculous catch from Red Sox outfielder Xander Bogaerts

In case you’re new around here, Xander Bogaerts is really good at baseball. The Boston Red Sox shortstop has been a hitting machine, but the 23-year-old also has been showing he can play with the best shortstops in 2016. And Bogaerts did that once again Friday against the Oakland Athletics. A’s center fielder Jake Smolinski put a ball in no-man’s land in shallow left-center...
September 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Smolinski's 3-run pinch-hit HR leads A's past Giants 13-11

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Pinch-hitter Jake Smolinski hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during Oakland's five-run eighth inning that carried the Athletics to a 13-11 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday night. The A's overcame a pair of three-run deficits by scoring four runs in the sixth and five in the eighth to win their second straight game in the Bay Bridge Series and cap...
Via Associated Press
June 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics demote Hahn, Smolinski: fair or foul?

The Oakland Athletics are trimming down their roster. For members of the A’s, this likens the scene in the movie Major League, when players discover the fate of their careers by looking into a locker and finding a pink slip, or not. One notable scene involves the destiny of pitcher Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn and outfielder Pedro Cerrano. The former is dangerously inaccurate...
March 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Smolinski on Pace to Make Athletics’ Opening Day Roster

Spring training can be a lot of things to many different people. Some veterans use it as a time to shake off the winter cob webs and get back into “baseball shape.” Other players report early to stay in peak physical condition. Managers and general managers will use the opportunity to figure out rotations and at what level some players may begin the season. But for some like...
Via Baseball Essential
March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Smolinski instantly making presence felt for A's

Outfielder Jake Smolinski has only played in four games for the Oakland Athletics since joining the club since being recalled on July 7, but he's already contributed quite a bit.  Smolinski, claimed by the A's after the Texas Rangers placed him on waivers in June, has been filling in as an extra outfielder for the A's and facing left-handed pitching. On Saturday, Smolinski delivered...
Via FOX Sports
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

A's call up hot-hitting Smolinski for outfield depth

Jake Smolinski, an outfielder recently claimed off waivers by the Oakland Athletics, was called up on Tuesday after demolishing Triple-A pitching in his few weeks with the Nashville Sounds. In exchange, right-handed pitcher Chris Bassitt (who filled in admirably for new All-Star Sonny Gray while Gray dealt with bacterial gastroenteritis last week) was optioned back to Nashville. ...
Via FOX Sports
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

A's claim Smolinski off waivers, stash him at Triple-A Nashville

On Sunday, the Oakland Athletics beefed up their minor league outfield depth by claiming Jake Smolinski off waivers from the Texas Rangers. The club then optioned him to Triple-A Nashville, as announced by the club on Twitter: In 2014, Smolinski stepped up in the wake of the Rangers' unlucky injury barrage, hitting .349/.391/.512 with three home runs and 12 RBIs in 24 games (spread...
Via FOX Sports
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Jake Smolinski Hopes to Return to his 2014 Form Next Season

Jake Smolinski raises his glove after one of two diving catches he pulled off against the Angels on Saturday. (Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert/USA TODAY Sports) Today’s lineup rundown player is Jake Smolinski. He’s the pride of Rockford, Ill. and he’ll be sure to leave it all out on the field next season. For those who would like to follow, I will be posting a link at the bottom...
Via The Sports Journal
February 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Jake Smolinski is an interesting candidate to start for the Rangers

This is probably the first time you are hearing of Texas Rangers’ outfielder Jake Smolinski. It is not your fault, really. The Texas Rangers were not worth watching towards the end of the season, when Smolinski made his debut, as their playoff aspirations had all but faded by July. If you did, however, endure (suffer) the pointless (in its most literal sense) games down the stretch...
Via Baseball Essential
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Jake LaBatta

I wonder if Jake Smolinski had a sister that put out in high school. I could've swore I hooked up with an Eva Smolinski after her friend Dawn rejected me. Were my Cavariccis cuffed a little too high for you, Dawn? My B.U.M. Equipment sweatshirt too faded? I still hate you! Well, enough about me! *smacks self* Get a grip, man! Smolinski is hitting .408, and crushing pink cookies...
Via Razzball
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

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