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Show Me a Hero and I’ll Write You a Tragedy: My Ken Griffey Jr. Story

The date is April 3rd, 1989, and the Mariners are playing the Oakland Athletics at The Coliseum. After a Harold Reynolds pop-out, a 19-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. steps into the batter’s box for his first major league plate appearance. All eyes were on Junior, as they had been for a while. Griffey was a highly touted prospect since high school, and after spending only a year in the...
Via Baseball Essential
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s free agent rumors: Hector Olivera

Hector Olivera Even though the Oakland A’s seem to be pretty content with their acquisitions this offseason, it was reported that there was a big Athletics presence in the stands at Hector Olivera’s showcase in the Dominican Republic. The A’s were also joined by the San Francisco Giants, the Atlanta Braves, and the San Diego Padres who are all scouting Olivera. Olivera is...
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Meet Julianna Zobrist — Christian Singer and Wife of Ben Zobrist

Was it any surprise to anyone that Athletics general manager Billy Beane traded for sabermetric darling Ben Zobrist? I mean, there was a film made based off the genius of “Moneyball” so it makes sense that they now own one of the premiere players of the advanced stat movement. As an added bonus for Billy, Julianna Zobrist (Ben’s wife) happens to be a Christian singer. And...
Via Busted Coverage
1 day ago  |  Discuss

The Comeback Kid: How Scott Kazmir Resurrected His MLB Career

Some players fear that independent baseball leagues are where big league dreams go to die. But a stint with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League helped Scott Kazmir resurrect
Via Stack
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton Making Comeback

Free-agent right-handed pitcher Joe Blanton is trying to make a comeback to the major leagues. Blanton will hold an open workout, which includes a bullpen session, for teams interested in his services next week on February 4th, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. Joe Blanton holding an open workout and bullpen session for teams on Feb 4 in Nashville area. He’s healthy...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Blanton Comes Out of Retirement, To Hold Open Workout and Bullpen Session

View image | The former 'fifth ace' of the 2011 Phillies' rotation has decided to come out of retirement, according to MLB Trade Rumors' Tim Dierkes. Dierkes adds that the 34-year-old right hander will be holding an open workout and bullpen session for teams on February 4th in the...
Via Philliedelphia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #98: Sonny Gray | SP | OAK

Heading into last season I was very high on Sonny Gray. He made his debut in mid-2013 right before the All-Star break and pitched to some impressive ratios across 64 solid innings. Following up his notable rookie campaign, he was able to put up very similar numbers over a full season’s worth of innings and ended up as the 27th-best SP on ESPN’s Player Rater. If you look at...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Prospects to watch in 2015

The Oakland A’s have acquired numerous young players this offseason and their prospect pool has grown exponentially. Some of these prospects are already on the 40-man roster while some are non-roster invitees for spring training. So, lets go back to the minor leagues and see who are the prospective players for watch for 2015. Matt Olson Olson is the Oakland A’s number one prospect...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics, infielder Eric Sogard agree on 1-year contract

  Infielder Eric Sogard has reached a $1,075,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics to avoid salary arbitration, and left-hander Fernando Abad also agreed to a one-year deal Friday. Sogard, who earned $510,000 last year, asked for $1,425,000, while the A's offered $900,000. Abad will earn $1,087,500. He had a 1.57 ERA over a career-high 69 appearances in his first full...
Via AP on Fox
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Who are the potential substitute closers?

Before the 2015 season has even begun, the Oakland A’s have been struck with some bad news. Their closer, Sean Doolittle, has sustained an injury. It has been reported that Doolittle has a minor rotator-cuff tear, which will not require surgery. Even though management is categorizing this injury as “slight”, Doolittle will miss the start of the 2015 season. So, who will be...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A's reliever Doolittle not expected ready for start of season

  Oakland Athletics closer Sean Doolittle is unlikely to be ready for the start of the season because of a slight tear to the rotator cuff in his left shoulder along with considerable inflammation and irritation in the area. Doolittle had a platelet-rich plasma injection last Friday in an attempt to decrease the inflammation and irritation before he begins rehabilitation under the...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Doolittle to Miss Start of 2015 Season

Oakland A’s closer Sean Doolittle is expected to miss the start of the 2015 season because of a rotator cuff injury. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Sean Doolittle won’t be closing games for the Oakland A’s when the 2015 season starts. With ESPN reporting that Doolittle has a rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder, it appears the left-hander won’t be available early...
Via The Sports Journal
7 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Lose Closer Sean Doolittle For The Start Of The Season

Sean Doolittle. Photo Credit: Juan DeLeon/Icon SMI Oakland Athletics’ All-Star closer Sean Doolittle will not be ready for Opening Day. As of Friday, the A’s do not know when he will be able to return to the team. “At this point, we have no time frame for Sean’s return,” assistant general manager David Forst wrote in an email to beat writer Jane Lee, “but we...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jonny Gomes, Braves Agree To One-Year Contract Reportedly Worth $4M

Jonny Gomes is headed to Atlanta. The Braves confirmed Thursday that they signed the former Boston Red Sox outfielder to a one-year contract with a vesting option for 2016.’s Jerry Crasnick reported that the deal is worth $4 million. The Red Sox signed Gomes prior to the 2013 season, and although he wasn’t one of the top performers, his timely...
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Many of the Ways that Tyler Clippard Is Unusual

I’m going to let you in on a little secret that might not actually really be much of a secret. The most difficult part of this job isn’t the writing or the analysis. At least, as far as I’m concerned, the most difficult part of this job is finding ideas, and finding them consistently. Once […]
Via Fangraphs
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals Acquire Yunel Escobar From Athletics

According to John Heyman of CBS Sports, the Nationals have acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Oakland Athletics. This is the second time Escobar has been traded in the past several days. On Saturday, the 32 year old shortstop was traded from the Rays to Oakland in exchange for catcher John Jaso and two prospects. William Ladson of reported that the A’s will receive...
Via Mets Merized Online
16 days ago  |  Discuss

A's trade Yunel Escobar to Nationals for Tyler Clippard

Apparently, the Oakland Athletics think Marcus Semien can be their starting shortstop after all. OK, that’s burying the lede a bit. Just days after acquiring Yunel Escobar from the Rays, general manager Billy Beane flipped the shortstop to the Nationals, reportedly in exchange for reliever Tyler Clippard. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was the first to report Escobar had been dealt...
Via The Outside Corner
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The Athletics Trade a Shortstop for a Reliever

On the face of it, trading a shortstop for a reliever seems like a bad idea. Especially when the shortstop is under team control for a year longer. But teams aren’t vacuums, and you can’t cram all of your players into one depth chart without scraping some elbows. In other words, Yunel Escobar can’t pitch, […]
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss

In Ben Zobrist, the Athletics get their rent-a-star (and more)

This hasn’t been the typical offseason for Billy Beane, as we all know. He has traded away… pretty much every one that was on their Opening Day roster last season: Having some fun with the 2014 #Athletics Opening Day lineup on the @CSNAuthentic telestrator. — Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattCSN) January 11, 2015 But that shouldn’t surprise anyone, because...
Via Batting Leadoff
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Reddick sends great 'Dumb and Dumber' tweet about A's

Josh Reddick just needed to have a little faith in his general manager. The Oakland Athletics have made some head-scratching moves this offseason, most notably trading their star, Josh Donaldson, to the Toronto Blue Jays on Nov. 28. Like the rest of the baseball world, Reddick was confused by the trade, but he took his doubt a step further and openly criticized his ballclub, stating...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

A's acquire Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar

After an offseason that has seen him purge the Oakland Athletics of their Major League talent, general manager Billy Beane has apparently pulled off a rather big trade. According to multiple media reports, Oakland has acquired All-Star Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for John Jaso and two minor league players. This move fills a ton of...
Via Sportsnaut
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Sonny Gray’s Inevitable Rise to Stardom

Sonny Gray, right-handed hurler for the Oakland A’s, will continue his rise to stardom in 2015 and beyond. (Mandatory Credit: Rick Yeatts/Getty Images) Sonny Gray doesn’t physically resemble an ace. Upon closer examination, the Oakland A’s starting pitcher doesn’t even have the build of a typical mound presence. Listed at 5-10, 180 pounds, and probably only weighing that...
Via The Sports Journal
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Beane did not want to trade Josh Donaldson

Remember all the speculation about Billy Beane possibly trading Josh Donaldson because of a conflict of personalities? It looks like we have confirmation that that was not the case. Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi published a piece on Tuesday about how the Donaldson trade between the A’s and Blue Jays unfolded. The trade, which was announced on...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
December 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Brett Lawrie visits girl who was devastated when he got traded

YouTube videos of kids crying over sports are really nothing new, so when a Toronto Blue Jays fan posted one of his inconsolable 6-year-old daughter after Brett Lawrie was traded, most people probably watched it and moved on. Not Brett Lawrie, though. The third baseman, who was shipped to the Oakland Athletics for Josh Donaldson, saw the viral video and took notice. So on Friday...
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Five questions to ask ahead of the MLB Winter Meetings

If you like being pelted with blurry pebbles of information for three or four days in a row (with the occasional blockbuster-ish boulder), prepare yourself: the Winter Meetings are coming. Every general manager in baseball will be at the Hilton Bayfront in San Diego Dec. 7–11, swapping names and tossing around enormous sums of money like playing cards. Alongside them, about...
Via The Sports Post
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

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