A's radar gun goes haywire

The A’s stadium is known infamously for many reasons including sewage issues, too much foul ground, and electrical outages. You can now add a radar gun being the fritz to the list as tonight’s game showed pitches ranging from 1 mph (how long would that take to reach home plate) to 400 MPH. Could one even see a 400 MPH? Would that shatter a bat regardless of where it hit it?...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A’s Stadium Radar Gun Clocks Pitch Speeds Over 200 MPH

The A’s stadium is known infamously for many reasons including sewage issues, too much foul ground, and electrical outages. You can now add a radar gun being the fritz to the list as tonight’s game showed pitches ranging from 1 mph (how long would that take to reach home plate) to 400 MPH. Could one even see a 400 MPH? Would that shatter a bat regardless of where it hit it?...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Speaking of Baseball, Ayn Rand, Who Would Have Loved The Yankee Stadium Moat, Flopped In Theaters This Weekend

Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? took in less money than a Legends Suites food action station. Gladdened by the news, I did a lurk-and-gloat at some Rand fansites. My favorite comments:Kittyhawk: We drove about 45 minutes to see a 11:40 showing of ASIII on Friday in the Tampa area with our six year old, who said after, "I like Atlas Shrugged. Let's go see it again tomorrow...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What is Going on in Oakland?

If you’re curious as to why coverage has seemingly been so scarce regarding the Milwaukee Brewers’ collapse from late August into September, it’s because one team out in the AL West figured they’d try to best them. Or something. I’m talking about the Oakland Athletics, and their tremendous fall from first place to struggling for a Wild Card spot. Sound familiar? That...
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Against the Grain: LA Angles Win Without Pitching

The current thinking around Major League Baseball holds that dominant starting pitching is absolutely necessary for success, certainly in the regular season, but even more so in the playoffs. Teams bend over backwards to make sure they have a formidable short series staff. On the flip side, when teams make deals that might detract from the front end of the rotation they bear a...
Via Off The Bench
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics Collapse as Team stops Playing ‘Moneyball’

By Anthony Weber The Oakland Athletics were in control of the American League West for much of the season, as the team was well on their way to having the league’s best overall record.  Then the Athletics General Manager, Billy Beane decided to play the Yankee way instead of the Moneyball way. As of July 5th, the Athletics had an MLB best 54-33 record, several days later the Athletics...
Via Beyond The Spread
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Mental Collapse Is the Best Explanation for the Oakland A’s Sinking Season

As Yogi Berra once said, “Baseball is ninety percent mental. The other half is physical.” If I had a great Shooty Babbit “Shootyism” for such an occasion I’d certainly share it, but for now we have to settle with what Yogi said, and to a large degree, I think it sums up the August-September collapse of the Oakland A’s perfectly. Last night I posted a series of Tweets...
Via BaySportsNet
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Skewed Left: The Billy Beane Famous-Old-DH Gambit by Zachary Levine

The acquisition of Adam Dunn continues one of Billy Beane`s most repeated tactics. Does it work?
Via Baseball Prospectus
13 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s and Tigers added pitching, but may have underestimated hitting

A funny thing happened on the way to the inevitable ALCS showdown between the Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers – both teams stopped playing well. Entering play on August 19, neither team holds first place in its respective division. The Tigers are two games behind the Royals in the AL Central, while the A’s are a half-game back from the Angels in the AL West. Both clubs...
Via The Outside Corner
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals, Not Tigers, Could Be A’s Biggest Challenge

Just when you think there isn’t anything more that can be written about the Kansas City Royals over the last four weeks, a new storyline arises.When Jason Vargas took the hill on Wednesday night against Oakland the Royals were coming off a 11-3 shellacking at the hands of the Athletics the night prior. Grantland featured an article that subtly criticized the Royals philosophies...
Via Pine Tar Press
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Athletics Come Back to Haunt Oakland

With the flurry of trades, acquisitions and other moves Billy Beane routinely makes each season, it is no surprise that there are a massive amount of players in the MLB that have at one time or another been on the A’s roster. It is unorthodox, however, that these former Athletics always seem to put a pounding on their former club. Sunday was no different, as Kurt Suzuki (OAK, 2007...
Via BaySportsNet
August 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Why Moneyball May Finally Pay Off for Billy Beane in 2014

Photo by Eric Risberg/Associated Press/ Written by: Curt Ashcraft (@cashcraft740) Edited by: Matt Shock (@shockwave_music) Follow us on Twitter! @OS_Report Like Us on Facebook!   During the fall of 2011, one of my favorite sports movies of all-time hit the theatres. The movie was titled Moneyball and it summarized the baseball method of sabermetrics that Billy...
Via In The Neutral Zone
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Power Rankings: Week 18

Do we just give the Oakland Athletics their 2014 World Series rings now? While nothing is guaranteed, every single person associated with baseball in one way or another has to appreciate and fear what Billy Beane has been able to do in Oakland. With how good Oakland has been all year and how good their pitching staff is at this moment, the A’s are without a doubt one of, if not...
Via Grandstand University
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

John Jaso (C / DH, OAK) – Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in AL-Only Leagues, Most Mixed Leagues ANALYSIS: The 30-year-old Jaso has found his place in baseball within Billy Beane’s platoon system. He has been playing half his time at DH, the other half behind the dish. Now, with Yoenis Cespedes out of Oakland, things should open up for Jaso to play everyday, […]
Via RotoBaller
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

So, Dave Dombrowski didn’t actually send smack talk to Billy Beane

Remember on Thursday I relayed a story from Jane Lee of about Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski sending some good-natured smack talk to Athletics general manager Billy Beane? Awesome story, right? Unfortunately, it didn’t exactly go down as originally reported. According to Matthew B. Mowery of the Oakland Press, it was actually Beane who sent a message to Dombrowski...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Can the Oakland A’s Compete Beyond 2014?

In case there were any doubts after the Jeff Samardzija trade, there can be no doubts anymore after the Oakland A’s traded to acquire Jon Lester.  The man behind these moves, GM Billy Beane, has made it seem that 2014 will either be his first World Series ring as Oakland’s general manager or the year will be a bust.  The expectations are certainly increasing with the additions...
Via TopSportsReport
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski Texts Billy Beane: ‘You Have 1 Minute To Acquire Chris Sale’

The Oakland Athletics and Detroit Tigers’ probable playoff showdown is already off to an entertaining start. The A’s bolstered their already-strong rotation by acquiring Jon Lester — in addition to outfielder Jonny Gomes — from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes early on trade deadline day. For a few hours, Billy Beane had assembled the most daunting rotation...
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Deadline Day: Beaneball, Fire Sales, and the Right Price

And...breathe. For now, most of the activity around Major League Baseball's front offices ceases, but surely only for a moment. Thursday's non-waiver trade deadline came and went, but it started with a bang and ended with an even bigger one. The theme of the day seemed to be younger, major league ready, controllable players in return for the bigger names on the block. Let...
Via The Sports Post
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The Oakland A's and the injury side of the Lester-Céspedes trade

Early on Thursday, the Oakland A's traded Yoenis Céspedes to the Boston Red Sox for Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes. The move gives the A's a fearsome top four of Lester, Sonny Gray, Scott Kazmir and Jeff Samardzija and they are clearly setting up a rotation that they feel can win the World Series.Many feel Oakland gave up too much and have left their offense lacking without...
Via Sports Injury Alert
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Beane And His Game Of Thrones

It has been clear for months that Oakland Athletics General Manager Billy Beane is playing for keeps. From the onset of the December free-agent spree and well into the summer, he has changed the usual status quo that his measured, “Moneyball” famous approach has traditionally gone. Instead, he has set out as the most aggressive […] The post Billy Beane And His Game Of Thrones...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Billy Beane, Dave Dombrowski exchange funny trade deadline texts

Two World Series contenders from the American League got even stronger on Thursday when the Oakland A’s landed Jon Lester and the Detroit Tigers traded for David Price. The A’s and Tigers have arguably the two best starting rotations in baseball now, and both of their general managers are well aware of that. Just before […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers GM Sends Billy Beane Funny Text After Acquiring David Price

Who said friendly one-upmanship was gone from the game of baseball? Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane acquired Jon Lester from the Boston Red Sox in a deal that included Yoenis Cespedes on Thursday morning. At that time, most of us figured Beane had pulled off the two biggest trades of the season (A’s also acquired Jeff Samardzija in early July).  Unfortunately for...
Via Sportsnaut
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Royals head out west for weekend series with A's

Over the last month, Oakland general manager Billy Beane hasn't been the least bit shy to pay a premium price for the Athletics to boast one of the most feared rotations in baseball. He won the bidding war for coveted starter Jon Lester before Thursday's trade deadline, but it came at quite a cost as the offense now must make up for the loss of Yoenis Cespedes. The A'...
Via Fox Sports Kansas City
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Analyzing the Jon Lester trade

Wow. The Oakland A’s made trade headlines once again. Many thought that the Athletics-Chicago Cubs trade was the blockbuster trade of the season. But General Manager Billy Beane has done it again and completed an even bigger move. With less than 12 hours before the trade deadline, the Oakland A’s traded All-Star and two time Home Run Derby Champion Yoenis Cespedes and a competitive...
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Dave Dombrowski texted Billy Beane after Tigers acquired David Price

Re: Price to Tigers, Beane "had a feeling it was going to happen." Dombrowski jokingly texted, "You have 1 minute to acquire Chris Sale" — Jane Lee (@JaneMLB) August 1, 2014 This is how trade deadline day played out: Billy Beane’s A’s traded for Jon Lester. A few hours later, Dave Dombrowski raised them a David Price, and then apparently sent the above...
Via Detroit4lyfe
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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