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James Shields: Ex-Teammate Jonny Gomes Helped Me Develop As Leader

Jonny Gomes still is leaving his fingerprints on October, apparently. James Shields has emerged as a leader — first in Tampa Bay and then in Kansas City — over the last nine seasons. According to the Royals ace, Gomes played a role in that development. James Shields mentioned Jonny Gomes as a teammate who helped him develop as a leader. Because of course. #boysclub #mensleague—...
Via NESN.com
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Red Sox may be ready to move Yoenis Cespedes

One of the biggest coups of the 2014 Major League Baseball season was the Boston Red Sox landing outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Oakland A’s in exchange for a few months of Jon Lester. Cespedes finished the season with 22 home runs and 100 RBIs, while Lester was decent for the A’s and will now hit free agency. Meanwhile, Cespedes has a year left on his contract. That...
Via Rumors and Rants
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Rumors: Angels will not let Athletics interview Dave Hansen

Since hitting coach Chili Davis left the Oakland Athletics for the Boston Red Sox, the Athletics will have to find a new man for the position. They have started searching, and they thought they may have found a strong candidate in Dave Hansen of the Los Angeles Angels. The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser tweeted Sunday evening that the Athletics had considered hiring...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A’s In The AFL – October 13-18 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: Outfielder Boog Powell   A’s Prospect AFL Highlights (October 13 – 18) Monday, October 13th: Shortstop Daniel Robertson went 1 for 3 with a walk and an RBI, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell, playing second base, went 1 for 3 with a walk in Mesa’s 2-1 loss on Monday. Tuesday, October 14th: Left fielder Boog Powell went 2 for 4 with a 2-run...
Via Athletics Farm
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Who will be the 2015 starter in left field?

With Jonny Gomes most likely leaving due to free agency, the Oakland A’s will not have a starting left fielder. In the Athletics depth chart, Stephen Vogt is their backup in left field. However, he is a catcher and after his foot surgery, he should be back behind the plate. Next comes Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry who were both backup outfielders for the Oakland A’s in 2014. Sam...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Chili Davis Reaches Agreement To Be Red Sox Hitting Coach

Former Oakland Athletics and Pawtucket Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis has reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox to be their new head coach, as Greg Colbrunn decided not to return to the position. 
Via CLNS Radio
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Reports: Red Sox agree to terms with Chili Davis to become hitting coach

Photo from thescore.comConor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)Contributing WriterAccording to multiple reports, the Red Sox have agreed to terms with Oakland Athletics hitting coach Chili Davis. Davis spent time as the hitting coach for the Pawtucket Red Sox before going to the Athletics for 3 years. The Athletics finished 4th in runs (4.5 a game, according to ESPN), but the offense was...
Via RedSoxLife
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics interested in Dave Hansen as hitting coach

The Oakland Athletics are interested in adding Dave Hansen as their hitting coach. Hansen would fill the role which was vacated by Chili Davis who left for Boston. Hansen ha been with the Los Angeles Angels as their assistant hitting coach. With Chili Davis heading to #RedSox, the Chronicle has learned the #Athletics have interest in #Angels asst hitting coach Dave Hanson. — Susan...
Via Tireball.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Rumors: Oakland to be looking for a new hitting coach soon

Oakland Athletics' hitting coach Chili Davis surely looks to be on the move. As our own Raymond Bureau reported, Davis has already interviewed with the New York Yankees and Susan Slusser of the A's has reported that he is also set to interview in Boston for their vacancy, too.#455267506 / gettyimages.com#Athletics Drumbeat:Hitting coach Chili Davis a good bet to head to ...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Who will replace Chip Hale?

The bench coach for the Oakland A’s, Chip Hale, was recently hired as the Arizona Diamondbacks new manager. Hale has been with the Athletics since 2011 and has long been considered manager material. Known for his strong work ethic and strong leadership, Hale will be missed on the Oakland A’s coaching staff and players. So who will replace Hale as the new Athletics bench coach...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Red Sox target Shields instead of Lester?

Just call him “Big Name” James. As James Shields leads the Royals into their first World Series since 1985, all eyes understandably are fixated on Kansas City’s ace. The rampant outside chatter centers as much on his looming free agency as his current playoff run, and the Red Sox are entrenched in the buzz despite the right-hander representing what should be Plan B. The Kansas...
Via NESN.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Vogt recuperating from foot surgery

A's catcher Stephen Vogt is scheduled for a post-surgery checkup Thursday, then will fly back from Los Angeles to Washington state to begin six to eight weeks of recovery. Vogt had Dr. Kenneth Jung repair the plantar plates in his right foot Tuesday. Along the way, Jung removed scar tissue built up over the last three months of the season as Vogt tried to play through the injury...
Via Pro Sports Daily
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Stephen Vogt should be ready for 2015 after foot surgery

The Oakland Athletics suffered a rash of injury as the season's final months. Were they to have made the divisional round of the postseason it may have been hard for them fully fill out their roster. With many set to heal this offseason, Susan Slusser is reporting that utility man Stephen Vogt should be ready to go when the season begins.Stephen Vogt says foot surgery went...
Via MLB Injury News
6 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Auctioning Off Game-Used Memorabilia From Wild-Card Game They Lost

Oakland Athletics fans probably want to forget this year’s American League wild-card game against the Kansas City Royals, but Major League Baseball certainly doesn’t think so. The MLB is auctioning off game-used memorabilia from the postseason matchup, including jerseys, hats and helmets. Starting pitcher Jon Lester and third baseman Josh Donaldson’s jerseys are already fetching...
Via NESN.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Jason Hammel Return to Wrigley?

Like kids with sugar plums dancing in their heads, Chicago Cubs fans have visions of Jon Lester, Max Scherzer, and/or James Shields in their dreams. While the acquisition of any of the aforementioned would certainly go a long way towards improving the 73-89 club, it won’t be enough to solidify a team that hopes to be competing in 2015. Similarly, the Cubs have been looking at depth...
Via Sports Mockery
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Offseason Outlook — Lots to Consider for 2015

We’re not nearly far enough removed from the 2014 season to be looking at 2015, but at some point I guess you always have to reach a point where you let the past go and start looking to the future. Admittedly, that’s a bit harder when the general feeling amongst A’s fans is that the team that had the best record in baseball for over half the season should still be playing....
Via BaySportsNet
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Hot Stove Rumors: Josh Donaldson

While the MLB postseason is not over, the Hot Stove season has already begun.  The minute teams have ended their season or been eliminated from the playoffs we have had writers who are not close to teams making pronouncements that certain players are already on the market. Now, I have no clue if anyone is or is not on the market. I talk to writers out there but have zero front...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s In The AFL – October 7-11 Update

A’s AFL Farmhand Of The Week: First Baseman Matt Olson   A’s Prospect AFL Highlights (October 7 – 11) Tuesday, October 7th: Left fielder Boog Powell went 1 for 3 with a run and a stolen base, first baseman Matt Olson went 0 for 3, and shortstop Daniel Robertson went 0 for 3 with a walk, while Cubs prospect Addison Russell went 1 for 4 with 2 RBIs in Mesa’s 9-3 loss on Tuesday...
Via Athletics Farm
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: 3 burning questions this offseason

The Oakland A’s have most likely already started to plan what the team will look like in 2015. Even though Josh Reddick pleaded for General Manager Billy Beane to not rip the team apart, it is clear that some major changes are on the horizon. So what are the three major burning questions everyone is asking about the Oakland A’s during this offseason? 1) How will the Athletics...
Via isportsweb.com
9 days ago  |  Discuss

A's Stephen Vogt, Brandon Moss set for surgeries

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt is scheduled for surgery on his troublesome right foot Tuesday, while outfielder Brandon Moss is set for surgery on his right hip later this month. Vogt said Friday he would have a procedure to repair a ruptured plantar plate, which kept him from catching down the stretch for the A's. The surgery will be performed by...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Josh Donaldson, Year End Review

Source: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America After each season ends, I look forward to looking back at divisive players to see how they fared. I did so with Carlos Gomez a couple of weeks ago. Spoiler: the people who believed in him were right, and he looks like a perennial top 15 talent for the time being. Josh Donaldson was another player that seemed to pit fantasy players...
Via The Fantasy Fix
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Dark horse team interested in Yasiel Puig: Athletics

In just two days after the Los Angeles Dodgers’ season ended, Yasiel Puig’s name has come up in trade rumors. On Thursday, George Ofman of WBBM Newsradio in Chicago said the Dodgers were looking to move Puig and the Chicago Cubs would be one of the teams interested in acquiring the 23-year-old. The other team interested could be the Oakland Athletics, according to Tim Kawakami...
Via Sports-Glory
12 days ago  |  Discuss

The Oakland A’s 2014 season awards

From a strong pitching staff to the players in the field, the Oakland A’s found great success during the first half of 2014, and some of those players continued to succeed throughout the entire season. Even though the Oakland A’s season was in the end disappointing, there were some stars on their team that deserve to be recognized. Here are the Oakland A’s 2014 season awards...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Claim Jorge De Leon, Release Adam Dunn

The Athletics have claimed righty Jorge De Leon off waivers from the Astros, the team announced on Twitter. To clear 40-man space, Oakland released Adam Dunn. Clearing Dunn from the roster was more a procedural mechanism than anything else at this point. The 34-year-old has indicated he is likely to retire at season’s end, and has already played out his contract. Over a short...
Via Pro Sports Daily
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics Injury Update: Brandon Moss and Stephen Vogt have surgery scheduled

The Oakland A's season ended with a 9-8 loss in the AL Wild Card game to the Kansas City Royals. Finishing the regular season with 88 wins, the A's were fourth in runs scored and third in ERA. Injuries were not a major factor this season, as six players appeared in over 120 games. There is some injury news though, as Brandon Moss and Stephen Vogt have surgery scheduled...
Via MLB Injury News
13 days ago  |  Discuss
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