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Oakland A’s: Marcus Semien off to an impressive start this spring

Marcus Semien The Oakland A’s made a lot of changes to their infield this offseason including the acquisition of the 24-year-old Marcus Semien. Semien came over from the White Sox and has played in the MLB sporadically over the past two years. The Oakland A’s told the press that Semien would have every chance to earn the spot as starting shortstop, but many remained worried...
Via isportsweb.com
54 minutes ago  |  Discuss

A’s Pitcher Jesse Chavez Has A Nice Work Truck

  This embed is invalid" /> That’s new A’s third baseman Brett Lawrie hanging on pitcher Jesse Chavez’s truck in Arizona, presumably at their Spring Training facility in Mesa. I’m guessing that truck doesn’t get very good gas mileage. You can’t really blame Jesse, 31, for enjoying life a little bit with a military surplus truck. He will...
Via Busted Coverage
4 hours ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito launches A's comeback with two innings vs. Cubs

  Joe Maddon gushed about the ballpark and the fans. He praised starter Travis Wood and said he liked the performance by his team. Surrounded by his family under a beautiful blue sky, the new manager of the Chicago Cubs sounded quite pleased with his first game of spring training. ''Just a really, really nice, wonderful first day,'' he said after a 2-2 tie against Barry Zito and...
Via AP on Fox
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Moving Coco to Left is the Right Decision

The A’s will start Coco Crisp in left field today in a seemingly meaningless Cactus League game, however their intentions of moving the stalwart center fielder permanently to the left corner is more than just an experiment. If you are a fan of advanced statistics, it would be an easy decision to move Crisp out of center field to go with the platoon of Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld...
Via BaySportsNet
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Oakland Athletics

Every winter, we always get one or two “What the hell is Beane doing?” moments. This offseason, we had even more of those. In selling off key pieces of what has been a playoff team for three consecutive years, Billy Beane raised no shortage of eyebrows. Some questioned if he was already punting the year and setting up for the future. But even in moving key players such as Josh...
Via The Outside Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Oakland Athletics

Every winter, we always get one or two “What the hell is Beane doing?” moments. This offseason, we had even more of those. In selling off key pieces of what has been a playoff team for three consecutive years, Billy Beane raised no shortage of eyebrows. Some questioned if he was already punting the year and setting up for the future. But even in moving key players such as Josh...
Via Bloguin Best
1 day ago  |  Discuss

A’s Switch-Pitcher Pat Venditte Effective From Both Sides Of Mound (Video)

Pat Venditte wasn’t able to crack the major league roster in his first stop, but his second try got off to a good start Tuesday. Venditte is a “switch-pitcher,” who’s able to throw with both arms and changes in the middle of innings depending on the matchup, is in Oakland Athletics camp this season after seven seasons in the Yankees’ organization. Venditte got as high as...
Via NESN.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Welcome the 2015 Season with a Big Win

The opening game of the 2015 season was  anything but a low intensity practice for the Oakland Athletics. The A’s  went on to beat the reigning champions, the San Fransisco Giants, with an impressive box score of 9-4. While many Giant’s Fans are relenting that these games do not mean much, this was a strong and important message that Oakland came out with. Not only do the A’s...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s Prospect Profile: Billy Burns

Billy Burns. Photo Credit: Getty Images.   25-year-old centerfielder Billy Burns was first drafted out of Walton High School in Marietta, GA by the Atlanta Braves in the 16th round of the 2008 amatuer draft. Opting to attend Mercer University in Macon, GA before pursuing his Major League Baseball career, he was drafted again in the 32nd round of the 2011 draft by the Washington...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New season brings a new look Oakland A’s squad

Bob Melvin showing his love for the game by being friendly with the umpire. With less than twenty-four hours remaining until the 2015 Major League Baseball season starts, there is much chatter about how the Oakland Athletics will shape up. Facing their neighbor across the Bay and the 2014 World Champions, the San Francisco Giants, the A’s will have to bring their top notch talent...
Via isportsweb.com
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Billy Butler gave Josh Reddick X-Box for uniform number

After spending the first eight years of his major league career with the Royals, Billy Butler signed with the A’s as a free agent in November. For the past seven seasons, he has worn uniform No. 16. Thanks to Josh Reddick, Butler will be wearing the same number with Oakland. Reddick was happy to oblige,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A's switch-pitcher hopes to find spot with Oakland

MESA, Ariz. (AP) Pat Venditte is used to it by now. Teammates, coaches and others regularly stop him for a chance to check out his one-of-a-kind glove, the same one he has used for years featuring space for either hand. Venditte is a rare switch-pitcher. He hopes that versatility will make him a perfect fit for an Oakland club that values it so much. While there is intrigue with...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: The good, the bad, and the ugly of the intrasquad games

The Oakland A’s held two intrasquad games this weekend, giving everyone a first look at some of the new players that the A’s acquired this offseason. Even though more will be revealed about each player throughout the rest of the Cactus League games that start next week, these short games did give everyone a glimpse of what to expect for this upcoming season. Let’s take a look...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Mills, Chavez, Zito slated for Spring Training starts

Brad Mills Brad Mills, Jesse Chavez and Barry Zito are scheduled to start the first three games of Spring Training for the Oakland A’s. Mills will get the nod in Tuesday’s opener against the San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner. During the 2014 regular season, Mills was traded from the Milwaukee Brewers to the A’s to the Toronto Blue Jays and back again to the A’s...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Phegley hopes his style will catch on in Oakland

MESA, Ariz. (AP) It appears as though 2015 is shaping up to be quite a year for Josh Phegley. His wife, Jessica, is due to give birth to the couple's first child any day now. And Phegley figures to get a decent amount of playing time at catcher as the season moves forward for the Oakland A's. Phegley came to Oakland along with shortstop Marcus Semien as part of a December trade...
Via AP on Fox
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s player profile: Ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte

Pat Venditte The Oakland A’s have one player at training camp this spring that everyone is talking about. That would be ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte. Yes, you heard me correctly. Venditte can pitch both left and right handed, and he is pretty good. Venditte has been in the minor leagues for seven years with the New York Yankees but had the opportunity to sign with the Oakland...
Via isportsweb.com
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Ike Davis Still Has Dirty Taste In His Mouth

In an exclusive interview with Andy Martino of the Daily News, former Mets first baseman Ike Davis still has a bad taste in his mouth from his time in New York. Nearly a year removed from New York, he can now acknowledge several hard truths: His Valley Fever returned last spring, which was not previously known (Davis feels much better now, he says, but his 2014 Mets physical revealed...
Via Mets Merized Online
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A’s Will Rely on Vogt, Phegley to Handle Talented Staff

“I Believe In Stephen Vogt” was a popular chant amongst the A’s faithful in the right field bleachers during the 2014 season. This season, the Athletics management has unofficially adopted the same mantra by trading away All-Star catcher Derek Norris and left-handed platoon mate John Jaso, in favor of a catching core led by Vogt, the same man who once took 33 at-bats to get...
Via Baseball Essential
8 days ago  |  Discuss

A's begin baseball's mandatory domestic violence training

MESA, Ariz. (AP) The Oakland Athletics are starting their day in a makeshift clubhouse classroom, among the first major league clubs to undergo mandatory domestic violence training. Players arrived at HoHoKam Stadium around 7 a.m. Thursday ahead of the 90-minute class that began at 8. Designated hitter Billy Butler is in favor of baseball's proactive approach on the issue. ''Absolutely...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bay Area's Semien in the mix for A's shortstop job

MESA, Ariz. (AP) In the last year, the Oakland Athletics traded away two of their top shortstop prospects, Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson. To fill the hole in their organization, the A's acquired Marcus Semien in a trade this winter. Now the kid from the Bay Area is set on being in the opening-day lineup for his hometown team. The 24-year-old Semien was born in San Francisco...
Via AP on Fox
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Batting Leadoff
9 days ago  |  Discuss

A's players might want nametags for first full workout

MESA, Ariz. (AP) The Oakland Athletics might want to use nametags for the first full squad workout of the spring Wednesday. One would be hard-pressed to find a major-league team with more newcomers. ''Your team makes nine trades involving 27 players, that probably doesn't happen often,'' manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday. Melvin had a lot of young players pass through the revolving...
Via AP on Fox
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Oakland Athletics 2015 Season Preview

We have now hit that time of year. Pitchers and catchers have already reported. Though opening day is a little ways away, baseball has started in the eyes of the die-hard fans. The off-season has come to a conclusion, and the focus is on what to expect out of the upcoming series of baseball months. It also means the return of www.johnpielli.com ‘s 30-1 MLB countdown previews...
Via Baseball Essential
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Ike Davis Looks to Connect

Over the last few years it’s become pretty well accepted that a strikeout isn’t dramatically worse than any other kind of out for hitters. But that being said, making contact is still almost always better than not making contact. There might be a rare instance in which you’d prefer to swing through a pitch because […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

The Top-Five Athletics Prospects by Projected WAR

Earlier today, Kiley McDaniel published his consummately researched and demonstrably authoritative prospect list for the Oakland Athletics. What follows is a different exercise than that, one much smaller in scope and designed to identify not Oakland’s top overall prospects but rather the rookie-eligible players in the A’s system who are most ready to produce wins […]
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss
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