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Despite stadium woes in Oakland, the commissioner has given people hope Some events from the past week may have pried open a very tiny crack in a very old and very stuck door, allowing a teeny tiny sliver of light to shine through as a glimmer of hope for fans […]

Oakland has reality-based hope for the future

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Four months ago, prior to the start of the regular season I wrote about Athletics starter Kendall Graveman being poised to have a breakout season in 2016. As it turned out, that prediction did not pan out in the season’s first half.  However, Graveman has suddenly started to turn things around. […]

Is Kendall Graveman beginning to breakout in the second half?

Alex Bregman, compete
The Houston Astros are different from the majority of contending ball clubs right now. So many, two good examples being the Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Dodgers, are so decimated by injuries that they are in need of starting pitching. The St. Louis Cardinals suddenly found themselves in need of […]

Astros can compete without having to make a trade   Recently updated !

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Why am I writing about something other than the Oakland A’s or the AL West? Well, simply because stealing home is rare, it’s cool and it’s just kind of bad ass! You just don’t see it everyday. With the Washington Nationals up 6-1 on the Los Angeles Dodgers, Trea Turner […]

Nats Trea Turner steals home against Dodgers (video)

Marcus Semien embodies each quality necessary to win the overall “Heart and Hustle Award If there ever were criteria for an award that matched up with Marcus Semien it would be the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s (MLBPAA) “Heart and Hustle Award.” The award is given to one player […]

Marcus Semien embodies each quality of the “Heart and Hustle ...

Rich Hill, asking price
The A’s may be asking a bit too much for lefty starter Rich Hill. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Boston Red Sox were talking to Oakland about the veteran pitcher, but things fell flat when the A’s requested the organization’s fourth-ranked prospect, right-handed pitcher Anderson Espinoza. The Red Sox […]

Is the A’s asking price for Rich Hill too high?

Ryon Healy
Ryon Healy makes his MLB debut The A’s 16th rated prospect started the year playing with Double-A Midland. Corner infielder Ryon Healy probably didn’t think he’d have a chance to play third base for Oakland’s big league team for the second half of the season. He started for the A’s […]

Ryon Healy is being given his chance at third for ...

The real reason I love the DH! I’m likely in the minority as I write this, however, I have my reasons and understand both parts of the issue. The issue I’m talking about it the designated hitter. Now, if you knew many of my beliefs about the game, its history […]

The real reason I love the DH!

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What’s Gone Wrong in the first half of 2016: Let’s face it; the Oakland Athletics haven’t had the greatest first half. It was actually worse than the first half of the team’s 2015 season in which they went 41-50. Sunday, after yet another late-inning loss to the Houston Astros, the A’s finished the […]

Finding the positives in the A’s first half of 2016

Ryan Dull
On Saturday Oakland A’s reliever Ryan Dull saw his streak of not allowing an inherited runner to score end at a record setting 36 runners.  Starter Kendall Graveman had pitched eight beautiful innings but found himself in a bit of trouble in the bottom of the ninth Saturday, when he […]

Ryan Dull sees streak end, but A’s defeat Astros 3-2

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I recently discussed reasons why the Oakland A’s should keep veteran starting pitcher Rich Hill around, despite the left-hander’s age and the limited number of good starting pitchers on the trade market this year. With a plethora of teams in desperate need of starting pitching in order to take their season into […]

The time to shop Josh Reddick is now

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As the trade deadline approaches, the consensus among most baseball insiders and experts is that the options for contenders who need starting pitching are slim-pickings. Two of the main potential candidates are from the Oakland Athletics in Sonny Gray and Rich Hill, with Hill being the most likely to be […]

Should the A’s really trade Rich Hill?

Brad Ziegler
Late last night while most of the east coast was probably asleep, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded closer Brad Ziegler to the Boston Red Sox.  The Red Sox filled a very immediate need by acquiring Ziegler or two minor league prospects, right-hander Jose Almonte and infielder Luis Alejandro Basabe. The team […]

ICYMI: DBacks’ closer Brad Ziegler traded to Boston

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Oakland overspends on international players The Oakland Athletics did something quite uncharacteristic on Saturday. They splurged on players, which is odd coming from a team that usually doesn’t spend money. Saturday marked the beginning of the international signing period that runs each year from July 2 until June 15 of […]

A’s splurge, signing five international players, exceed bonus pool

Rookies Manaea, Mengden and Overton may be key to A’s future  The Oakland Athletics have historically been at their best when their starting rotation led the way for the rest of the team.  The importance of a strong, healthy starting rotation helps even a mediocre bullpen or offense not be […]

Trio of rookies pitchers could be the key to A’s ...

Battle of the Bay
Today marks the most annoying time of year in the Bay Area: The Battle of the Bay begins Today marks the beginning of the “Battle of the Bay” regular season contests between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. They are always intense games, more so for the fans […]

Battle of the Bay Preview: 2016

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A’s use 11th different starter of the year: Call up Dillon Overton Saturday the Oakland Athletics used their 11th starting pitcher of the season. With their rotation decimated by injuries, the A’s have had to be creative to make sure that they had a pitcher to start a game every […]

Dillon Overton gets win for A’s in first MLB start

Rich Hill, doubleheader, starting pitching
A team without healthy starting pitching is doomed to have a dismal season To truly be a contender, a team needs all its pieces working well at the same time. Add a bit of luck to the equation and you may have a World Series champion. The 2015 Oakland Athletics proved […]

Examining the AL West shows the importance of starting pitching

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Can the Rangers sustain their lead in the AL without Colby Lewis? The Texas Rangers are having a good first half of the 2016 season, so good in fact that they have the best record in the American League by six games. The Rangers are 46-26 and leading the AL […]

What will the Rangers do without Colby Lewis?

edgar martinez
Keeping Martinez by far Dipoto’s smartest move When Jerry Dipoto took over as the new general manager of the Seattle Mariners prior to the season he made more than a few changes. He flipped over 40% of the Mariners roster between mid-September and mid-December. Dipoto kept a handful of the […]

Keeping Martinez as hitting coach was Dipoto’s best move for ...

Freeman, takeaways
Socks Girl’s seven takeways – Week 11 Well, I made a promise to myself and my blog to write my seven takeaways from the week every  Monday and I’ve already broken it by missing not just week nine but week ten as well …. I know, I know. Terrible – […]

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB Week 11

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Tim Lincecum makes first start in a year against the Athletics The Tim Lincecum who made his major league comeback with the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday wasn’t the same Tim Lincecum that played with the San Francisco Giants from 2007 to 2015. But that doesn’t mean his debut wasn’t a success. […]

Tim Lincecum makes his comeback with the Angels

Billy Burns
Friday night Kendall Graveman put up his best start of the year, holding the Angels to just three hits while striking out four through seven innings. He worked efficiently, getting ahead in the count and threw just 91 pitches.  It was by far his longest outing and best of the […]

Graveman cruises and Burns walks it off for A’s over ...

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Update: 6/22/16:  As of Tuesday night’s game in which the Athletics defeated the Brewers by the score of 5-3, Ryan Dull extended his streak of keeping inherited base runners from scoring to 30. He’s been quite impressive thus far in 2016. I think the title to this piece fits him […]

Ryan Dull: the guy you wish your team had in ...

Even though Major League Baseball doesn’t count combined hits between Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan and its records here in America, Ichiro Suzuki has still officially entered territory only occupied by one person – MLB’s Hit King Pete Rose! It’s really pretty amazing when you think about it – he […]

Ichiro gets hit no. 4,256, ties Pete Rose (sorta) – ...