cult-hero, Bartolo Colon
Bartolo’s got a cult following!  (*and I didn’t even start it but I will be a part of it!! LOL! #TeamBartolo!) Everyone loves Bartolo Colon. The 42-year-old has wowed the baseball community not just his incredible command when he pitches but his crazy defensive plays, happy-go-lucky attitude and, most interestingly, […]

Bartolo Colon: baseball's first cult hero

In the wake of Rougned Odor’s suspension, Jurickson Profar has made his long awaited return to the Rangers Jurickson Profar made his debut with the Texas Rangers as a September call-up in 2012. He began the 2013 season named baseball’s top prospect, but started the season at Triple-A Round Rock […]

Profar returns to Rangers, perhaps for good?   Recently updated !

Rich Hill
From unemployable at age 35 to big league ace by 36, Rich Hill defies all odds Thirty-six-year-old Rich Hill, who had bounced around for years mostly as a reliever, had control problems, suffered a personal tragedy, underwent two surgeries and then, while playing independent ball, decided to reinvent himself back […]

Defying all odds, Rich Hill is one of the league’s ...

Bautista & Odor, brawls, profar
When Bryce Harper said, “Make baseball fun again” it’s doubtful this is what he meant …. Glorifying baseball brawls will just lead to more, likely among the kids who idolize the players involved    The brawl between the Texas Rangers and the Toronto Blue Jays that occurred two Sundays ago […]

Rougned Odor has glorified baseball brawls

left-heavy rotations
Seven takeaways from MLB week 7 Each week on Monday (I figure I  can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’ve been giving  you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB,  plays, events, matchups or […]

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 7

Sonny Gray, DL
After five very poor starts, it was time for the A’s to put Gray on the DL Sunday the Oakland Athletics announced that Sonny Gray has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right trapezius. Daniel Coulombe has been called-up from Triple-A Nashville to replace Gray on […]

It’s about time the A’s put Sonny Gray on the ...

Khris Davis, grand fashion, disaster
If Davis goes down along with Reddick, it could spell disaster for Oakland Just when the A’s, who already had 11 players on the disabled list, thought things couldn’t get any worse, Josh Reddick broke his thumb sliding into second base on Thursday night. This left the A’s without their biggest trade […]

An injury to Khris Davis could spell disaster for A’s

Josh Reddick, thumb
Reddick’s thumb injury could cost him and the Athletics It was the bottom of the seventh inning and the Oakland Athletics’ right fielder, Josh Reddick, was on first. Already facing part of the New York Yankees’ “three-headed monster” in the form of one of the league’s best relievers, Dellin Betances, […]

Josh Reddick’s thumb injury a huge blow for him, A’s

Henderson Alvarez, Dr. James Andrews
Update: May 27, 2016 I’m a little late in updating this post but the good news for the A’s is that Dr. Andrews did not find any abnormalities in Alvarez’s MRI. He was cleared to start playing catch again on May 23rd. Hopefully Alvarez will be back in the near […]

Updated: Henderson Alvarez to see Dr. James Andrews

Khris Davis, grand fashion, disaster
Another dramatic win for the A’s, this time in GRAND fashion If you happened to be paying attention this weekend the A’s took two or three from the Tampa Bay Rays. Danny Valencia hit two homers in Friday’s win and three more on Sunday, becoming the first member of the […]

A’s stay hot, walk-off in GRAND fashion

athletics morale, manaea
Athletics morale high after series win over Rays Morale on the Oakland Athletics’ plane on the way home from their long East Coast road trip was likely higher than it’s been all season after the dramatic way they won their series over the Tampa Bay Rays. Teams have taken a […]

Athletics morale is high but there’s still work to do

Stephen Strasburg. Getty Images. 3
Seven Takeaways from MLB week 6 Each week on Monday (I figure I  can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’ve been giving  you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB,  plays, events, matchups or […]

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways from MLB week 6

Offseason Pitching Acquisitions Saturday we took a look at and graded the position players the Oakland Athletics picked up over the offseason in Yonder Alonso, Jed Lowrie, Khris Davis and Chris Coghlan. Now it’s time to look at the pitchers the A’s added during the offseason. After a disastrous 2015 […]

Grading the A’s offseason acquisitions: Pitchers

Chris Coghlan, offseason acquisitions
Position Player Offseason Acquisitions After a disastrous 2015 season in which the club finished at 68-94, its worst record since 1997, the A’s made quite a few changes. They let players go and added new ones from the infield to the outfield and to both the bullpen and starting rotation. […]

Grading the A’s offseason acquisitions: Position Players

Max Scherzer, strikeouts 1
A brief history of pitchers with 20 strikeout games Strikeouts are sexy. Well at least according to the Washington Nationals’ star pitcher Max Scherzer. He would know too. On Wednesday night Scherzer struck out 20 Detroit Tigers during a nine-inning game. “Tonight, at the end of the night, was a […]

Strikeouts are Sexy and Scherzer knows it!

Daniel Mengden 2
Will the A’s call up Daniel Mengden in 2016? With the recent struggles of the entire Oakland Athletics starting rotation, it’s time to take a look at some of the prospects the A’s may consider using in the future, maybe even this season. Daniel Mengden may be one of those […]

Could we see A’s pitching prospect Daniel Mengden in 2016?

Steph Curry
It’s no wonder he’s friends with President Obama – just listening to him give this speech you can see the similarities – articulate, intelligent, funny, humble – his speech is just about perfect. Just like the way the 2016 MVP vote went this year and it was a unanimous decision! […]

Taking a quick break from baseball … for Steph!

Josh Reddick, Matt Olson, free agent contract
Josh Reddick is hitting his way into a big free agent contract in 2017 Josh Reddick is currently on pace to have the best season of his career. Not only that, it is a contract year for the Athletics’ right fielder. He will be a free agent following the conclusion […]

Reddick is playing his way to a big free agent ...

starting rotation
 Oakland’s starting rotation is falling apart Going into spring training, the Oakland Athletics were planning on having a young, healthy and promising starting rotation. Sonny Gray, Jesse Hahn, Kendall Graveman, Chris Bassitt and Rich Hill were supposed to lead the way, likely in that very order. The team was even […]

Oakland’s rotation is starting to crumble, Can it be fixed?

Trayce Thompson, takeaways
Seven takeaways from week 5 Each week on Monday (I figure I  can handle a small commitment to my blog, right?) I’ve been giving  you a quick wrap up of seven important things that happened over the past week in MLB, and even some MiLB,  plays, events, matchups or whatever […]

Socks Girl’s seven takeaways for MLB week 5

Happy Birthday BBST 6
Happy Birthday BBST! Est. May 9, 2013 I’ll keep this short because I doubt anyone will read more than the title. LOL! BBST has been good to me over the past three years and it allows me to see how far I’ve come, after taking  an eight-year hiatus from writing […]

Happy 3rd Birthday BBST!!

Bartolo Colon, homer
Bartolo Colon hits first career home run!! #TEAMBARTOLO BABY!!! WOOOO!!!   Your browser does not support iframes. My life is seriously complete! I could die (after I finish writing this of course!) and be completely happy! My main man in baseball (and most of you know this from reading my […]

Bartolo Colon takes James Shields deep for first career home ...

baseball moment 2
My favorite baseball moment (written to *hopefully be published as part of an upcoming book, details soon if it is included) The most amazing baseball moment in my life began with a loss. It wasn’t at all your everyday regular season, we can get ‘em tomorrow, kind of loss. The […]

My favorite baseball moment

Rich Hill, doubleheader
Who else is excited for a doubleheader??  When I heard that the A’s game in Baltimore was postponed yesterday I was seriously bummed … I mean really? After an off-day too? Not fair. I was ready for some baseball, right?! Who wouldn’t be? Well to my surprise, this morning I […]

A’s, O’s to play doubleheader, Valencia back in lineup

astros, unsung hero
When the Oakland Athletics acquired Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros last November, they thought they knew the type of player they were getting. It was, afterall, the second time in two years that the Houston and Oakland had made a trade for the versatile infielder. The A’s thought they […]

Jed Lowrie is Oakland’s unsung hero