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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

Jaycob Brugman, outfield
The A’s outfield in 2017 will look completely different than it did in April 2016 The look of the Oakland Athletics’ outfield has changed quite a bit throughout the current season. It began with Khris Davis in left field, Billy Burns and Coco Crisp sharing time in center field and […]

Predicting what the A’s 2017 outfield will look like   Recently updated !

old friends bracket, round two, quarterfinals
The TBK “All Old Friends” Quarterfinals are finally here!  There are now four teams left in the All Old Friends bracket: the Oakland Athletics team that I put together will be going up against the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks will be taking on the New York Yankees, the […]

The Quarterfinals of the TKB “All-Old Friends” Bracket have arrived!   Recently updated !

Andrew Triggs.
The Oakland A’s have been focused on adding young talent to their farm system, mainly fresh MLB-ready starting pitchers. In the past year the A’s have added 24-year-old Sean Manaea in the trade that sent Ben Zobrist to the Kansas City Royals, 23-year-old Daniel Mengden in the Scott Kazmir deal […]

Four potential starting pitchers for the A’s in ’17, that ...

mound, breakout, positives, Kendall Graveman, Oakland A's, promotions, success, hahn,Burns
Just over a week ago, Oakland Athletics pitcher Kendall Graveman threw a “Maddux,” just days after having spoken with the Hall of Fame pitcher and childhood idol Greg Maddux. Throwing a “Maddux” is a termed coined by blogger Jason Lukehart back in 2012, actually he coined it in 1998 but […]

Kendall Graveman looks like a new man on the mound

Andrew Triggs, September
Twenty-seven-year-old Andrew Triggs made his fourth big league start for the Oakland Athletics on Monday. It was his third straight start since being called up from the A’s Triple-A affiliate Nashville Sounds on August 5, which was his eighth time moving between the team’s big league club and the minors. Technically, […]

Andrew Triggs is proving he’s a better starter than reliever ...

danny valencia, altercation
UPDATE: 8/24/16 – My thoughts on Billy Butler’s response to the situation CSN Bay Area’s A’s insider Joe Stiglich reported earlier today that Butler finally broke his silence regarding the incident between him and Danny Valencia that occured on Friday. While Valencia immediately addressed this incident and is quoted below […]

Updated: Thoughts on the details of the Valencia/Butler altercation

Danny Valencia, offense, incident
According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser, Billy Butler, currently one of the Oakland Athletics’ hottest hitters, was injured Friday night in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia. When Butler was out of the lineup over the weekend, the team maintained that Butler was suffering from nausea and vomiting. […]

Clubhouse incident could negatively affect both Valencia and Butler

On Wednesday, the Oakland Athletics called up their ninth-ranked prospect, shortstop Chad Pinder. The assumption by many was that he was going to take over immediately at second base for Jed Lowrie, who is on the 60-day disabled list with a foot injury. Marcus Semien has a stronghold on the […]

To prepare for ’17, A’s need to take long look ...

power hitter
You’ve probably heard the name. Actually you have probably heard the name multiple times, however, nine times out of ten when someone says the name “Chris Davis” in the same sentence as the words “home run,” your mind jumps to slugger Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles. That’s not the […]

A’s Davis is quickly climbing the ranks as an elite ...

old friends bracket, round two, quarterfinals
To find the Results from Round One CLICK HERE! Here at Today’s Knuckle (well, actually here being summarized on BBST!) we were each asked to build a team. There were criteria for this team and they are as follows: Each team is made up of a lineup (no DH), 5 […]

It’s ROUND TWO of TKB’s All-Old Friends Bracket! Vote here!

Billy Butler
Billy Butler is one of the Oakland Athletics’ hottest hitters which has come as a huge surprise to just about everyone, from the fans to the A’s brass to I’m sure other teams as well. Their scouting reports on Butler had to be changed quite a bit since the end […]

Billy Butler has suddenly turned into one of the A’s ...

old friends bracket, round two, quarterfinals
Today’s Knuckleball’s All-Old Friends’ Teams Bracket Here at Today’s Knuckle (well, actually here being summarized on BBST!) we were each asked to build a team. There were criteria for this team and they are as follows: Each team is made up of a lineup (no DH), 5 starting pitchers and […]

Vote here for TKB’s All-Old Friends Teams Bracket!

improbable hit
Thursday’s game between AL Central rivals the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals was drama filled up through the 11 innings it took for them to play it. The Cardinals struck in the first on a  single to right by Yadier Molina who plated Matt Holliday. It was the […]

This may be the most improbable hit you will ever ...

Zach Neal
Zach Neal made, what has so far been, the most important start of his seven year professional career on Monday. It wasn’t a playoff start or an all-star game start, it wasn’t even his first start in the big leagues and it definitely wasn’t a start for a 2016 contender. […]

A’s should give Zach Neal a real shot at starting

Byb Hub
BYB stands for Bleeding Yankee Blue. It’s a very successful New York Yankees blog that was started six years ago. Since then it’s grown and Robert Casey thought of making the BYB Hub! At first it was mostly a collection of Yankees blogs, however there are now tons of different baseball […]

An important post about blogging, baseball & respect from the ...

Gray, health
Update: 8/8/16** Manager Bob Melvin has since  made an announces  regarding Gray’s health. He said in his post game press conference that Gray has no structural damage in his arm. But I would keep in mind this was a preliminary MRI and the swelling and fluid in his arm has […]

Have the A’s properly handled Sonny Gray’s health in ’16?

future, grant holmes
In recent years the Oakland A’s have almost become synonymous with trading away their star players for prospects. They’re always building towards the future. Vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and general manager David Forst have made countless trades that sent all-star players to other teams in exchange for […]

The future A’s fans have been waiting for may finally ...

Josh Reddick, Getty Images.
Saying goodbye to Reddick, Hill & Burns When a team is a seller at the non-waiver trade deadline, like the Oakland Athletics were this year, it’s expected for the team to lose a few high-profile players in exchange for young prospects that can help them build for a stronger 2017 […]

Saying goodbye to Reddick, Hill & Burns, Plus what the ...

In a surprise early-deadline move, the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals swapped a pair of outfielders on Saturday. The Athletics sent 26-year-old Billy Burns to the Royals for 27-year-old Brett Eibner. It appears to be an odd move for the A’s. Just under a year ago, Burns was […]

A’s, Royals exchange OF Billy Burns for OF Brett Eibner

James Paxton, Paxton, Taijuan Walker
The starting pitching in Seattle has been drawing interest from around baseball. According to FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, teams have come calling about veteran Wade Miley and two of their younger starters in Taijuan Walker and James Paxton. Friday, however, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports spoke with Mariners’ general manager […]

Mariners need to trade Walker and Paxton while they still ...

Khris Davis, trade, Nottingham
Back in mid-February, the Oakland A’s traded their top pitching prospect Jacob Nottingham and minor leaguer Bubba Derby to the Milwaukee Brewers for left fielder Khris Davis. At the time there were many who questioned the trade for the A’s. They didn’t have much catching depth at the time and […]

Khris Davis deal was a good one for Athletics

lineup, burns, semien, untouchable
In a recent article, ESPN’s David Schoenfield made a list of each team’s most untouchable player with the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline quickly approaching. His criteria was pretty simple: “For the contenders,” Schoenfield wrote, “I considered prospects or young players who have been mentioned in rumors.” For teams not expected to […]

Marcus Semien has become the A’s most untouchable player

Joe Smith, Angels
The Los Angeles Angels are currently in the cellar of the American League West with a 45-55 record. It’s clear that this year is a wash, despite the team’s recent hot streak. The team needs to rebuild, and it must do so through trades. The Angels have one of the […]

Angels need great offer to make a deadline deal

Healy and the Athletics' celebrate. Getty Images.
Twenty-four-year-old Ryon Healy has had what he’ll always remember as the best week of his life. Well it was a week and two days, it was ten baseball games and it was one heck of a week for a rookie. Healy has been a spark for the Athletics who have […]

Ryon Healy’s providing the spark A’s need