The Oakland Athletics had more players named to Major League Baseball’s 85th Mid-Summer Classic, held Tuesday at Minnesota’s Target Field, than any other team in all of baseball. Going into the second half of the season with baseball’s best record, they probably should have. Technically, the A’s had six players named to the American League’s roster and one on the National League’s roster, for a total of seven players from Oakland attending the game. Unfortunately, the seventh and final player was not eligible to play in the game but he was still there, giving the Athletics the most All-Stars they’ve had in an All-Star game since moving to Oakland in 1968.
Six Oakland A’s were named to the A.L. All-Star roster each year from 1972-1975. Though they only had one player start the game in 2014, each of the six eligible players got a chance to play in the game, something that cannot be said for the ’72, ’73, ’74 and ’75 Oakland All-Stars.
While the 1972 team had the most players starting the game and two of those teams’ had A’s as starting pitchers, the Oakland A’s have never had an All-Star team in which all six eligible players got into the game until now. The team had also not had a position player on the roster since 2003 when Ramon Hernandez was elected as one of the A.L.’s reserve catchers.
So how did this group of All-Stars fare in their debuts on one of baseball’s biggest stages? To find out how they played and their thoughts on the game CLICK THE LINK BELOW: