AL West


White Cleat Beat is online & BBST is taking a short vacation!

Change can be a good thing! BBST is taking a vacation! Hey all! I’m sure that you’ve noticed that I have written anything new in the last few weeks, perhaps longer. I’m not sure anyone really cares but I’m putting my blog on vacation indefinitely but I am hoping to have it back up and running by the beginning of spring training 2017. Why would I do such a thing? It’s a good question. In November, to be honest I was just a bit burnt out so I slacked on my blog to keep a little bit of my sanity […]

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Bill King

Holy Toledo! Bill King is headed to the Hall!

If you’ve ever listened to sports in the East Bay then you likely know the voice of legendary broadcaster, Bill King, who is this year’s recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. His name is synonymous with Bay Area sports. A rare three sport broadcaster, King called Championships for the Oakland Raiders, Golden State Warriors and the Oakland A’s. Wednesday his name was finally, and it had been a long time coming, announced as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award for “major contributions” to the game of baseball. King passed away in 2005 and is receiving this award […]


A’s need to right mistake they made in ’13 & bring back Colon for ’17-’18

A’s may have the chance to fix the mistake they made with Bartolo Colon There are rumors. That’s all they are however, rumors. The rumors are about everyone’s favorite pitcher. Back on May 8th of this year I wrote about this pitcher and the cult following he’s developed. It’s only developed recently, even though he’s played 19 seasons in the big leagues. Of course I am talking about Bartolo Colon. Colon began developing a following during the 2013 season while playing in Oakland. At the age of 40 he put up numbers that were as good or better than the year […]

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athletics fan

A reaction to “49 Reasons it’s good to be an Athletics fan” – the Aww! the Meh & the Bad!

49 ReAsons it’s greAt to be An Athletics fAn Today, the A’s released a list of 49 reasons why it is HELLA cool to be an Athletics fan. I’m inclined to agree with them and I have reasons I could even add to their list. The team did a fun and thorough job with this list. Of course I had issues with a couple of their “reasons” but there were others that I loved so much that they brought tears to my eyes. This is a good list for a lot of A’s, or perhaps now-former A’s, fans to read. […]


The fascinating AL MVP race of 2016

When the calendar turns to October each year it’s time to begin thinking, not just about football or playoff baseball, but about which two players will take home Major League Baseball’s most prestigious awards the AL and NL Most Valuable Player Awards. While there are other honors awarded to players and managers in each league, the MVP award is the most important. For example, the Cy Young is the highest honor for a pitcher but the Cy Young Award winner can be the MVP as can the Rookie of the Year. In 2001 Ichiro Suzuki won both the AL ROY […]


Sean Rodriguez

A’s should take a look at Pirates’ Sean Rodriguez for 2017 1

Recently I wrote that the Oakland A’s were fairly set for next season, that they wouldn’t have much room left on the roster to go after more than one, perhaps two, free agents. Yet they do have a piece or two missing and it couldn’t hurt to bring in another veteran to support two-time all-star catcher Stephen Vogt in teaching the new young A’s team how to navigate playing everyday in the major leagues. The A’s could use another power bat. Even with rookies ready to help out in the outfield, designated hitter position and at first base, the A’s […]


A’s do still have few open spots for veteran free agents in 2017

Despite having a mostly full roster for 2017, the A’s will still need a veteran free agent or two The now-vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and current general manager David Forst began dismantling the Oakland Athletics after their epic collapse in 2014. The pair of front office execs traded away six of their seven 2014 All-Stars for prospects and some unproven MLB-ready players. They’ve since traded a couple more players, such as Josh Reddick and Rich Hill for more prospects. While their efforts have resulted in the Athletics having two of their worst seasons in the past two […]


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Are the A’s giving us a glimpse of their projected 2017 lineup?

The Oakland Athletics have been scoring runs — a lot of runs. This is somewhat unusual for a club that is fighting with the Los Angeles Angels to be the one who will not finish last in the AL West this season. Since expanding the roster on September 1, the Athletics have scored 93 runs. That number is the same as they scored in the entire months of both July and April. With 12 games left on the 2016 schedule, they are going to surpass their August total of 96 runs, which could easily happen Tuesday night in Oakland against […]


Billy Beane’s had a plan for the Athletics and it’s almost complete

People say “Moneyball” is dead. People say it worked once. Maybe that is true, but Billy Beane is not dead, nor is he done doing what he can to build Oakland a winning team. While those years of winning teams may still be a couple of seasons away, he’s been planning for them for sometime. Has he had to make some very — no, extremely — unpopular decisions in recent years? Sure he has. The biggest one is probably his decision to dismantle the core of the team after their second-half collapse in 2014. Most controversial was the trade of the […]

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Cotton, changeup

Cotton gets it done in second start with magical changeup

A lot of members on the Oakland Athletics were responsible for the team’s second win over the reigning World Champion Kansas City Royals in as many days. Left fielder Khris Davis and third baseman Ryon Healy went deep and Yonder Alonso’s double knocked in the A’s fourth and fifth runs in the top of the eighth. Even Marcus Semien, who was responsible for two of the Royals unearned runs early in the game, came back with an RBI single in the eighth. The A’s bullpen and defense were solid. Most memorable defensive plays belonged to Healy and Jake Smolinski in […]