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RHP Jharel Cotton to make MLB debut Wednesday

September is all about call-ups for teams who are not in contention for the postseason. The Oakland Athletics have called up some pretty promising prospects so far, especially in third baseman Ryon Healy (who was actually called up in mid-July), two second baseman in Chad Pinder and Joey Wendle, as well as quite a few pitchers including Raul Alcantara and the biggest, most intriguing call-up so far: Jharel Cotton. Cotton was acquired as part of the trade that sent Josh Reddick and Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Of course, at first it appeared that the Dodgers had gotten […]

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A’s 2017 infield already overcrowded

The Oakland Athletics have a number of very talented and MLB-ready prospects who will be looking to break into the big leagues either in September or next season. Quite a few of them have been discussed already–the outfielders, the guys to watch for as potential members of the starting rotation and now it’s time to take a look at the infield. The A’s have more infield prospects ready for the majors than they do outfielders or pitchers, meaning choosing the infield next season could be a mess. The A’s may already have a better idea of who is staying, who is […]


Coco Crisp still epitome of loyalty and leadership for A’s fans

Despite choosing to leave Oakland for Cleveland, Coco Crisp still beloved by A’s fans It’s going to be hard for Oakland Athletics’ fan to say goodbye to Coco Crisp. His trade to the Cleveland Indians was finalized Wednesday, just in time to make sure that Crisp would be eligible for the Indians’ postseason roster.  A fan-favorite, Crisp was also the longest tenured member of the A’s. Crisp played seven seasons with the Athletics, which is considered a VERY long time in Oakland, a place where the filthy-rich ownership refuses to put money into the team’s payroll to keep players long-term. Therefore […]

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Predicting what the A’s 2017 outfield will look like

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 Josh Reddick in right field. Upcoming free agent Reddick, a staple with the A’s since 2012, has now been traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Burns suffered a big sophomore slump and after being sent down to Triple-A Nashville was eventually being traded to the Kansas City Royals for another […]


Four potential starting pitchers for the A’s in ’17, that you MUST watch this September

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 with the Houston Astros and most recently, 24-year-old Jharel Cotton in the trade that sent Josh Reddick and Rich Hill to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They’ve added younger arms and relievers too. That includes using their top three draft picks to pick up three pitchers in left-hander in A.J. Puk, […]


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Kendall Graveman looks like a new man on the mound

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 it wasn’t a commonly used term until 2012. He named the “Maddux” after coming across a box score in which Maddux used fewer than 100 pitches to throw a complete game shutout. So it was kind of big news in the baseball world when Graveman, who’s had his ups and […]


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

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, that’s an Oakland franchise record for most stints in one season. It hasn’t bothered Triggs too much, being that he hails from Nashville. While having a home in Nashville hasn’t made all the changes easy, it’s made having such a transient life a bit simpler. Whether he’s moving between Nashville […]

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Updated: Thoughts on the details of the Valencia/Butler altercation 2

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 as saying. “I have respect for him, I hope he has respect for me. He’s my teammate.” Butler waited until Wednesday to address the media and his teammates. While this is somewhat understandable being that he incurred a concussion in the altercation with Valencia, his statements did not seem to […]


Clubhouse incident could negatively affect both Valencia and Butler

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. Yet A’s skipper Bob Melvin did say that Butler did not have the flu. Luckily, in a way, the A’s are out of contention this season so if Butler loses playing time, with what is being speculated as a concussion given the symptoms, the A’s will not be in any […]

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

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 team’s shortstop position this (and probably next) year and Pinder can play second. It seemed the logical way to go. The A’s need to look at as many of their MLB ready prospects as possible as this season ends. There will be decisions that need to be made in the […]