American League


Giants advance with help from unlikely hero, Four Division Series Games set for Friday

As was predicted it was a pitcher’s duel of almost epic proportions in New York on Wednesday night. Madison Bumgarner out pitched Thor, aka Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets, but just barely. With their closer, Jeurys Familia, in in the top of the ninth inning with the score still stuck at nothing all an unlikely hero emerged for the San Francisco Giants. Infielder, and not everyday player, Conor Gillaspie launched a three run home run off of Familia. Gillaspie was just a fill in for the night taking over for Eduardo Nunez who hasn’t played since September 25, […]

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Jays defeat O’s, MadBum vs. Thor

This is likely a recap that you already know, if you follow baseball regularly. If you do not that’s ok. Last night’s American League Wild Card Game – while intense – is somewhat easy to condense (not meant to rhyme – sorry).  The AL Wild Card one-game playoff between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles took place at the Rogers Centre in Toronto last night. The weather was nice and for the first time since 1985 (when Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox was the Jays’ skipper) the Blue Jays hosted an open air postseason game.  According to […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]