Oakland Athletics


Oakland Athletics
Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum in Oakland was already a great day for the Oakland Athletics long before Matt Olson stepped up to the plate to face Baltimore Orioles’ closer Zach Britton in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Oakland Athletics were already up by the score of 8-3 and were on the verge of getting a much needed win in front of the home crowd.  After falling behind the Orioles and starter Jeremy Hellickson 2-0, the A’s came roaring back in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring five runs. The biggest three of those runs coming off […]

A’s rookie Matt Olson hits rare homer off Orioles’ closer ...



Battle of the Bay series trophy
Every year the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco giants play four regular season games. Now they call it the “Bay Bridge Series,” the way the teams in Los Angeles have the “Freeway Series” and in New York they have the “Subway Series,” but the “Bay Bridge Series” started out as something different and for those of us who still remember it, it’s something any of us will forget anytime soon.  First I’ll start out with the big news. Thanks to NBC Bay Area’s Brody Brazil who tweeted a great idea to Cal Trans about using a pieces of the old […]

A’s, Giants will now fight over Bay Bridge Trophy during ...



Oakland Athletics move Yonder Alonso in bizarre trade
Sunday the Oakland Athletics traded their only 2017 All-Star, Yonder Alonso, to the Seattle Mariners. There are many reasons this trade is surprising but let’s start with why it’s not. After all, the A’s do have a long history of trading away their All-Stars.  Given that the team is headed towards a third consecutive season with at least 90 losses, are in full-on rebuild mode and Alonso is having a career year on the eve of becoming a free agent, the first major waiver trade of the 2017 seasons seems that much more predictable. Given all the reasons trading Alonso […]

Oakland Athletics move Yonder Alonso in bizarre trade with Mariners


Yoenis Cespedes says he wants to return to Oakland Athletics
Unless you live under a rock or hate baseball in general (in which case I wonder what you are doing here?) you’ve heard about this by now, Yoenis Cespedes would like to return to the Oakland Athletics.  “I love Oakland all the time.” – Yoenis Cespedes Yes, Cespedes said that in a rare interview granted to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The reason the interview can be considered rare is because it was done completely in English without a translator, which is very unusual for the New York Mets’ Cuban star. I did say the Mets’ star. Yep. […]

Cespedes hopes to return to the Oakland Athletics and skipper ...


Oakland Athletics reunite with Chris Carter
The Oakland Athletics have reunited with an old friend, first baseman Chris Carter.  The Oakland Athletics announced Friday that they have signed Carter to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Nashville. Carter was drafted in the 15th round of the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft by the Chicago White Sox. He was eventually traded to the Oakland Athletics along with Brett Anderson, Aaron Cunningham, Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez and Greg Smith for Dan Haren and Connor Robertson in 2007. Carter made his debut in August of 2010 with the Athletics but didn’t exceed his rookie limits in 2012. He played in 67 games for the A’s […]

Oakland Athletics reunite with Chris Carter



sonny gray, Oakland Athletics
The Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics are currently in talks about A’s starter Sonny Gray. However, the Astros may also be looking to the Detroit Tigers for Justin Verlander.  With six of the top 100 prospects in baseball (according to MLBPipline.com) in the Astros organization, they look like a great match as trade partners with the Oakland Athletics. Then again, Athletics vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane has never been a fan of trading within the division. Plus, with the strides Gray has made since June (he’s put up a 3.02 ERA in his last nine starts), it […]

Oakland A’s trade talks with Houston Astros regarding Sonny Gray ...


Doolittle and Madson traded from A's to Nationals
If you know me and read this blog then you are likely an A’s fan already know the latest Oakland Athletics’ news from the weekend. On Sunday night the Oakland Athletics traded two relievers to the Washington Nationals: fan-favorite Sean Doolittle along with Ryan Madson. Yes, the news is sad. Everyone loved both Doolittle and his girlfriend Eireann Dolan. They are warm, welcoming, friendly people who have given back to not only the Oakland Athletics’ fan community and the entire Bay Area but also to people around the world, hosting Syrian refugees to their first Thanksgiving dinner in 2015. Doo […]

Doolittle and Madson acquired by Nats to boost bullpen, my ...


Mark Mulder wins third straight American Century Championship
As it turns out Mark Mulder, former Major League Baseball pitcher for both the Oakland Athletics and the St. Louis Cardinals, is an exceptionally good golfer. There’s a chance maybe people, people like pro-golfer Phil Mickelson who has won five major championship titles a professional in the sport, might take issue with that statement. Then again 2017 was Mulder’s third straight victory at the world’s premiere celebrity golf tournament, the American Century Championship. Mark Mulder was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 1998 and was fast-tracked to the majors, making his MLB debut and exceeding his rookie limits during the […]

Mark Mulder gets unprecedented third straight win at star-studded celebrity ...



Yonder Alonso shines at 2017 MLB All-Star Game
It is the eighth season for Yonder Alonso in Major League Baseball (really it’s just his sixth full season). He finished sixth in the National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2012, but he hadn’t yet seemed to live up to his potential offensively. And he had definitely never made an appearance in the MLB All-Star Game. Defensively he’s a complete ace as a corner infielder at first base. That was the reason that the Oakland Athletics traded Drew Pomeranz, Jose Torres and Jabari Blash for Yonder Alonso and reliever Marc Rzepczynski from the San Diego Padres. Yet he […]

Yonder Alonso shines at 88th MLB All-Star Game


Coco Crisp takes job as high school coach 1
Coco Crisp, yes, that, Coco Crisp –  the one and only – has officially accepted a job as a high school baseball coach at Shadow Hills High School in Indio, California. One would think Coco Crisp should have and could have aimed a little higher, right? There are minor league coaching positions, scouting options, working in a front office somewhere – ya, know, maybe even in Oakland, where we adore him so much! But now Shadow Hills High School is likely to be by far the coolest and luckiest high school in the world! I wonder how many high schools […]

Coco Crisp accepts head coaching job at Shadow Hills High ...


vacation, white cleat beat, bbst
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 […]

White Cleat Beat is online & BBST is taking a ...