Oakland Athletics


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, epitome, loyalty

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 […]


Seven* A’s prospects to play in Arizona Fall League

**Seven Oakland Athletics’ prospects have been named to play in this year’s Arizona Fall League with the A’s affiliate the Mesa Solar Sox. Four pitchers and three** infielders will represent the Athletics on the Solar Sox, one of six teams in the league. Each team consists of prospects from five big league clubs. They will play alongside prospects from the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians. The Solar Sox will face off beginning on October 11 with the Glendale Desert Dogs, Peoria Javelinas, Scottsdale Scorpions, Salt River Rafters and the Surprise Saguaros. The league runs through […]

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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 […]


The Quarterfinals of the TKB “All-Old Friends” Bracket have arrived! 2

The TBK “All Old Friends” Quarterfinals are finally here!  There are now four teams left in the All Old Friends bracket: the Oakland Athletics team that I put together will be going up against the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks will be taking on the New York Yankees, the Los Angeles Angels are facing off against the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals will be playing the Milwaukee Brewers this week to see who makes it to the semifinals! To vote for my #1 ranked A’s team to win! Click Here!! For the results of the second […]

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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, […]


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 […]

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Andrew Triggs, September

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 […]