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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 ...

Coco Crisp, epitome, loyalty
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 […]

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

mound, breakout, positives, Kendall Graveman, Oakland A's, promotions, success, hahn,Burns, donaldson
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 […]

Kendall Graveman looks like a new man on the mound

danny valencia, 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 […]

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

Billy Butler
Billy Butler is one of the Oakland Athletics’ hottest hitters which has come as a huge surprise to just about everyone, from the fans to the A’s brass to I’m sure other teams as well. Their scouting reports on Butler had to be changed quite a bit since the end of June. He’s gone from hardly hitting against left-handers which he is characteristically better at getting to, to having his numbers against both righties and lefties having gone through the roof in the past month and a half. When the  Athletics signed first baseman and designated hitter Billy Butler as […]

Billy Butler has suddenly turned into one of the A’s ...

In a surprise early-deadline move, the Oakland A’s and the Kansas City Royals swapped a pair of outfielders on Saturday. The Athletics sent 26-year-old Billy Burns to the Royals for 27-year-old Brett Eibner. It appears to be an odd move for the A’s. Just under a year ago, Burns was in the running for American League Rookie of the Year. He ended the season fifth in the voting but really had a better season than that even implies. With an influx of young talent, such as Houston’s Carlos Correa and the Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor, finishing fifth in the voting meant […]

A’s, Royals exchange OF Billy Burns for OF Brett Eibner

Ryon Healy, prospects
Ryon Healy makes his MLB debut The A’s 16th rated prospect started the year playing with Double-A Midland. Corner infielder Ryon Healy probably didn’t think he’d have a chance to play third base for Oakland’s big league team for the second half of the season. He started for the A’s at third Friday night, playing third and batting in the ninth position. Prior to the start of Friday’s game the A’s talked to third baseman Danny Valencia who will have his playing time cut and no longer be playing third base. This job is basically Healy’s to lose. He’ll be […]

Ryon Healy is being given his chance at third for ...

hill, vesting option
There’s a saying in Oakland, an old adage that is often used not only by the fans but by the television broadcasters, beat writers, bloggers, columnists, the players and even Athletics’ manager Bob Melvin. “As Coco goes, so go the A’s” For most of Coco Crisp’s six-plus seasons in Oakland, that has seemed to have been the case. His timely hits, speed on the bases and in the field and overall demeanor in the clubhouse have made him the A’s leader. When Crisp is around the A’s seem to have a special spark. Now the A’s front office has a […]

What will the A’s do about Coco Crisp’s vesting option?

Sonny Gray, DL
After five very poor starts, it was time for the A’s to put Gray on the DL Sunday the Oakland Athletics announced that Sonny Gray has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right trapezius. Daniel Coulombe has been called-up from Triple-A Nashville to replace Gray on the roster. It’s unclear whether Coulombe, who has spent most of his time as a reliever, will start in Gray’s place, if the A’s are hoping that Henderson Alvarez will be able to be activated from the disabled list in time to start in place of Gray or if more […]

It’s about time the A’s put Sonny Gray on the ...

Henderson Alvarez, Dr. James Andrews
Update: May 27, 2016 I’m a little late in updating this post but the good news for the A’s is that Dr. Andrews did not find any abnormalities in Alvarez’s MRI. He was cleared to start playing catch again on May 23rd. Hopefully Alvarez will be back in the near future. With Sonny Gray on the disabled list and the rest of the rotation, with the exception of Rich Hill, struggling, Alvarez would be a welcome and helpful addition to the A’s rotation. Alvarez was a All-Star in 2014 with the Miami Marlins before having to have shoulder surgery. His […]

Updated: Henderson Alvarez to see Dr. James Andrews

Danny Valencia
Without Danny Valencia will the A’s be able to stay hot? After their 7-3 win that completed the Oakland A’s three-game sweep over the New York Yankees on Thursday, the team announced that third baseman Danny Valencia would be put on the 15-day disabled list with a left-hamstring strain that he suffered sliding into home plate on Wednesday. Valencia thinks that he will be ready to go prior to the two-week minimum he now has to remain out of the lineup but manager Bob Melvin rightly disagreed. Hamstring strains can be tricky to recover from. Melvin called hamstring strains a […]

A’s send Danny Valencia to the DL but should still ...

Matt Chapman
Where should Matt Chapma end up after spring training? Oakland A’s prospect Matt Chapman is having a good spring. Actually, he’s having what some might call an incredible spring, and it’s not going unnoticed. Everyone has noticed the sixth-ranked prospect in the A’s organization. It started with the fans and even his teammates, who line up to watch his batting practice everyday, to manager Bob Melvin, who is now giving Chapman quite a lot of playing time this March. “He’s impressed us beyond what we expected at this point. I didn’t expect him to get this many at-bats,” Melvin said. […]

A’s prospect Matt Chapman proving himself this spring