Coco Crisp

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 ...

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 ...

Jaycob Brugman, outfield
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 […]

Predicting what the A’s 2017 outfield will look like

Danny Valencia, offense, incident
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 […]

Clubhouse incident could negatively affect both Valencia and Butler

Khris Davis, trade, Nottingham
Back in mid-February, the Oakland A’s traded their top pitching prospect Jacob Nottingham and minor leaguer Bubba Derby to the Milwaukee Brewers for left fielder Khris Davis. At the time there were many who questioned the trade for the A’s. They didn’t have much catching depth at the time and it was believed that Nottingham was going to be the team’s catcher of the future. Davis on the other hand was believed to be a decent left fielder without a very powerful arm and was supposedly a bit of a streaky hitter with some power. It seemed like the A’s […]

Khris Davis deal was a good one for Athletics

Ryon Healy, 2017 lineup
Twenty-four-year-old Ryon Healy has had what he’ll always remember as the best week of his life. Well it was a week and two days, it was ten baseball games and it was one heck of a week for a rookie. Healy has been a spark for the Athletics who have struggled all season. Now they have won seven of their last ten games since the all-star break and Healy has played in each one of those games. He even played a huge part in two of their last three games, both walk-off wins for the A’s. On Saturday, the A’s […]

Ryon Healy’s providing the spark A’s need

Danny Valencia, offense, incident
Can the A’s offense hold its own without Reddick? At the beginning of the season, things for the Oakland Athletics’ offense seemed set in stone. The team would have their Gold Glove-winning right fielder and middle-of-the-order hitter Josh Reddick until the August 1 trade deadline. That the A’s would trade Reddick was a no-brainer. He was, after all, headed for free agency in the offseason and it was going to be a thin group of outfielders for him to compete against, meaning he’d have dibs on one of the highest contracts going to outfielders this year. That is something a […]

A’s offense proving they can compete without Josh Reddick

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?

starters, Sean Manaea, MLB debut
Sean Manaea makes MLB debut a success There’s no doubt about it. The kid looked good. Even though Sean Manaea got a no-decision in his first major league start, you could see the talent that is there. If Manaea stays healthy, he’ll be an excellent addition to the Athletics’ starting rotation. The 24-year-old, imposing left-hander made his debut for the A’s Friday night against the Houston Astros. His line for the night may at first appear mediocre: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 4 ER 4 BB, 3 SO. However, it doesn’t quite tell the whole story. Manaea cruised through the first […]

Manaea’s MLB debut a well-rounded outing of successes and struggles

lineup, burns, semien, untouchable
Can the A’s fix their ailing offense with a new lineup? The Oakland Athletics aren’t hitting. It’s not exactly unusual in the pitcher-friendly confines of the Oakland Alameda Coliseum, nor it has it been unusual in recent years. So far in 2016, the team is averaging just 2.7 runs per game, scoring just eight in their last series in which they were swept by the Los Angeles Angels. It isn’t as though the team hasn’t tried to improve its offense, but it has been a while since the A’s have succeeded. They’ve tried, bringing in Billy Butler and Khris Davis in […]

A’s need a new and consistent lineup

Coco Crisp, impact
How do the A’s keep both Crisp and Burns in the lineup? The Oakland A’s are better with both Coco Crisp and Billy Burns in the lineup. The problem? They both play center field. One would think it would be easy to keep them both in the lineup being an American League team, having the option of the designated hitter, but for the Athletics it is unfortunately not quite that simple. Although perhaps it could be. Where has Billy Burns been in the lineup? You can’t say he hasn’t been producing. He’s hitting .278 in 18 at-bats with one stolen […]

A’s need both Burns and Crisp in the lineup

Billy Butler, burns, lineup
AL West Make it or Break it Series Part 1: Billy Butler With the beginning of each new season, there are players whose names are on the block. Maybe they were superstars who are now in decline, perhaps they’ve got potential to be great but are looked at as injury prone or maybe they’re a young phenom that just hasn’t quite lived up to the hype. Teams are still taking a chance on them though because what if things finally come together (or back together) for them this season? If everything were to finally fall into place for that player, […]

AL West series: Make it or Break it Seasons: Billy ...