Josh Donaldson


When the calendar turns to October each year it’s time to begin thinking, not just about football or playoff baseball, but about which two players will take home Major League Baseball’s most prestigious awards the AL and NL Most Valuable Player Awards. While there are other honors awarded to players and managers in each league, the MVP award is the most important. For example, the Cy Young is the highest honor for a pitcher but the Cy Young Award winner can be the MVP as can the Rookie of the Year. In 2001 Ichiro Suzuki won both the AL ROY […]

The fascinating AL MVP race of 2016


beane, hope, promotions, rebuilding, admirable
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 […]

Billy Beane’s had a plan for the Athletics and it’s ...


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 ...



sonny gray, Oakland Athletics
A’s could trade Donaldson but need to keep Gray Remembering the first time Sonny Gray pitched for the A’s is a simple task. It was 2013 and the game was in Pittsburgh. He pitched 2.0 innings in the middle of July, allowing just one hit,no walks and striking out three batters. That day, I thought, “Wow. We really need to hold onto this kid.” Gray was just 23. By the time October came around I knew I’d been on the right track that day in July. He’s talented and the A’s needed to keep Gray. Gray started Games 2 and […]

A’s trade Donaldson but determined to keep Gray


lawrie
**Thank you for making this the most read post on the entire FanRag Sports Network for two straight days! If you haven’t read the entire column please check it out! 🙂 Was trading Lawrie all part of the A’s plan? During last week’s Major League Baseball Annual Meetings in Nashville, among a flurry of other trades and signings, the Oakland Athletics traded third baseman Brett Lawrie to the Chicago White Sox. What they got in return, especially at first, seemed quite underwhelming. Lawrie, who will be 26 years old in January, put up the best numbers of his career since […]

Trading Lawrie could have been part of A’s bigger plan


walk-off, donaldson, BBWAA Awards
The Baseball Writers’ Association’s (BBWAA) annual award nominations were announced in ESPN on Tuesday afternoon.  I’m going to list the nominees with a start by who I predict to be the winner and then once the award winners are announced, I will write a short profile on each of the winner so be sure to come back. Here is the schedule of the BBWAA Award winners announcements: Rookie of the Year: November 16, 2015 Manager of the Year: November 17, 2015 Cy Young Award: November 18, 2015 Most Valuable Player: November 19, 2015 *I do not know the time but […]

BBWAA Award nominees & schedule



2015 Players' Choice Awards, Josh Donaldson, keep Gray,
Toronto Blue Jays’ third baseman Josh Donaldson dominated the 2015 Players’ Choice Awards. Winning not only Outstanding American League Player of the Year, Donaldson took home the top honor as the most Outstanding Player of 2015.  These awards seem to mean more to the winners than even the awards given out by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), Baseball America or the Sporting News Awards because they’re being honored by their peers. The other players in the league believe them to be the best and that truly is a real compliment to in most cases their skill on the […]

Josh Donaldson dominates the 2015 Players’ Choice Awards


sonny gray, re-match
After watching GM Billy Beane trade one All-Star, Athletics fans should be less worried when it comes to Sonny Gray. It isn’t a surprise that most baseball fans believe Oakland Athletics’ general manager Billy Beane is going to trade their 25-year-old ace and AL Cy Young Award front-runner Sonny Gray. After all, Beane traded five of his seven 2014 All-Stars, starting with Yoenis Cespedes at last season’s trade deadline, and moved on to Josh Donaldson (a 2015 AL MVP candidate), Derek Norris, Jeff Samardzija and Brandon Moss over the offseason. This summer, the A’s said goodbye to their sixth 2014 […]

Why it’s unlikely the A’s will trade ace Sonny Gray


walk-off, donaldson, BBWAA Awards 1
Update: July 21, 2015 9:15 pm PT Your browser does not support iframes. Well, Josh Donaldson‘s homecoming went as planned. The All-Star third baseman returned to Oakland for the first time since being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays. He received a rousing standing ovation from the crowd when he made his way to the plate in the top of the first inning. A fan favorite, he has not been forgotten in Oakland.  And Donaldson felt the same way as the fans. He was happy to return to the fans who cheered him on during his first three big league […]

Update: Donaldson’s return to Oakland bittersweet but very classy



Home Run Derby & All-Star Game 2
I’m a little late on reporting about the All-Star game, I know. I’ve been a little busy with work at FanRag Sports and Today’s Knuckleball but here’s a synopis of the Home Run Derby & All-Star Game highlights. Hometown Home Run Derby The Annual Home Run Derby’s rules have changed over the years but they were never anything near what we saw tonight in Cincinnati. The rules were changed earlier in the season but some amendments were made just prior to tonight’s event. Originally the players were going to get five minutes on the clock to hit as many home […]

2015 Home Run Derby & All-Star Game Highlights


mound, breakout, positives, Kendall Graveman, Oakland A's, promotions, success, hahn,Burns, donaldson
Oakland A’s rookie starter Kendall Graveman struggled in April after ascending to through the Toronto Blue Jays’ minor league system in a single season, doing well after being called up in September and having an amazing spring training after being traded to the Athletics as part of the move that sent All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson to Toronto. Then out of nowhere, after having no troubles at all and making it into the A’s starting rotation, Graveman’s ERA skyrocketed in his first four starts. He was sent down to Triple-A Nashville for the month of May. Upon his return Graveman […]

Graveman’s vast improvement since minors stint


walk-off, donaldson, BBWAA Awards 4
Four clubs walked-off in one night on Tuesday. One of them could have been mine. There could have been pie at the Coliseum in Oakland.  There was a decent chance. It had been 1-0 since the top of the first inning in the game against the Detroit Tigers and my hometown Oakland A’s.  It was a true pitcher’s duel in Oakland Tuesday night. The only run came on a throwing error by A’s catcher Josh Phegley when Anthony Gose, who had singled to left on the game’s second pitch, stole second and advanced to third on the error. He scored […]

Four clubs walk-off in one night