Sean Doolittle

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A 9-year-old Oakland Athletics’ fan and a victim of the Northern California fires wrote the following letter to his favorite team in the aftermath of the fire: “I love watching your A’s games. I want to be an A’s player and I play at Mark West Little League in Santa Rosa. I played baseball in my backyard all day loving the A’s and making up my own game. In my backyard they won six World Series in a row. But my house burned down in the Santa Rosa fire and my saddest things was my baseball collection cards, my 17 […]

A’s help fix fire damage for a young fan

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 […]

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Update: 6/22/16:  As of Tuesday night’s game in which the Athletics defeated the Brewers by the score of 5-3, Ryan Dull extended his streak of keeping inherited base runners from scoring to 30. He’s been quite impressive thus far in 2016. I think the title to this piece fits him quite well! Congrats Mr. Dull! 30 inherited runners and not one has scored …. that’s a nice streak! Keep it up! Original Text: Ryan Dull has become indispensable to the A’s bullpen Even after beginning his big league career throwing 11 scoreless innings in 2015, there were many, as recently […]

Ryan Dull: the guy you wish your team had in ...

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Athletics morale high after series win over Rays Morale on the Oakland Athletics’ plane on the way home from their long East Coast road trip was likely higher than it’s been all season after the dramatic way they won their series over the Tampa Bay Rays. Teams have taken a win and run with it before. Winning usually leads to more winning, while a poor team morale often seems to perpetuate the cycle of losing. The A’s have a chance to make this last win work for them. They did win in dramatic fashion, ending their long East Coast road […]

Athletics morale is high but there’s still work to do

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Yes, the A’s should be worried about Sean Doolittle Sean Doolittle has allowed just 16 home runs in his entire career dating back to 2012, when he was starting out as a member of the Oakland A’s bullpen in 2012. He allowed just three in 2012 and four in 2013. In early 2014 Doolittle signed a five-year contract extension (with two team options) and was named the team’s closer in late May, replacing a struggling Jim Johnson. He allowed a career-high five home runs that season but he also became the first player in the modern era to reach 45 […]

Should the A’s be worried about Doolittle?

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Despite recent game results, don’t worry, it is not 2015! The Oakland A’s are now 1-3 on the young 2016 season. Yes, they lost the first two games but I wouldn’t say I spoke too soon about the A’s new bullpen or the 2016 A’s team in general. Even though the game results may appear the same as in 2015 but this is not the same A’s team as last season. They took the loss opening night but the offense was working and the loss really went to starter Rich Hill who allowed two earned and two unearned runs, the […]

Game results similar but don’t worry A’s fans, it’s not ...

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A’s new bullpen shows they can hold down the fort, going 6.1 scoreless innings in season opener The Oakland Athletics continued an unfortunate trend in Monday night’s opener, one that had plagued them all last season. They lost by a single run. There were, however, quite a few differences than the one-run losses they suffered all of last season. The main difference? The A’s bullpen. Monday night, despite the A’s loss, the bullpen was a joy to behold for anyone who had seen the mess that it had been in 2015. It’s just one night and a small sample size […]

A’s take loss in opener but new bullpen looks like ...

Oakland A’s closer Sean Doolittle has not pitched in a spring training game since March 13. According to’s Jane Lee, the reason he hasn’t pitched has been due to a slight triceps strain. While that doesn’t sound too bad and barring any setbacks Doolittle is still slated for the closing duties on Opening Day at O.Co Coliseum against the Chicago White Sox, losing Doolittle for any period of time could spell disaster for the entire A’s pitching staff. At least last season it did. In 2015, Doolittle began the season on the disabled list recovering from a partially torn […]

Would the A’s 2016 bullpen be able to hold up ...

A Short History of Awesome A’s Commercials It’s actually pretty hard to deny that the A’s have great marketing campaigns going pretty far back. I remember one from when Eric Chavez was a rookie, the majority of the team were all the “youngsters” in the game, Ben Grieve was the reigning Rookie of the Year and in the commercial he was jumping on the bed with Stomper. It was funny, cute and at the time accurate. I couldn’t find a video of it but I found this description of a couple of the 1999 commercials in the Sports Illustrated Vault, […]

When it comes to commerciAls it’s AlwAys All About the ...

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Which now-healthy A’s players will make an impact in 2016? published an article recently identifying the top five injury comebacks to watch for in 2016. Writer Stephania Bell identifies five players who’s returns could make an impact for their respective teams in 2016. Beginning with Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and moving onto Cincinnati Reds’ catcher Devin Mesoraco, she then goes to name Texas Ranger’s starter Yu Darvish, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Jung Ho Kang of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Those are not the only players who should be kept an eye on in 2016. These […]

A’s players whose return in 2016 will make an impact

New-look A’s bullpen built around, not to replace, Sean Doolittle In a recent article “13 log jams and possible solutions” writer Phil Rogers tells us that the Oakland Athletics bullpen is over crowded with the recent additions of John Axford and Ryan Madson, who were both signed to multi-year deals with the club. His solution? Trading closer Sean Doolittle. It’s extremely unlikely that trading Doolittle is even a remote possibility, although you never really know with vice president of baseball operations Billy Beane and his “understudy” GM David Forst at the helm of the team. Even still, the idea […]

Would the A’s actually trade Sean Doolittle?

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Three keys to A’s success in ’16 Looking at last season, in which the Oakland Athletics finished the season 68-94, you wouldn’t be too hopeful that the A’s could improve all that much in a year. You might think that some of their offseason signings were risky or be mad that they didn’t go out and get a power bat. It makes sense to feel that way, but if just a few players can turn it around, a few can keep improving and some of the A’s additions fit in with the group – the A’s do have a chance […]

How can the A’s find success in ’16?