BBST is back and ready to talk some Major league Baseball
Hi Everyone! I’m back and I’m ready to write what I want to write about: Major League Baseball and the Oakland Athletics, of course!  As some of you may know, I took a sabbatical from my blog to work as the site expert for FanSided’s White Cleat Beat.  However, it was near impossible to find and recruit: 1. People who wanted to write about the Oakland A’s (LOL!) and 2. People who were even remotely competent when it came to knowing about the team. Ok, I’m somewhat of a hardass when it comes to knowing things about the Athletics, but for […]

BBST is back and ready to talk some Major League ...

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I just moved. No, not my blog … It’s still right here at! But I moved from the Bay Area up to a small town in the mountains and I will not have full internet service until Wednesday! Yikes! I mean, that’s a lot of baseball Im going to miss and a lot of MLB news! In fact, I’ve already missed that closer Sean Doolittle has finally been activated and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!! So please excuse my approximately – oh say, five day absence. I haven’t given up on BBST and yes, I still work […]

Gonna be MIA for a minute … so don’t forget ...

After the 2013 season, Robinson Cano, arguably the best second baseman in baseball, surprised everyone by electing to explore free agency instead of immediately re-signing with the New York Yankees – the only team he had played with during his nine-year career. Still, it was widely assumed that he would become the next in a line of Yankees to play his entire career wearing pinstripes (Jeter, Rivera, Posada, etc.). In December of that year, he further shocked the baseball community when he signed with the Seattle Mariners for 10 years and $240 million. The Yankees’ highest offer reportedly came in […]

Is Cano’s contract the worst in baseball today?

billy burns
25-year-old Billy Burns has had a quietly AmAzing year for the Oakland A’s in 2015. Yet I think he isn’t getting the National attention he deserves and All-Star catcher Stephen Vogt agrees with my assessment (you may have read about my take on Burns in (many but specifically two) recent posts on Burns: Part 1: Are you missing out on the Billy Burns show in Oakland? and Part 2: The Billy Burns show just keeps getting better ) “He’s the Rookie of the Year so far this year. He’s not getting the recognition that he should be nationally. (But) he’s been probably […]

A’s Billy Burns is top AL ROY candidate

Jay Bruce, Reds
The Angels need a bat. The Reds are likely shopping Jay Bruce. A marriage of the two makes all the sense in the world. The Los Angeles Angels need a bat. Mike Trout can’t do everything himself. Well, actually, when you think about it, maybe he could. But in all seriousness, Trout and Albert Pujols can’t carry the Angels’ offense on their backs by themselves. They’re going to need some help to stay ahead of the Houston Astros in the AL West, hold off the Texas Rangers and who knows, maybe even the Oakland A’s. Whatever the case, the Angels […]

Angels need to go after Reds’ Jay Bruce

Ok, saying that Kirk Nieuwenhuis doesn’t hit isn’t very nice. He started the day 7-for-66 on the season and had already been designated for assignment twice. So, Sunday is likely to be the best day of his entire career. The first time he was DFA’d was by his current team, the New York Mets. He was picked up off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels who later DFA’d him and the Mets’ decided they wanted him back.  That’s where the real story of the day begins. It was Nieuwenhuis’ first game back with the Mets after the roller coaster he’d been on […]

Guy who doesn’t hit, goes yard 3 times in a ...

Ok, I have two separate feelings regarding Boston Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval, aka Panda, being benched for using his phone during games. My first reaction to the first Tweet I saw was very different that the one I had once I learned a little more about what happened and about the league rules. The first reaction was that these are adults. They are not in high school and managers shouldn’t be able to just take away their phone like they’re children. I hated high school so I tested out of it sophomore year and went to community college […]

Should Sandoval have been benched? I had mixed reactions

matt holliday
Update: June 9, 2015 2:25 pm PT The St. Louis Cardinals announced Tuesday that left-fielder Matt Holliday has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a quadriceps strain he suffered Monday as the Cardinals were routed 11-3 by the Colorado Rockies. The team has already lost two of their stars to season ending injuries. Ace Adam Wainwright tore his achilles tendon and first baseman Matt Adams tore his quad muscle, an injury very similar to Holliday’s. Adams’ injury required surgery and he was moved to the 60-day disabled list on June 5. The recovery period is approximately four months […]

Update: Matt Holliday placed on 15-day DL

Sean Doolittle
Sean Doolittle activated from DL! Update: May 28, 2015 7:15 am PT Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless sixth inning on Wednesday against the Detroit Tigers. He allowed a hit and recorded two strikeouts in his first outing for the A’s this season. Doolittle threw 14 pitches: two curve balls, two change-ups and nine fastballs. What was slightly concerning was that the left-hander’s fastball only hit 89 mph. Prior to his rotator cuff injury his fastball would hit the mid-90’s. However, he only began seeing game action on May 14 and is still just beginning to get his strength back, according […]

Sean Doolittle finally returns to the mound for A’s

Miami Marlins
On Sunday after almost being no-hit by Atlanta Braves starter Shelby Miller who completed the team’s three-game sweep of the Miami Marlins, Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria fired both his team’s skipper Mike Redmond and bench coach Rob Leary. Monday morning Marlins’ general manager Dan Jennings confirmed to ESPN’s Jim Bowden that he will in fact be stepping out of the front office and into the dugout as Redmond’s replacement.  This is a very interesting but not unprecedented move by the team whose leadership had been speculated about all Sunday night, at least online,until CBS Sports broke the news of Jennings’ […]

Miami Marlins GM Dan Jennings to step in as new ...

shelby miller
Could Shelby Miller be this year’s surprise pitching star? Perhaps even steal the Cy Young Award away from Kershaw? So far he’s made quite the name for himself in Atlanta. I talked about how he was emerging as the Braves’ new ace and how, in my opinion, the Braves have gotten the better side of the deal when they traded outfielder Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals for Miller. When the trade first went down it didn’t appear that the Braves were getting the ace that they have gotten. Even though he’d played very well in parts of three seasons […]

Could Shelby Miller be this season’s Corey Kluber?

Trade Market
In his latest column on, Buster Olney, points our three trade chips the Oakland Athletics have that could be dangled if the team is deemed done for the season. The candidates Olney picks out in Scott Kazmir, Ben Zobrist and Stephen Vogt are all very valid. Zobrist would have to prove he is healthy first but I read recently that Beane said he wouldn’t even think about  a trade until he sees how the team is doing in mid-late June.  Sure the A’s are playing at an under .500 (13-23) clip right now. Sure they are 9.5 games behind […]

2015 Trade Market: Is it too early to talk about ...