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A’s reacquire Kurt Suzuki from Washington Nationals

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Earlier today, the A’s officially announced that they have reacquired catcher Kurt Suzuki from the Washington Nationals.  Suzuki spent his first five plus seasons with the Oakland Athletics, before he was traded late last season to the Nationals for catcher David Freitas. As expected, Derek Norris was placed on the DL to make room for […]

Three Positives In A’s Loss To Astros

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There are some days when losses hurt more than others, and this is one of those days.  The A’s dropped the first game of a 3-game series against the last place Astros.  Let’s face it, the A’s are going to lose games to a team they face 19 times in a season, so that’s not […]

Matt Garza: Most hated man in Oakland

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Not since CJ Wilson’s “Lawyerball” comments, has a player fired up the Oakland fan base, as Matt Garza did tonight. Garza did not take a liking to the suicide bunt that SS Eric Sogard laid down in the seventh inning in today’s game, and he made that perfectly clear when he screamed the words “Fu***** […]

Highlighting Positives In A’s Series Win Against Angels

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It wasn’t pretty today, but the A’s came back from a 5-run deficit to defeat the Angels by a final score of 10-6.  Parker got himself in trouble early, allowing four runs in the first inning, but managed to “calm down” after allowing a lead off triple in the second.  He did, however, only last […]

Ode To Bartolo Colon

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As most of you know, Bartolo Colon threw a 4-hit shut out against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim earlier today. In honor of his 13th win and 3rd complete game shut out, I wrote a haiku for him: Bartolo Colon Shut out the Angels today No sweep, three games up That’s all I got. […]

Yoenis Cespedes Wins 2013 Home Run Derby

For the first time since 2001, an Oakland Athletic has won the home run Derby.  Yoenis Cespedes, who hit 32 home runs total, beat Bryce Harper in the final round.  Cespedes is also the first player to win the home run derby, without actually being on the All-Star roster. Cespedes launched, and I mean LAUNCHED, […]

Why I Keep Score

Earlier in the week New York Times published an article titled “Who Scores Games by Hand Anymore?” and NPR followed up with one of their own called “Keeping Score: How To Understand Baseball“.  So to answer the question, “Who scores games by hand anymore?”,  I do.  I keep score at every single game I attend, […]

Grant Green Set To Join A’s

According to Susan Slusser, 2009 first round draft pick, Grant Green will be joining the team tomorrow in Pittsburgh.  Grant Green has played in 81 games for the Sacramento River Cats this season and over 388 plate appearances he has a .318/.374/.500 slash line with a .385 wOBA and 128 wRC+.  He also has 11 […]

Bartolo Colon Named To All-Star Team

Bartolo Colon will be the one and only player to represent the A’s in the All-Star game this season.  Colon has had a good season so far, posting a 11-3 record with a 2.78 ERA, 3.40 FIP and .283 BABIP over 113.1 innings this season.  According to Susan Slusser, Bartolo Colon is scheduled to start […]

Three Things To Know About the St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals are coming into Oakland this weekend for a 3-game series.  It’s the first time the Cardinals have been to the Coliseum since June 2007 and the first time they have faced each other in interleague since June 2010.  These two teams have faced each other three times since interleague started in […]

Highlighting A’s Positives During Recent Slump

After sweeping the Yankees almost two weeks ago, the A’s have followed up with three series losses.  They have lost 7 out of their last 10 games and won only 2 on their 7-game road trip.  A lot of fans are frustrated right now, myself included, and they have every right to be.  It’s never […]

My Thoughts As San Jose Sues Major League Baseball

Yesterday San Jose announced that they are going to sue Major League Baseball for not allowing the A’s to move to their city.  I am not going to get into details about it, because by now you have heard the same story over and over again during the past day.  If this is the first […]

Are The Athletics A Fluke?

With the A’s loss to the Brewers tonight the A’s have now lost 6 games out of their last 25, but they still have the third best record in the American League, and with a Rangers’ loss to the Red Sox, they are still only 1.5 games out of first place.  I know that it’s […]

Derek Norris: Daric Barton 2.0?

The A’s announced Tuesday that Daric Barton had cleared waivers and had been outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento.  Barton played in 8 games for Oakland this season and over 23 plate appearances he had a .143/.217/.286 slash line with 1 home run, 1 walk and 3 RBI.  It’s not really surprising that he cleared waivers, as […]

Home Runs Lift A’s Past Mariners

Just when we all thought the A’s were never going to win another game this season, they prove us wrong, defeating the Mariners by a final scored of 4-3.  With this win, the A’s are now back at .500 and they avoided falling into third place. The A’s scored three of their four runs on […]