Oakland Athletics

liebler - May 18, 2022

If you’ve followed the Oakland Athletics at all this year, you’d know that the A’s bats have been a glaring weakness of the team. The A’s came into Monday’s action in Detroit as losers of nine straight–with a team batting average of .200. The team’s OBP hadn’t faired much better. The A’s packed their bags […]

Sean Manaea
Caleb Begley - Apr 3, 2022

Left handed starting pitcher Sean Manaea is being dealt to the San Diego Padres, per Mark Feinsand. Minor league relief pitcher Aaron Holiday will be heading there as well. In return, the Oakland Athletics are receiving minor leaguers Euribiel Angeles and Adrian Martinez. Manaea will become a free agent after this season, and is owed […]

Athletics First Baseman
Jim Marshall - Mar 22, 2022

The Oakland Athletics need a first baseman. They will look at their 40-man roster to see who is ready to step in for 2022 and beyond. With the trade of Matt Olson to the Atlanta Braves, the fans are now realizing this team is going to be in a rebuilding phase once again. We will […]

Gold Glove
Caleb Begley - Mar 15, 2022

All-Star first baseman Matt Olson has been traded from the Oakland Athletics to the Atlanta Braves, per Jeff Passan. BREAKING: Atlanta and Oakland are in agreement on a trade that will send star first baseman Matt Olson to the Braves, sources familiar with the deal tell ESPN. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) March 14, 2022 In […]

Anthony Walsh - Mar 12, 2022

Mets Side of the Deal The New York Mets have traded for veteran right-hander Chris Bassitt. In the deal, prospects J.T. Ginn and Adam Oller are headed to the Oakland A’s. Bassitt made his debut in Chicago with the White Sox in 2014. He was then traded to the A’s, where he’s excelled over the […]

Oakland Athletics
Matt Graves - Feb 28, 2022

Oakland Athletics 9, Toronto Blue Jays 1 (This game was the result of a simulation done through What If Sports. It matched the Oakland Athletics All-Time Team against the Toronto Blue Jays All-Time Team. This game did not actually happen.)   Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Eddie Plank pitched a complete game while Jimmie Foxx went […]

Caleb Begley - Feb 24, 2022

The Oakland Athletics are an interesting case. They’ve been around for 121 years and have been involved in 18,702 contests. In that time, they’ve made 29 trips to the postseason and won 15 pennants. They have nine World Championships and 45 players who’ve worn their uniform are enshrined in Cooperstown. However, in spite of all […]

Benjamin Sabin - Dec 7, 2021

We live in a world filled with oddities. Rube Waddell was one of those oddities. If you’re not familiar with Rube, then now is a good time to make his acquaintance. Should we start with the alligator he wrestled? Or perhaps we should dive into one of the many bottles of alcohol that caused him […]

2021 MVP Finalists

Why the 2021 MVP Finalists Truly Were the Most Valuable MLB Network announced the awards finalists — the top three vote-getters in each league’s award category — Monday night. Each announcement provoked passionate discussion. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) finalists, heavily discussed every year, provoked unusually intense discussion. Most surprising (to some) is that none […]

Caleb Begley - Sep 24, 2021

Comebacks are fun to talk about and to read about. Now that we’ve gotten one under our belts, this writer can officially say that they are fun to write about. Comebacks are ageless. They intrigue our minds and bolster our sports fan constitutions. Depending upon where one lies as a fan, they can also make […]

Chris Gray - Aug 23, 2021

Stephen Piscotty sprained his left wrist and was on the IL on Saturday by the Oakland Athletics. Piscotty had a similar injury that landed him on the IL on June 19th of this year. The injury kept him out of the lineup until July 4th during that stint. In a corresponding move, the Athletics recalled […]

Mike Shildt

Ejection Inspection, Week Eight: Mike Shildt Dumped after Pitcher Is Asked to Change His Hat Welcome to Week Eight of Ejection Inspection! The premise and ground rules are detailed here. The condensed version: each ejection from the previous week (Thursday through Wednesday) is listed in a table. The author – a former player/coach/umpire – analyzes […]

2021 AL West
Braden Herb - May 17, 2021

About one quarter into the MLB season, the top of the 2021 AL West race looks similar to what experts predicted. The two teams battling it out at the top are the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros. With the talent on these two teams, they will probably be fighting for the AL West crown […]

Diamondbacks Ejected

Two Diamondbacks Ejected in Relatively Quiet Week Welcome to Week Six of Ejection Inspection! The premise and ground rules are detailed here. The condensed version: each ejection from the previous week (Thursday through Wednesday) is listed in a table. The author – a former player/coach/umpire – analyzes each ejection and assigns it an entertainment rating […]

Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi Goes Nuts after Two Phillies Get Plunked but Both Teams Get Warned Welcome to Week Four of Ejection Inspection! The premise and ground rules are detailed here. The condensed version: each ejection from the previous week (Thursday through Wednesday) is listed in a table. The author – a former player/coach/umpire – analyzes each […]

Athletics Diamondbacks

Athletics 7, Diamondbacks 5 Zac Gallen, less than a month after first missing time with a broken arm, pitched four innings of three-hit, one-run baseball. He added a bunt single and left with a 5-1 lead. However, his four relievers each gave up a run or more, allowing the Oakland Athletics to rally and defeat […]

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Caleb Begley - May 18, 2022

When it comes to pitching, 300 wins is the equivalent to 500 home runs; or, at least, this is what a certain school of thought espouses. It is the gold standard, the pinnacle of what any pitcher can accomplish. Winning 300 games involves a lot of dedication and a lot of practice. It means showing […]

Nathan Melton II - May 18, 2022

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Jim Marshall - May 18, 2022

Jorge López has had a new calling as a closer. So far, this “new calling” has turned out to be a success for the Baltimore Orioles. As of this writing, the 29-year-old right-hander has four saves, three wins, and a 1.06 ERA. The former starter has seen his career change dramatically for the better. Always […]

Riley Stovka - May 18, 2022

Things do not look good in the city of brotherly love. The Philadelphia Phillies, who once again spent big this past offseason on free-agent outfielders Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber, find themselves below .500, and 5.5 games behind the division-leading New York Mets. The Phils have slowly clawed their way back up the standings and […]

Scoreless Outing

Scoreless Outing Percentage and Goose Eggs, 2022 Presenting the full list of Scoreless Outing Percentage (ScOtg%), Goose Eggs (GE), and related statistics for 2022. Statistics run through the end of play on May 16. These statistics aim to further measure effectiveness of relief pitchers. Scoreless Outing Percentage, which first appeared in this piece, is based […]

Rangers' bats
Nate Miller - May 18, 2022

Rangers 7, Angels 4   ARLINGTON, Texas, May 16 — The Texas Rangers‘ bats came to life on Monday, as they beat the Los Angeles Angels by a final score of 7–4. Rangers’ catcher Jonah Heim homered to help lead them to the win. On a night when the Angels jumped out to an early […]

Texas Rangers
Nate Miller - May 18, 2022

Rangers 7, Red Sox 1   ARLINGTON, Texas, May 15 — The Texas Rangers were able to avoid the sweep on Sunday afternoon, by defeating the Boston Red Sox by a final score of 7–1. Everything went right for the Rangers in the series finale. Adolis Garcia and Kole Calhoun hit back-to-back Jacks in the […]

Mariners Mets
Joe Rini - May 18, 2022

Mets 5, Mariners 4   NEW YORK, May 14 — Patrick Mazeika channeled his inner Willie Mays and the New York Mets topped the Seattle Mariners 5–4 at Citi Field on Saturday evening. Fifty years to the day after Mays homered for a key Mets win, so did Mazeika. The catcher’s tie-breaking seventh inning blast on […]