August 31, 20150

A lost season for Coco Crisp

Almost all of us would have to say we had a pretty good year of employment if we earned $11 million. But while the monetary compensation has been outstanding for

August 27, 20150

Last place A’s: Mike Gallego first to walk the plank

I remember reading an article on SFGate last summer concerning the shared complexities, triumphs and failures of Mike Gallego and Tim Flannery, respectively the third base coaches for the A’s

August 24, 20150

Bullpen implosion caught A’s off guard

In professional sports, players sign contracts based on one of two factors: how they have performed in the past or the perceived potential on how they may perform in the

August 20, 20150

Dodgers’ bullpen problems go past the obvious

I was walking through downtown San Francisco on Wednesday afternoon, and with the A’s leading the Dodgers 3-2, I thought it might be interesting to check out the Dodgers’ side

August 20, 20150

Sonny Gray deserves the Cy Young Award

Post-season awards in baseball are not always deserved or justified.  Many voters cast ballots for their personal favorites or turn their back on worthy candidates because of vendettas.  Often writers

a's blowout
August 17, 20150

Struggling A’s relentlessly searching for new depths

Yesterday the A’s were abused in ways heretofore unseen in their Oakland history. They surrendered 26 hits to the Baltimore Orioles in a humiliating 18-2 loss, their sixth in a

August 13, 20150

The Mark Canha experiment was a bust

When you’re a baseball team with a low payroll, you need to find talent any way you possibly can. It’s not always through the June Amateur Draft, trades, the waiver

August 10, 20150

A’s and Astros: A contrast in ambition

Investing money in any venture or pursuit is always a risky proposition. And when it comes to professional sports, we constantly hear sad tales of athletes who have squandered all

August 06, 20150

Oakland is a baseball sanctuary for discarded players

Many of you know that the city of San Francisco has a controversial sanctuary policy concerning certain individuals. I have no intention of getting political with this column, but I

a's walk-off
August 03, 20150

A perfect weekend in Oakland

There are two full months of regular season baseball remaining. Most teams have realistic or possible designs on procuring a postseason spot. Two wild cards in each league means there’s

LA Dodgers Oakland A's
July 30, 20150

Postcard from Dodger Stadium

I hate the Dodgers. It has nothing to do with any Giants connection because I’m not a Giants fan (what a shocker.) It has to do with what happened in

Tim Hudson
July 27, 20150

A great solution for Tim Hudson if Giants acquire another starter

I heard something in the press box yesterday that was brilliant, only I can’t credit the person who said it. For one thing, it’s hearsay. “You know what so-and-so suggested?”

zob clip
July 27, 20154

The A’s are a bus stop for their players

When I was a little kid, I asked my Dad why the A’s and Giants didn’t play each other. He explained that it was only possible in the World Series,

Buster Posey SF Giants
July 26, 201513

SF sweeps Oakland: Giants rotation, closer aren’t perfect, but they can hit

What else could Giants fans, or the Giants themselves, ask for? They lost two starting pitchers before the season even started. They lost their two best outfielders for extended periods.

July 23, 201511

Scott Kazmir dealt within division – What is Billy Beane thinking?

Leave it up to Billy Beane to fire the first big shot (and display a large white flag with the words “2015 SEASON” in green and gold) before the non-waiver

July 23, 20151

Bobby Crosby returns for a good cause

Every team seems to have one: a guy who gets all the blame, receives non-stop derision, and can do nothing right. Whether or not the latter is necessarily true or

July 21, 20152

A’s have “Plan B” ready

There’s a saying in warfare: once the bullets start flying, all strategies are thrown out the window. It’s often the same way in sports. Injuries are usually the main culprit

July 16, 20151

Move Marcus Semien to left field now

Sometimes being stubborn pays off. Other times, being stubborn can be detrimental. The Oakland A’s insistence on making Marcus Semien the everyday shortstop has been an enormous flop. I don’t

scott kazmir
July 13, 20152

Three A’s must go soon

It’s time to quit screwing around. This is simply not the A’s year. They find new ways to lose just about every night. I realize that they aren’t as pathetic

ms js
July 09, 20150

Jake Smolinski left lasting impression on A’s

Last September the A’s were wrapping up a second half free-fall, one which saw them squander their divisional lead and nearly their grip on the second Wild Card spot. In

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