lon and bill
April 06, 20158

A personal memory of Lon Simmons

I was all set to write a column today about Opening Night and whether the A’s could break the hex of losing their first game seemingly every year, but I

A's Giants
April 04, 201517

The experts have spoken, and they think the 2015 Giants and A’s are mediocre

The last time the A’s and Giants were shut out of the postseason in the same year was 2011. Most experts think that’ll happen again in 2015. According to a

sabean beane
April 02, 201517

Keep the Bay Bridge Series

On Tuesday in the San Jose Mercury News, sports columnist Mark Purdy wrote a story headlined, “Cancel Bay Bridge Series.” He explained that the advent of interleague play has eliminated

Grant Green Rick Tittle Oakland A's
March 30, 20152

Is Grant Green a bust?

The June amateur draft is, and always will be, a crapshoot. It’s nothing like the NFL or even the NBA draft: there are vast numbers of players selected, many of

straight shooter jay mariotti
March 27, 201513

Examiner hires Jay Mariotti: let the boasting and self-victimization begin!

The San Francisco Examiner has been around for over 150 years. Throughout my childhood it was an afternoon paper that had an odd relationship with the San Francisco Chronicle. I assumed

March 26, 20153

Why Tyler Clippard should remain the Oakland A’s closer all season

When Oakland closer Sean Doolittle suffered a tear in his pitching shoulder in January, the bad news was softened because Billy Beane had acquired reliever Tyler Clippard from Washington just

March 23, 201510

Eight is Enough: Opening Night’s fresh faces

Being an A’s fan is great fun, but it’s not without its difficulties. Ever since Walter Haas sold the team, we’ve had to suffer through the crying and moaning from

March 19, 201510

20 years of catching mediocrity in Oakland

Ever since Terry Steinbach, World Series winner and All-Star Game MVP, last played for the A’s in 1996, the team has gone through a vast wasteland of catchers. This isn’t

Cashman Field Rick Tittle
March 16, 20151

Lost Vegas: A’s drop two to Cubs, Melvin explains plans for Semien and Crisp

I’ve just returned from a quick weekend in Las Vegas where I watched the A’s drop a pair of exhibition games to the Cubs. They were both Spring Training split-squad

March 12, 20153

Cuban pipeline to Oakland? Hardly

As a lifelong Raider fan, I’m used to the omnipresent speculation which presents itself whenever a player with a checkered past becomes available. No matter what the crime or transgression

March 09, 20154

Oakland A’s already shuffling

Just last week in this space I proffered the notion that the A’s had locked down two of the three outfield jobs as Cactus League play had begun. I said

March 05, 20153

Spring Training performances: How excited/depressed should we get?

All you will ever hear from baseball people about Spring Training is that “it doesn’t mean anything.” While this is mostly true, it’s not 100% true. Tell me it meant

Oakland A's Reddick Crisp clinch AL West
March 02, 20150

The Oakland Athletics’ delicate duo

With numerous question marks surrounding the Oakland A’s this spring, two areas of the diamond already seem to be in order. Coco Crisp is the everyday center fielder and Josh

Radio Wars
February 27, 201516

95.7 The Game extends partnership with Oakland A’s through 2018 (plus Feb ratings)

I’m over a week late with the ratings, which upset a lot of you. Some of the nasty emails and tweets I received … do you kiss your mothers with those

Carlos Quentin Rick Tittle
February 26, 20153

How about Carlos Quentin in left field?

After all the wheeling and dealing by Billy Beane this winter (and by the way, he’s never actually done doing such a thing), the A’s have found themselves bereft of

rick tittle marcus jensen
February 23, 20152

New A’s hitting coaches (and welcome home, Marcus Jensen)

When hitting coach Chili Davis left the A’s within days after the end of last season to seek a significant increase in pay from the Boston Red Sox, it left

A's Zeets
February 19, 20153

Oakland A’s pitchers and catchers in new digs today (including Barry Zito)

Today marks the beginning of a new era in Oakland A’s baseball as they will open Spring Training at their facilities in Mesa, Arizona.  Many improvements have been made to

February 16, 20153

Why I’m excited about Brett Lawrie

On November 29th, the baseball world was shocked to learn that Oakland had traded Josh Donaldson to Toronto. The All-Star third baseman still had four more years under team control

Vogt Gomes basketball official
February 12, 20154

Ideas for A’s promotional giveaways

The A’s recently revealed all the promotional items they’ll be handing out this season for selected games at the Coliseum. It used to be pretty mild when it came to

Madison Bumgarner San Francisco Giants World Series Parade 2014
February 10, 201513

The first Bay Area pro team power rankings

I thought this might be a fun idea, since this is a regional sports blog website and we try to cover all the professional teams. College is tough, since the

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