April 30, 20151

Stephen Vogt: Life begins at 30

I would bet there aren’t too many everyday MLB players who hadn’t had their first big league hit until they were 28 years old. Usually that would be a category

April 27, 20154

Astros sweep A’s to cap off a bizarre first 20 games

Last-ros? Try First-ros. Houston departed Oakland yesterday with a three-game sweep and left a stadium filled with confused players and angry fans. How could this be? The A’s are the

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April 23, 20150

Country Breakfast is a hit so far

When A’s GM Billy Beane signed free agent hitter Billy Butler to a three-year, $30 million dollar contract last November, I took several calls and e-mails from bemused and irate

April 20, 201511

A’s vs. Royals: A rivalry is born

Before this weekend’s A’s/Royals series in Kansas City, you’d be hard pressed in finding ways to describe the meeting of these two teams as a rivalry. It wasn’t that long

April 17, 20158

Stockton Ports – Great ballpark, great time

It was almost too good to be true. The Oakland A’s had both their Triple-A and High-A affiliates within an hour’s drive (no traffic) from the Coliseum. This was the set-up

April 13, 20153

A’s begin with losing homestand: No excuses

The A’s open their road portion of the 2015 schedule tonight in Houston after finishing a very up-and-down homestand which concluded with a 3-4 record. One of the reasons I

April 09, 20151

A’s open up a Canha whoop ass

Last night at the Coliseum, it was the first time this season the A’s have featured their “lefty line-up,” as skipper Bob Melvin calls it. It’s a bit misleading if

Oakland Athletics AL West 2012 Celebration
April 08, 201524

Damon Bruce on new A’s post-victory song: “I don’t think black people like it”

The song playing over the PA system took several fans and players by surprise after the Oakland A’s won 8-0 on Opening Night at the Coliseum. Instead of “Celebration” by

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April 08, 20155

Why Cody Ross is a perfect fit for the A’s (and not the Giants)

Last night Susan Slusser reported the Oakland Athletics’ interest in Cody Ross, who’s famous around here for hitting five home runs in the 2010 postseason, including two off Roy Halladay.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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