June 08, 20150

Pat Venditte is no gimmick

Baseball history is full of colorful gimmicks and quirky stunts. Bill Veeck was the king of such things. He once owned, at separate intervals, the White Sox, Indians and Browns.

June 04, 20155

Will the Oakland A’s be buyers or sellers?

Two weeks ago it seemed like the A’s were a runaway train heading directly to the golf course in October. Everything was going wrong, from leading every continent in errors

June 01, 20151

Jesse Chavez: A case of perseverance

If you asked anyone who the best starting pitcher on the A’s is, they should all correctly answer with the name of Sonny Gray. But what about the team’s second-best

May 28, 20151

Billy Burns seizing opportunity with Oakland A’s

The list of “nearly” men in baseball is a long one. Countless thousands of fantastic players, guys who dominated at the high school and/or college level, never got the opportunity

May 25, 20153

Washington, D.C. (Defensive Coordinator)

The A’s had a good weekend. Hell, they had a great weekend. They won both games against the Rays in Tampa Bay, their first “winning streak” since April 14. Billy

May 21, 20152

Are the A’s really this bad and the Astros really this good?

Are the A’s really this bad? Yes. Sorry, but they stink. Are the Astros really this good? No. But I wanted to take a closer look at Houston because they

May 18, 201523

Report: Plan for Raiders stadium in Oakland is “gurgling blood”

The Oakland Raiders need a new home and the fans are torn between the two options. Having found success in both Oakland and Los Angeles, the Raiders are a rarity

May 18, 20151

Oakland A’s quiz: How many can you get?

As I settled into my seat yesterday at the Coliseum, the A’s had contrived a way to make two errors before they even had a chance to hit. It was

May 15, 201512

Report: Troy Tulowitzki is a traitor to the Oakland A’s

After doing what they always do, the Colorado Rockies are probably going to have to trade the franchise’s most talented player in relatively short order. The Rockies began the season 7-2,

May 14, 20156

The second-guessing of Bob Melvin

Managers can never really win. The only time a skipper can escape blame is if he wins a World Series, but even then there will be critics who will point

May 11, 20153

10 things that are actually going right for the Oakland A’s

The temptation to lash out in this space again and point a finger at the shortcomings and general malaise of the A’s shall be rebuffed today. It’s too easy to

May 07, 201532

When is the A’s fire sale?

You can’t help but be a little bit jaded if you’ve been an A’s fan during the tenures of the last two ownership groups. With Billy Beane at the helm

May 04, 20152

Oakland A’s bullpen is a dumpster fire

Yesterday the A’s won a series for the first time in what seems like ages when they beat the Rangers in Arlington, 7-1. Sonny Gray was again outstanding for the

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

country breakfast
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

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