Firstly, I would like to say that it is with great pleasure that I have accepted the role of Oakland A’s columnist for Bay Area Sports Guy for the 2015 season. I have been a frequent visitor to this site for many years and therefore it is a pleasure to be a part of the team now. For those familiar with me, you know I’m no apologist for the A’s. I hold them to a championship standard and am well aware that they do business in a massive market. I make no excuses for any perceived or real lack of ambition and any semblance of a defeatist attitude by their ownership will be noted here. The good news is that these last few years they’ve been highly watchable and possess a savvy manager.
The roster upheaval seen over the last few weeks has been bordering on the historic, especially since Billy Beane’s trigger finger is never fully at rest. For the time being, I’d like to take a look at the list of A’s players who will now be plying their trades elsewhere, via trade, free agency, or by being waived.
What I will miss: his hot April and May.
What I will not miss: his incessant whining about every called strike, and his philosophy of never diving or even bending his knees to field ground balls.
What I will miss: he was just starting to figure out how to hit.
What I miss not miss: countless passed balls which were scored as wild pitches, the inability to throw out even the slowest runners, and dropping a certain pitch-out.
What I miss: stud staff ace.
What I will not miss: stud staff ace choking in the playoffs.
What I will miss: his effusive leadership, grit, and will to win.
What I will not miss: nothing. No complaints. Baller.
What I will miss: RBI, HRs (especially two in the Wild Card game), quiet leadership, class act, and a tough character.
What I will not miss: only how he faded in the second half.
What I will miss: reliable workhorse in bullpen. Rubber arm.
What I will not miss: it seemed like every time he failed, it was in an important spot.
What I will miss: versatility and a clutch hit in Wild Card game.
What I will not miss: rapidly deteriorating skill set.
What I will miss: clutch HRs, good teammate, and being a catcher who can hit.
What I will not miss: his concussions. Bad luck on injury front made him unreliable.
What I will miss: established rotation presence.
What I will not miss: his first six starts.
What I will miss: nice guy.
What I won’t miss: .207 average paired with being injury-prone.
What I will miss: good teammate.
What I will not miss: 25th man on team, rarely played at all.
Good luck in Toronto … until he comes back again.
GEOVANY SOTO, ADAM DUNN, ANDY PARRINO & KYLE BLANKS
I’ll miss Soto’s arm. I wish Dunn got an at-bat in that Wild Card game — how Punto pinch-hit and Dunn didn’t, I will never understand. Parrino won’t be missed at all. Too bad Blanks couldn’t stay healthy.
Good luck in Arizona. With Mike Aldrete in, I don’t think losing Hale matters at all.
More credibility than Ty Van Burkleo. Good luck in your new job.