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Spring Game #3: A's vs. Cubs

Some guy named Barry Zito is pitching for the A's. Unsure why that name sounds familiar. The A's visit the Cubs at Sloan Park in Mesa today in their third game of Cactus League play, and, oddly, some guy named "Barry Zito" is listed as their starting pitcher. Is it just me, or does that name ring a bell? In all seriousness, though, Zito is making his return to professional baseball after a year out of the game. The last time he pitched for Oakland was Game 1 of the 2006 ALCS, which the A's dropped, 5-1, and after seven years of fairly consistent struggles on the other side of San Francisco...
Zito, Crisp take center stage today for A’s vs. Cubs

Zito, Crisp take center stage today for A’s vs. Cubs

It’s a quiet morning in Mesa with only a little bit of news coming out of A’s camp That figures to change this afternoon as former Cy Young Award winner Barry Zito makes his fist Cactus League start of the… Continue Reading →
Speaking from experience, Zito says ex-teammates Ellis, Hudson could find retirement tougher than they think

Speaking from experience, Zito says ex-teammates Ellis, Hudson could find retirement tougher than they think

Barry Zito hadn’t heard that Mark Ellis had announced his retirement. He also hadn’t heard that Tim Hudson has indicated this might be his last year in the game as well. After hearing the news on both longtime teammates, Zito… Continue Reading →
San Jose Mercury News Feb 26, 2015

Barry Zito admits retiring was a mistake

Oakland A's lefty Barry Zito said he should not have quit baseball after 2013 season with the San Francisco Giants

More A’s video: Barry Zito, Sonny Gray, Tyler Clippard

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Fitch Park It’s day two of pitchers throwing to hitters and there’s yes, more video. Yesterday was hitter-heavy, now it’s some of the pitchers. First up, Barry Zito, our old friend. He looked sharp and was throwing his fastball with authority: Next, it’s Opening Day starter (presumed, but come on, of course it is) Sonny Gray: And finally, new reliever Tyler Clippard, the projected closer while Sean Doolittle is out:
Athletics Nation Feb 22, 2015

Oakland A's spring training: Sean Nolin surgery recovery rules out rotation spot

More Barry Zito and Pat Venditte mania, and notes on Fernando Rodriguez, Bryan Anderson, Taylor Thompson, Arnold Leon, and Sam Fuld. Plus, happy birthday Chris Bassitt. There was hope on Saturday that Sean Nolin, recovering from offseason sports hernia surgery, just needed to be eased into throwing from the mound by beginning on flat ground. Those hopes disappeared when Bob Melvin said the session did not go well, according to the Bay Area News Group's John Hickey. Hickey writes, "Melvin said Nolin has gone from being behind the other candidates - Drew Pomeranz, Jesse Chavez, Jesse Hahn,...
Oakland Tribune Feb 21, 2015

Oakland A's Barry Zito going back to basics with pitch selection

Barry Zito, who has returned to the Oakland A's, says he will be cutting the cutter from his repertoire, focusing on his fastball, curveball and changeup and using his old over-the-top delivery
Athletics Nation Feb 21, 2015

Oakland A's spring training: Jarrod Parker aiming for June return from injury

Also, Barry Zito will abandon his cutter, A's trainer Nick Paparesta rattles off his injury list, the people of Mesa are enjoying an open house at Hohokam Stadium, hints of a bullpen newcomer, and initial notes from today's press gaggle with Bob Melvin. Speaking to CSN's Joe Stiglich, Jarrod Parker says he agrees with manager Bob Melvin that a June return from his second Tommy John surgery is realistic. Parker threw 40 pitches on Friday, all fastballs and changeups, and intends to begin throwing breaking balls on Tuesday, Stiglich writes. In other news from this morning: Barry Zito...
Athletics Nation Feb 20, 2015

Signing Barry Zito is a Win Win for Oakland!

Alex Hall makes his weekly appearance on the Phil Naessens Show and the guys talk about Barry Zito and Joey Wendle Hey Athletics Nation! Alex made his weekly appearance on my show today and as always it was a good time talking Oakland Athletics baseball. What if Barry Zito has a bounce back season in 2015? What if Barry Zito has another horrible season? Who the heck is Joey Wendle? Alex had to answer these questions today and his answers might surprise you. Zito being offered a minor league contract is a good thing from where I'm sitting. If he pitches well and helps the big club it's a...
Athletics Nation Feb 19, 2015

Oakland A's pitchers and catchers report: Barry Zito, Sean Doolittle, and more

Barry Zito will get at least one start this spring, injury rehabs for Sean Doolittle, A.J. Griffin, and Jarrod Parker are on track, Bob Melvin lists off his closer candidates, and plenty of position players have arrived ahead of schedule at the new spring facilities in Mesa. Lots of new today as pitchers and catchers reported to spring camp. Barry Zito penciled in for at least one start "You don't bring a guy into camp if there's no shot," Bob Melvin told Joe Stiglich and assembled reporters today in declaring that Barry Zito will get at least one start in the early going. There are a lot...
Oakland Tribune Feb 19, 2015

A's manager Bob Melvin not making promises to Barry Zito

Barry Zito joined the Oakland A's on a minor-league contract, but the American League West team has numerous starting candidates for manager Bob Melvin to evaluate.
Oakland Tribune Feb 17, 2015

Barry Zito joining Oakland A's with a new pitching style

Oakland A's hoping Zito's work with a Texas pitching instructor will have the same impact it did on left-hander Scott Kazmir, who won 15 games for the team last season.
Athletics Nation Feb 17, 2015

A Reality Check On The A's Signing Of Barry Zito

How cool would it be if Barry Zito, who starred for the A's for seven seasons then got rich but toiled in mediocrity elsewhere, returned to Oakland to rejuvenate his career and lead the A's to -- {wakes up} Realistically, while Oakland's signing of Zito, to a minor league deal worth $1M if Zito makes the big league roster, has a "Hey, that's cool" factor I expect Zito's re-tenure in Oakland to be on par with the A's careers of Manny Ramirez and Ryan Langerhans. Here's why... Rule Out The Bullpen There is just no reason for the A's to put Zito into the bullpen mix, leaving him to compete...
McCovey Chronicles Feb 17, 2015

A's sign Barry Zito to minor-league deal

Root for him. Barry Zito signed a minor-league deal with the A's. Your first response might be to laugh. I received both a text and a tweet after the news was announced, exclaiming mock disgust. The common sentiment was something like, "Ugh, you know he's going to have a great year for them," sarcastic, half-bitter. To which I respond, man, I sure hope so. Start with the basic, simple odds that have been against the Giants every single season. They probably aren't going to win the World Series. I know, I know, that's what we said last season, but after they stumble through the wall like a...
MetsBlog Feb 17, 2015

A’s sign Barry Zito

The A’s have agreed to a minor league deal with free-agent LHP Barry Zito (Slusser, Feb. 17). Zito threw for a select group of teams on Tuesday (Crasnick, Feb. 3). In the event he doesn’t make …

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