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Athletics Nation Jan 26, 2016

"Blogfest": Blogfather Falls In Love With A's Bullpen

Each year at FanFest a group of select bloggers, chosen by the cleanliness of their mother's basement, are invited to chat with a couple players and exactly one David Forst. More on the conversation with Forst later, but today I report back on our 15 minute conversation with relievers Marc Rzepczynski and John Axford. I lof them. Now to put this in proper perspective, two years ago I met Jim Johnson at BlogFest and really liked him...until he started pitching and then...it just didn't go very well, did it? So time will tell whether this report is "great guy, do we have to let him pitch?" or...
Athletics Nation Jan 24, 2016

Oakland A's 2016 Player Profile: John Axford

Time to get to know some of the new guys! So, why not start with 2K16 nominee for Champion of King of Clubhouse Facial Hair? Who? John Axford, of course! Personally, I am selfishly excited for the appearance of the 6'5" right-hander out of Ontario, Canada (and the keyword here is "selfishly"). Sure, I'm happy enough to have another fresh arm on the roster, but mostly because he brings with him the best nickname-and-mustache combo since the glory days. John "The Ax Man" Axford -- who was signed to a two-year, $10mil contract on December 11th, 2015 -- does not simply come complete with funky...
Athletics Nation Jan 24, 2016

Reasons I'm Buying Oakland A's Third Baseman Danny Valencia

I have mostly resigned myself to the notion that Oakland Athletics third baseman Danny Valencia cannot and will not maintain the pace he set in the second half of 2015. I think many of you would agree with me, too. What if we're wrong? In just in 54 second-half games Valencia clobbered 12 home runs, drove in 39 runs batted in, scored 37 times, and posted an .868 OPS. Those numbers rank 9th, 10th, 11th, and 4th among MLB third baseman, respectively. Keep in mind Valencia came to the A's for free, basically. Those numbers are absurd. The vast majority of his torrid summer came with the A's,...

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