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Athletics Nation 2 hours ago

Should the Athletics Re-Sign Jon Lester?

Firing Bob Melvin? Signing Hanley Ramirez and re-signing Jon Lester? Hey Athletics Nation! I tell anyone and everyone who will listen that this community is one of the best and most knowledgeable baseball fans around. Alex made his usual weekly appearance on my show and answered some listener’s questions such as; Is it time for the Athletics to replace Manager Bob Melvin? Believe it or not but this question was asked of me more this week than any other. I’m not sure if these folks are A’s fans or not but the question is one that is worthy of an answer. No. The Oakland...
Athletics Nation 20 hours ago
Athletics injury update: Brandon Moss avoids microfracture surgery, Stephen Vogt had successful foot surgery

Athletics injury update: Brandon Moss avoids microfracture surgery, Stephen Vogt had successful foot surgery

Brandon Moss had right hip surgery on October 21. Stephen Vogt continues to recover from right foot surgery on October 14. Athletics first baseman Brandon Moss had successful right hip surgery on October 21, according to tweets from Melissa Lockard of OaklandClubhouse.com and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. A's announce Brandon Moss had right hip surgery on Tues. Repaired torn labrum & other cleanup. They hope he will be able to run in 12 weeks. — Melissa Lockard (@oakclubhouse) October 23, 2014 Brandon Moss had surgery to repair torn right hip labrum, other cleanup....
Athletics Nation Oct 22, 2014

Picking up the pieces of our broken Athletics-fan hearts

This one hurt. More than usual. It's been three weeks since that fateful day, since the A's were royally flushed in the wildest of card games. I can honestly say that nothing in sports has ever hit me as hard as the end of the 2014 season. Only in the last couple days did that feeling of sickness subside, allowing me to think about baseball for even a few minutes without sinking into a sadness that would last the rest of the day. That 163rd game absolutely broke me as a fan -- of the A's, of baseball, of sports -- and it took around three weeks for me to heal. Usually, after the final game...
Athletics Nation Oct 21, 2014

World Series Game 1 open thread: San Francisco Giants at Kansas City Royals

Chat or commiserate with your fellow A's fans as we watch Game 1 of our sport's championship event. The World Series begins on FOX at 5:00 Pacific Time, featuring the National League Champion San Francisco Giants visiting the American League Champion Kansas City Royals. The Game 1 starters should come as no surprise, with Madison Bumgarner starting against James Shields. Today's Lineups SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS KANSAS CITY ROYALS Gregor Blanco - CF Alcides Escobar - SS Joe Panik - 2B Norichika Aoki - RF Buster Posey - C Lorenzo Cain - CF Pablo Sandoval - 3B Eric Hosmer...
Athletics Nation Oct 19, 2014

Chili Davis joins Boston Red Sox as hitting coach, leaves Oakland Athletics

Chili Davis has agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox to become their next hitting coach, according to a tweet by Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, the website for the Red Sox's flagship radio station. Before joining the Athletics as hitting coach in 2012 under Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin, Davis was the hitting coach for the Red Sox's Triple-A team in Pawtucket. Davis' departure, once confirmed, creates vacancies in Oakland for bench coach and hitting coach.
Athletics Nation Oct 18, 2014

Happy Sad Anniversary

If you're like me there are a few moments, and not many, in your life that are etched so deeply you can always instantly put yourself right back in that moment. For example, I recall an ordinary morning in mid-September 13 years ago when I awoke to the clock radio playing not music but rather DJs talking. An accident maybe, car, bus, hard to know in those first bleary seconds as you transition from slumber to a wakeful state. A plane? OK. Seemed important, so maybe a commercial airliner. Into a building, what? Planes? And then that instant when I realized it wasn't just a Tuesday, but...
Athletics Nation Oct 17, 2014
Are you Angry with Billy Beane?

Are you Angry with Billy Beane?

Alex Hall goes on the Phil Naessens Show and shares his thoughts on what moves need to be made this off season plus Phil asks him if he's angry with Billy Beane for breaking up the A's Hey Athletics Nation! Last night as I was watching the San Francisco Giants celebrate their 3rd World Series appearance in five seasons I couldn't help but think of you guys. It must have sucked watching that bunch from across the Bay achieve what darn near every one of us here thought the Athletics would. So where do the Athletics go from here? Alex came on today's show and we talked about what exactly or I...
Athletics Nation Oct 17, 2014

October Lounge....the one where gigs has limited internet

Never have I been so excited not to be able to see my facebook..... Good evening loungerinos! Well, it's evening for me, morning for you. My new job (yay!) requires a lot of travel, specifically to southeast Asia. I just arrived in Shanghai tonight, fortunately having missed all the baseball in San Francisco, and the inevitable stream of facebook posts from friends all over my feed. I really want to have access to facebook, but I really really REALLY am glad not to see that shit.... Anywho, here in China, they limit certain websites, so I can't use gmail, yahoo mail, my work email, facebook,...
Athletics Nation Oct 16, 2014
National League Championship Series Game 5 open thread: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants

National League Championship Series Game 5 open thread: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants

The Giants lead 3-1 heading into Game 5 at AT&T Park. Game 5 of the National League Championship Series starts at 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Fox Sports 1, with the St. Louis Cardinals visiting the San Francisco Giants. Adam Wainwright pitches for St. Louis against the only pitcher to make this postseason boring in his dominance, Madison Bumgarner. Today's Lineups ST. LOUIS CARDINALS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS Matt Carpenter - 3B Gregor Blanco - CF Jon Jay - CF Joe Panik - 2B Matt Holliday - LF Buster Posey - C Jhonny Peralta - SS Pablo Sandoval - 3B Matt Adams -...
Athletics Nation Oct 13, 2014

Shortstops: Cubs 4, A's 0

{NOTE: Monday's ALCS Game 3 between Kansas City and Baltimore has been postponed due to rain and will be played on Tuesday} I guess if you draft for "best player available," you trade for prospects that way too. It's not like the Cubs targeted Addison Russell to fill a void. If Russell takes one step to his left, he's liable to bump into another of the Cubs hot young shortstops. You would think that in aiming to build a contending team in the next couple seasons, the Cubbies would be looking to move a SS ... but which one, and where? Russell needs no introduction. If you aren't consummately...
Athletics Nation Oct 13, 2014
When the World Series took a Back Seat

When the World Series took a Back Seat

A's and Giants had the World (Series) all to themselves in 1989. Then Mother Nature crashed the party. On Tuesday October 14, ESPN will air its latest installment of the 30 for 30 series: "The Day the Series Stopped." The documentary takes us back a quarter-century to the 1989 World Series, which featured Bay Area baseball at its finest, and Mother Nature at her most destructive. Below is a sneak preview with personal reflections tossed in for good measure. The film’s first words, from the mouth of hip-hop artist Too Short, echoed the sentiments of pretty much every A’s fan in 1989: "I...
Athletics Nation Oct 13, 2014
Athletics bench coach Chip Hale named Arizona Diamondbacks manager

Athletics bench coach Chip Hale named Arizona Diamondbacks manager

USA TODAY Sports Major League Baseball columnist Bob Nightengale reports that Oakland Athletics bench coach Chip Hale will be named the new manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hale had been bench coach for the Athletics for the three full seasons Athletics manager Bob Melvin has been at the helm, having previously been third base and infield coach for the Diamondbacks under Melvin between 2007 and 2009. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports adds that Hale has agreed to a two-year deal with Arizona. Chip Hale will replace Kirk Gibson, who was relieved of his duties in the final weekend of the regular...
Athletics Nation Oct 13, 2014

Not just lottery tickets: Athletics catchers

Since 2012, the Oakland Athletics filled the batting order not with players it drafted, but players it acquired in trade, as castoffs from other organizations, or occasionally as a free agent. In 2012, of the 1,440 regular season starts available to non-pitchers in an American League batting order, only 220 (15%) were made by players drafted by the Oakland Athletics: Kurt Suzuki (72 starts), Anthony Recker (10), Jemile Weeks (112), and Cliff Pennington (26). The 2013 team say only 17 homegrown starts by non-pitchers out of 1,438 starts (1%): Kurt Suzuki (9), Grant Green (5), and Michael...
Athletics Nation Oct 12, 2014
Who is the Athletics' best pitcher?

Who is the Athletics' best pitcher?

Own Disney's Million Dollar Arm on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD today! The Oakland Athletics' starting rotation lost two key members to injury before the 2014 season even started, but it still performed well in the first half thanks to some unexpected contributors. In the second half of the season, the revamped rotation was the only positive aspect of the team. The question at hand is simple: who is the A's best pitcher, their proverbial Million Dollar Arm? (Or, $20 million arm if you adjust for MLB inflation.) For the purposes of this debate, let's consider this to mean "Who will be the A's...
Athletics Nation Oct 12, 2014

The Key To Post-Season Success: Good Luck Finding It!

Because not every team can have Buddy Biancalana or Billy Hatcher. If the 2014 Kansas City Royals have proven one thing, though, it's that you win in the post-season through "small ball" as they did against the A's in the wild card game and then ... Wait. Jarrod Dyson keeps getting thrown out stealing but the Royals keep clobbering homeruns. How inconvenient. I guess you could ascribe the success to the managers, except that Kansas City and Baltimore keep winning in spite of their managers, not because of them. Two of the most clueless strategists are fighting it out for a chance to...
Athletics Nation Oct 9, 2014
Athletics claim reliever Jorge De Leon from Astros, release Adam Dunn

Athletics claim reliever Jorge De Leon from Astros, release Adam Dunn

The Athletics claimed right-handed relief pitcher Jorge De Leon from the Houston Astros today, releasing the likely retiring Adam Dunn to create room on the A's 40-man roster. The 26-year-old De Leon had limited time with the big league club, allowing 10 earned runs in 17⅓ MLB innings pitched, for a 5.19 ERA. De Leon struck out 10, walked 10, and allowed three home runs. His recent minor league numbers fare far better, however. With Triple-A Oklahoma City, De Leon pitched to a 2.62 ERA in 48 innings, striking out 43, walking 16, and allowing no home runs. De Leon was originally signed as...
Athletics Nation Oct 6, 2014
At least we know it's still a crapshoot

At least we know it's still a crapshoot

If nothing else, the 2014 playoffs have already proven that there's no logic to postseason baseball. I don't know about anybody else, but I'm certainly comforted. Mainly by the fact that the Angels, clearly baseball's best team in the regular season, were just bounced from the playoffs by the upstart Kansas City Royals. Those Royals just missed out on winning the AL Central, finishing barely behind Detroit, a team that just got bounced by the Baltimore Orioles. A friend of mine who's a Tigers fan told me before the Baltimore-Detroit ALDS began that he was optimistic: he thought the Orioles...
Athletics Nation Oct 5, 2014
The Coco Conundrum

The Coco Conundrum

Coco Crisp and Mark Kotsay have a lot in common. For one, they were -- or in Crisp's case, are -- among my very favorite players in their era with the A's. Both CFers, both signed in their 30s to an extension and both riddled, as they aged, with serious chronic injuries. In Kotsay's case, it was his back and with Crisp it is his neck. There are certain words you would prefer not to see in your medical file and I'm pretty sure "degenerative" is one of them. At 35, Crisp battles a degenerative neck condition. At ages 36 and 37 the A's will owe him a total of $22M. Coco is signed through 2016...
Athletics Nation Oct 4, 2014
Beane Full Of Too Much Bull

Beane Full Of Too Much Bull

Lest you find the headline to be crass, note that I am referring to the animal itself: that stubborn beast whose tab in china shops keeps rising. The saying goes, "There is none so blind as he who will not see" but perhaps it should also include, "There is none so deaf as he who will not hear." When Billy Beane made the super-controversial trade of Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester, it was widely referred to as a "bold move". It wasn't bold, though, so much as it was dumb. While I personally feel the Samardzija-Russell trade will harm the organization far more in the long run, that trade at...
Athletics Nation Sep 29, 2014

Athletics clinch Wild Card, return to postseason for third straight year

The Athletics punched their ticket to the playoffs for the third straight year with a victory over the Rangers on Sunday in the final game of the regular season. There was no backing into the playoffs for the Oakland Athletics. The Seattle Mariners (87-75) forced their hand down to the final day of the regular season, and the A's (88-74) responded with a dominant victory over the Texas Rangers in Arlington to clinch the second Wild Card. Good thing, too, because the Mariners ended up beating the Angels on Sunday; a loss by the A's would have meant a Monday tiebreaker in Seattle. Oakland...

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