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Athletics promote coaches from within: Darren Bush named hitting coach; Scott Emerson and Marcus Jensen moving up

Athletics promote coaches from within: Darren Bush named hitting coach; Scott Emerson and Marcus Jensen moving up

Darren Bush was named hitting coach to replace Chili Davis, Scott Emerson is the new bullpen coach, and Marcus Jensen is assistant hitting/catching coach. Ariel Prieto will not continue on the Oakland coaching staff, but will be offered another position in the Athletics organization. The Oakland Athletics announced via Twitter that 2013-14 Bullpen Coach Darren Bush has been promoted to Hitting Coach, 2013-14 Minor League Pitching Coordinator Scott Emerson has been promoted to Bullpen Coach, and 2014 Minor League Hitting Coordinator Marcus Jensen has been named the assistant hitting/catching...
Athletics Nation Oct 29, 2014

World Series Game 7 open thread: San Francisco Giants (3) at Kansas City Royals (3)

Game 7 of the 2014 World Series starts at 5:07 PM Pacific Time, televised on FOX. Perhaps the words of the late Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti can describe my thoughts on the conclusion of the 2014 Major League Baseball season: [Baseball] breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall all alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the...
Athletics Nation Oct 29, 2014

Are we on the cusp of doom?

I'm not sure if a third Giants World Series can further marginalize the A's in the Bay Area sports landscape. At this point it might even help. Watching the fans, the team and the city of San Francisco get into the Giants postseason is fascinating in a way. The team's home is secured for the next 100 years or so. Stars like Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Madison Bumgarner, Sergio Romo and Tim Lincecum are still around from the first WS. They have a beautiful ballpark and the seventh highest payroll in baseball. Their owners don't mind spending to retain their talent, because they know the...
Athletics Nation Oct 29, 2014
Athletics 2014 season review: Craig Gentry

Athletics 2014 season review: Craig Gentry

In our first player review capsule, we looked at No. 1, Nick Punto. The Oakland Athletics haven't had a No. 2 since Cliff Pennington, so we'll skip straight to No. 3: Craig Gentry. Player profile Name: Craig Gentry, aka Kitten FacePosition: LF, CF, RFStats: .254/.319/.289, 258 PAs, 0 HR, 20 SB, plus-10 DRS*WAR: 2.0 bWAR, 1.4 fWARHow he got here: Acquired from Texas Rangers prior to 20142014 Salary: $1.145 million2015 Status: 2nd-year arbitration, under team control2015 Salary: Estimated $1.8 million * (Defensive Runs Saved, an advanced defensive metric ... plus-10 in 560 innings is really,...
Athletics Nation Oct 28, 2014

Keeping the A's in Oakland: An interview with Oakland mayoral candidate Libby Schaaf

AN speaks with Oakland City Councilmember and mayoral candidate Libby Schaaf regarding her views on the future of professional sports in Oakland. This is the fourth installment in our series featuring Oakland mayoral candidates and their stances in the upcoming November 2014 elections, discussing their feelings and policies most specifically regarding a new venue for the A's in Oakland. Today's post is a writeup of my interview with Libby Schaaf, an Oakland native and current member of the Oakland City Council. Schaaf is a lawyer by trade, but has spent the last two decades of her career...
Athletics Nation Oct 28, 2014

Athletics 2014 player reviews

An individual look at the performances of each of the 45 players who took the field for the Oakland A's in 2014. Welcome to the first installment of Athletics Nation's season review series, in which we'll take an individual look at each of the 45 players who took the field for the 2014 Oakland Athletics. I have arbitrarily chosen to go in order of jersey number, which means we'll begin with No. 1: Nick Punto. Player profile Name: Nick Punto, aka ShredderPosition: 2B, SS, 3B, RF (for one out)Stats: .207/.296/.293 (.589, 69 OPS+), 2 HR, 3 SBWAR: 0.5 bWAR, 0.2 fWARHow he got here: Signed as...
Athletics Nation Oct 28, 2014

Athletics 2014 season review: Nick Punto

Welcome to the first installment of Athletics Nation's season review series, in which we'll take an individual look at each of the 45 players who took the field for the 2014 Oakland Athletics. I have arbitrarily chosen to go in order of jersey number, which means we'll begin with No. 1: Nick Punto. Player profile Name: Nick Punto, aka ShredderPosition: 2B, SS, 3B, RF (for one out)Stats: .207/.296/.293 (.589, 69 OPS+), 2 HR, 3 SBWAR: 0.5 bWAR, 0.2 fWARHow he got here: Signed as free agent prior to 20142014 Salary: $2.75 million2015 Status: Contract option vested, will be back with A's2015...
Athletics Nation Oct 27, 2014

The return of Dollar Bills Mills

Brad Mills will be returning to the Oakland organization, Melissa Lockard of OaklandClubhouse.com reports. Left-handed starting pitcher Brad Mills will return to the Oakland Athletics organization with an invitation to spring training, Melissa Lockard of Oaklandclubhouse.com reports ("Oakland A's notes: Mills, Aldrete return"). Mills arrived last June 17 for the cash consideration of one dollar from the Milwaukee Brewers on June 17 and was designated for assignment to make room for Jason Hammel's arrival on July 7. He ultimately was claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays. Mills made three starts...
Athletics Nation Oct 27, 2014

Mike Aldrete to be named A's new bench coach

The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser is reporting that the Cardinals' bench coach will be moving to Oakland in 2015. Mike Aldrete is expected to be named the Oakland Athletics' new bench coach tomorrow morning, filling the gap left by the departure of Chip Hale to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Aldrete was working as the St. Louis bench coach since 2011, and previously worked as a hitting coach and a first base coach under Bob Melvin in Arizona and Seattle. Aldrete still had a year remaining on his deal with #STLCards by the way, but it appears opportunity to come back to Bay Area a...
Athletics Nation Oct 26, 2014

What should the Athletics do with John Jaso?

John Jaso is an unusual player. He has a particular set of strengths and weaknesses that somehow make him indispensable to the Oakland Athletics roster but, at the same time, virtually impossible to fit onto it. The question at hand is how the A's should utilize him next season in order to derive the most value out of him while also keeping him healthy. Let's begin with two statements about Jaso. He is a fantastic hitter, and he should no longer be a catcher. John Jaso is a fantastic hitter For some of you this statement will seem obvious, and for others it will come as a shock and require...
Athletics Nation Oct 26, 2014

Moments Of Pride

A simple and profound thing happened to me at the grocery store yesterday afternoon. The gentleman bagging my groceries looked at me, smiled and said, "I'm glad you still represent the A's with pride!" He was referring to my hooded A's sweatshirt that I was wearing. He was also referring, of course, to the season's last two months and how they tested each fan's sense of pride and desire to brag about their fandom. And let's face it. Rarely does a mother, in the supermarket, brag to another mom that her precious Susie just scored a 2/10 on her last Spanish quiz. "Well that's nothing! Did you...
Athletics Nation Oct 25, 2014

World Series Game 4 open thread: Kansas City Royals (2) at San Francisco Giants (1)

The San Francisco Giants cannot win the World Series at AT&T Park, but they can lose it. Some pre-game ceremonies: Here to throw out #WorldSeries Game 4 ceremonial First Pitch, Mo'ne Davis pic.twitter.com/bZJBIMj2jz — #OctoberTogether (@SFGiants) October 25, 2014 The National Weather Service is calling for scattered thunderstorms and showers in San Francisco, including just now at 4:40 pm: Rain burst just now. Not soft rain. — Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) October 25, 2014 I emphasize scattered because it is not raining from my home just east of Golden Gate Park, though it did...
Athletics Nation Oct 25, 2014

Bochy Let Off Hook For Questionable Decision

Much has been made, and for good reason, of Ned Yost's bumbling (at least he's consistent) of Kelvim Herrera last night. Herrera was left in to bat, struck out as Jarrod Dyson was attempting a stolen base (why, exactly?), came out to retire one batter and was relieved, while Brandon Finnegan got loose in the bullpen but did not come in to face a couple LH batters. Of course Yost's randomness was rewarded when the Royals held on to win, same as happened in the wild card game when Yost inexplicably turned to Yordano Ventura for a bullpen appearance on one day's rest, and rode that blunder to...
Athletics Nation Oct 24, 2014

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 Oct 23, 2014
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...

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