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The Athletics were one of the most surprising division winners in recent memory. Not only did the A’s appear to lack talent on paper, but they play in a division with the Angels and Rangers, who have high payrolls and big names. The Rangers had won the pennant two years in a row, while the Angels made big a big splash in free agency, yet it was the money ball strategy of the A’s that got the job done. The A’s will continue to relay on strong starting pitching this season. Their lineup was unwatchable at times last season, but heated up the last couple months of the season. The lineup, led by Yoenis Cespedes, will have to be consistent, but do not be surprised if the A’s are right in the thick of the division once again.


Manny Ramirez Is Back…Again

The Oakland A’s have made another splash acquisition this offseason by deciding bring Manny Ramirez back to the MLB. The A’s already signed the highly sought after Cuban defector, Yeonis Cespedes, as they try to keep up with the AL West bulking up with the likes of Albert Pujols to Anaheim and Yu Darvish from Japan to Texas. It is reported that Manny’s contract is around $500,000, which isn’t bad considering he still must serve a 50 game suspension to start the season as a result of drug policy violations. Manny will enter his 20th MLB season, and turns 40 years old in May. The A’s have been busy this offseason, but it remains to be seen if these big splash, big risk, acquisitions pan out. One thing is for sure, the bigger the risk…the bigger the reward. But sometimes, the bigger the risk…the bigger the headache.


Rickey Henderson Autograph Signing

 

Rickey Henderson
HOF 2009
Upcoming Signing – 5/22/2011

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Rollie Fingers Autograph Signing

 

Rollie Fingers
Athletics Hall of Fame Closer
Upcoming Signing – 5/15/2010

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Walt Weiss Autograph Signing

 

Walt Weiss
1988 AL Rookie of the Year
Upcoming Signing – 5/16/2010

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Upcoming Autograph Signing

 

Ben Grieve
1998 AL Rookie of the Year
Upcoming Signing – 5/16/2010

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They’re not trendy pick, but A’s win again

The Mariners were the chic pick in the American League West, the focus of a Sports Illustrated spread because of their dynamic defense, a team to be reckoned with after acquiring Cliff Lee, Chone Figgins, Casey Kotchman and Milton Bradley.

The A’s reckoned with them, all right, and the scoreboard proved it. Capped by Thursday’s 6-2 victory, the A’s won three of four games, collected 40 hits to the Mariners’ 26 and overcame an Opening Night error-fest to open a season 3-1 for the first time since 2004.

“Can’t play too much better than this,” starter Brett Anderson said after scattering three hits and issuing one walk in six scoreless innings. “Can’t have a better team win.”

Click here to read the full article – By John Shea of San Francisco Chronicle



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Good, not-so-good moments for A’s

Offseason imports don’t pan out, but rookie hurlers emerge

The idea behind bringing Matt Holliday, Jason Giambi, Orlando Cabrera and Nomar Garciaparra aboard was to give the previously anemic offensive enough juice to make the kids on the mound relax a little.

Things didn’t quite work out that way.

Holliday never got on track offensively and was traded in July, as was Cabrera. Giambi was even worse, his once-prolific bat making less noise than his creaking 38-year-old body. Only Garciaparra finished the season with the team, but his chronic calf condition limited him all year, turning him into a high-profile pinch-hitter.

A’s general manager Billy Beane doesn’t regret his attempt to expedite his rebuilding of the team by adding the aforementioned foursome, though. He still said the notion was sound, and so does Garciaparra.

“In my experience,” says the veteran infielder, who will again consider retirement this offseason, “when a pitcher feels like he has some room to make a few mistakes, he doesn’t make as many.”

Rookie left-hander Brett Anderson, one of the pitchers Beane was trying to protect, doesn’t quite buy that line of logic, insisting that all pitchers should take the mound in every inning trying to put up a zero and worry not about whatever the offense it up to.

Click here to read the full article – By Mychael Urban of MLB.com



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Calm Mortensen pitching for his 2010 fate

SEATTLE — The past few months have been a head-spinning experience for A’s right-hander Clayton Mortensen, but you’d never know it from observing his clubhouse interactions.

A 24-year-old rookie, he is to hyper what former A’s outfielder Eric Byrnes is to calm. There’s an economy of movement about Mortensen, who was acquired in the four-player trade that sent Matt Holliday to St. Louis in July.

“Pretty mellow dude,” A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki said of Mortensen, who’ll make his final start of the season Wednesday in the middle game of a three-game series against the host Mariners at Safeco Field. “All of our young guys are pretty mellow.”

Maybe not all. Lefty Gio Gonzalez is the first to admit there’s a little spaz in him. But Mortensen, who was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento on Sept. 4 for his second stint with the A’s, fits right in with fellow even-keel rookies Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson.

Whether he’ll fit in among them in the 2010 starting rotation is an issue that won’t be resolved until next spring at the earliest, but he’s been solid since the most recent recall, going 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA.

“Like a number of young guys this year, he’s getting a nice opportunity to show what he can do at this level,” Oakland manager Bob Geren said. “We’ve seen him pitch very well, we’ve seen him struggle a little bit, and that’s what you typically see with rookie pitchers. What’s important is that the talent is there. That’s obvious. The fact that we traded for him tells you what we think of him.

“What’s going to happen next year? Who knows? But every time you take the mound in a Major League game is a chance to put yourself into the picture.”


Click here to read the full article – By Mychael Urban of Mlb.com



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