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  • @Athletics • 2h

    Fansided: Athletics' looking at Stephen Vogt to pair with Sean Murphy

    The Oakland Athletics' seem to have their catcher of the future in Sean Murphy. He is a dynamic offensive player, with an elite defensive background. But he can't play all 162 games in a season.With the Josh Phegley era, seemingly coming to an end. It is time for the Athletics' to start looking at a backup catcher. One that could possibly provide a left-handed bat to add to the lineup.

    It has been reported that the team has reached out to the agent of Stephen Vogt. He is a familiar face, that played a big role for this team in the past.

  • @Athletics • 8h

    Athletics Nation: Elephant Rumblings: Oakland looking to extend Coliseum sale injunction against A's

    A's Coverage: Best of AN: MLB News: Baseball Interest Stories: 1958 -- The American League announces that the Kansas City Athletics will play 52 night games in 1959, a new AL mark.
    2008 -- The Nationals pick up outfielder Josh Willingham and pitcher Scott Olsen from the Marlins for prospect Emilio Bonifacio and minor leaguers Jake Smolinski and P.J. Dean.
    Montas has been nearly perfect this winter...
    These are beautiful...
    A's Coverage: Best of AN: MLB News: Baseball Interest Stories: 1958 -- The American League announces that the Kansas City Athletics will play 52 night games in 1959, a new AL mark.
    2008 -- The Nationals pick up outfielder Josh Willingham and pitcher Scott Olsen from the Marlins for prospect Emilio Bonifacio and minor leaguers Jake Smolinski and P.J. Dean.
    Montas has been nearly perfect this winter...
    These are beautiful...

  • @Athletics • 1d

    CSN Bay Area: A's Jesus Luzardo is intriguing candidate for 2020 Rookie of the Year

    The excitement of pitcher Jesus Luzardo joining the A's big-league squad in 2019 had to wait. But he more than made up for it.Oakland's No. 1 prospect didn't make his major league debut until September after a strained left rotator cuff and a few minor setbacks, but now he finds himself among 2020 Rookie of the Year possibilities according to MLB Pipeline.

    Luzardo's debut was everything A's fans wanted it to be, but it left everyone wanting more. It's a small sample size, but in six games, and 12 innings, he surrendered just five hits while accumulating 16 strikeouts and boasting a 1.

  • @Athletics • 2d

    Athletics Nation: Front Office's Biggest "Blunder" Comes Mostly In Hindsight

    July, 2017, came a passing mention from The Chronicle: The A's were engaged with Marcus Semien in talks about a possible extension. Referenced for comparison as a framework for such a deal was the 6 year, $25M contract Tim Anderson had recently signed with the White Sox.Reaction on AN at the time was, "Cool. Would be nice to keep Semien. Solid complementary piece, great guy, local boy." But there was no clamoring that the A's "have to get this done" like there was until Khris Davis was inked to an extension. Nor was anyone suggesting that if it took something like 6/$60M to get it done, the A's should jump at the chance.

  • @Athletics • 3d

    Athletics Nation: Matt Chapman wins AL Platinum Glove for second straight year

    Another season is in the books, and Matt Chapman is still the best defensive player in the American League, and probably in the entire major leagues. The Oakland A's third baseman won the AL Platinum Glove on Friday, earning the honor for the second straight year.The Platinum Glove is an offshoot of the Gold Glove awards, administered by sports equipment company Rawlings since 2011. It is decided almost entirely by a fan vote, with the general public picking between that year's nine Gold Glove winners in each league to determine the top overall fielder in the AL and NL (a percentage of the vote is also determined by SABR's SDI stat).

  • @Athletics • 4d

    Athletics Nation: Elephant Rumblings: Honors continue for Chapman, A's

    Mark Lemke -- a 1995 World Series champion -- in his career:

    3664 plate appearances
    0 hit by pitches

    Tim Locastro in his young career:

    265 plate appearances
    23 hit by pitches-- Max's Sporting Studio (@MaxSportsStudio) November 6, 2019 The offseason is already off to a contentious start...

  • @Athletics • 5d

    Athletics Nation: Vote Matt Chapman for Platinum Glove!

    We've entered baseball's awards season, and the Oakland A's have already taken home some hardware. Third baseman Matt Chapman and first baseman Matt Olson both won their second straight Gold Gloves, as well as their second straight Fielding Bibles. They are unquestionably the best 3B and 1B defenders in the sport right now.However, there are two more major defensive awards on the docket. Next up is the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year, which Chapman won last year, and it will be announced tonight (Wed). But after that comes the Platinum Glove, and what sets that one apart is that you and I can actually have a say in it -- Rawlings decides this top award based on a fan vote, with one each for the AL and NL.

  • @Athletics • 5d

    Athletics Nation: Matt Chapman named Wilson Defensive 3B of the Year

    The Wilson Defensive Players of the Year were announced on Wednesday, and unfortunately Matt Chapman did not repeat as the top overall defender in MLB. However, he did at least get the nod as the top third baseman.The overall winner this year is catcher Roberto Perez of the Cleveland Indians. Chapman was the 2018 winner. You can click here to see the full list overall winners, which dates back to 2012.

    In addition to the overall winner, Wilson announces a full lineup with one player from each position. It is not split between leagues, but rather just one player per position in the majors, just like the Fielding Bible.

  • @Athletics • 5d

    Fansided: Oakland Athletics: Marcus Semien won't win MVP, but it doesn't matter

    The Oakland Athletics proved that they weren't a one-year wonder this season by following up a 97-win campaign in 2018 with an equal win total in 2019. Much of that was due to the surprising breakout of shortstop Marcus Semien.Coincidentally, Semian might be out to prove that he isn't a one-year wonder when he takes the field next season after putting together a career year in 2019. That career year earned him a spot as a finalist for the American League Most Valuable Player award.

    And it really came out of nowhere too.

  • @Athletics • 5d

    Athletics Nation: Elephant Rumblings: City of Oakland reopens talks of Coliseum sale with A's

    Team USA outfielder Mark Payton, who homered last night before a heavy @MLB scouting presence, is a name to remember for the Rule 5 draft if #Athletics don't protect him on their 40-man later this month. He posted a 1.053 OPS at Las Vegas this year. LH-hitting corner OF. -- Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 5, 2019 Baseball is very different in October...

    I find the difference in context between the regular season and postseason fascinating.

    Season / postseason in 2019

    4.49 / 3.72 ERA
    1.

  • @Athletics • 6d

    Fansided: Athletics: Dominant Starting Pitching Can Carry A's to Postseason Success

    In a league that is full of teams becoming more and more focused on finding statistical and strategical legs up and relying on matchup advantages, the 2019 Washington Nationals showed once again that having Hall-of-Fame starting pitching is the ultimate game breaker in postseason baseball.And for the Oakland Athletics, that means they should feel good about the way they have built their team.

    The Nats' four key starters (Scherzer, Strasburg, Sanchez and Corbin) pitched 70% of their postseason innings, and their five World Series starters (including Joe Ross) pitched 74% of their World Series innings.

  • @Athletics • 6d

    Athletics Nation: Bobby Crosby to manage High-A Stockton, Adam Rosales returns to A's organization

    The Oakland A's announced their 2020 player development staff on Tuesday, and there are some fun names taking on new roles.Chief among them is Bobby Crosby, who takes over as the manager for the High-A Stockton Ports. Crosby was the A's 1st-round draft pick in 2001 and won the Rookie of the Year with Oakland in 2004, ultimately playing eight years in the majors, mostly in green and gold. He rejoined the organization in 2018 as a coach in Double-A, but now he'll take a step up into a managerial position, albeit one level down the minor league ladder.

  • @Athletics • 6d

    San Jose Mercury News: Who will win AL MVP? Breaking down the true value of this year's finalists

    The A's have an MVP candidate for the time since Miguel Tejada's nomination and win in 2002. But, unfortunately, Marcus Semien is sandwiched between two generational talents in two-time MVP Mike Trout and Astros star Alex Bregman.But, does Semien have a chance at a sneaky win? Here's a look at some key statistics to explore how each of the trio might win -- or not win -- the MVP.

    OAKLAND A'S MARCUS SEMIEN

    Why he could win: The MVP odds are low for Semien, given the other two finalists.

  • @Athletics • 6d

    Athletics Nation: Elephant Rumblings: A's prospect Dunshee starts winner-take-all for Team USA

    Here is the dramatic platform video of our humble hero John O'Connor saving a man's life at the Coliseum station Sunday night. John is a Transportation Supervisor and has worked at BART for more than 20 years. An amazing rescue. pic.twitter.com/KrO75nqPYb -- SFBART (@SFBART) November 4, 2019 Good luck getting this out of your head...

    Good morning! I have some *~*~personal news*~*~to share: starting today, I am taking over the Oakland A's beat for @TheAthleticMLB. I'm really excited for this opportunity; here's how I got here, and what you can expect: https://t.

  • @Athletics • 7d

    Athletics Nation: Marcus Semien named finalist for 2019 MVP

    Major League Baseball announced the finalists for the 2019 offseason awards on Monday, and the Oakland A's have a player in the thick of the MVP race for the first time in a while.The finalists include the top three players in the voting for each award, and A's shortstop Marcus Semien is in the running for the American League MVP. His competition is third baseman Alex Bregman of the Astros, and outfielder Mike Trout of the Angels. Click here to see all the finalists in both leagues.

    Semien earned this nod with an enormous breakout season.

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