Billy Beane Says The Athletics' Trades Paid Off

This was the year the Athletics pushed in their chips, acquiring the likes of Jeff Samardzija, Jason Hammel, Adam Dunn, and especially Jon Lester. It didn't work out that way: the team with MLB's best record at the trade deadline ended up settling for a wild card and bowing out in a one-game playoff. GM Billy Beane… » 10/02/14 4:32pm 10/02/14 4:32pm

Royals Defeat A's, Ned Yost In Epic Play-In Game

Sacrifice bunts are rarely the correct call in baseball, so of course Ned Yost's Kansas City Royals laid down four of them in Tuesday night's wild card play-in game against the Oakland A's. Despite Jon Lester displaying uncharacteristic shakiness and the Royals' offense performing uncharacteristically well, Yost… » 10/01/14 1:23am 10/01/14 1:23am

Jon Lester Vs. James Shields Is An Argument For The Second Wild Card

There are plenty of reasons to dislike the presence of MLB's second wild card teams, but tonight's matchup is not one of them. That's because we will get to watch two great pitchers—James Shields of the Kansas City Royals and Jon Lester of the Oakland A's—start the precise game that they were acquired to win, a game… » 9/30/14 12:34pm 9/30/14 12:34pm

Camera-Shy A's Fans Make For Awkward ESPN Segment

During last night's broadcast of the Angels-A's game, ESPN cut to former A's pitcher Dallas Braden for an on-the-scene report in the right-field bleachers of the A's stadium, which is known for being one of the more raucous cheering sections in the league. Unfortunately for Braden, the fans at the stadium last night… » 8/25/14 11:45am 8/25/14 11:45am

A's Fans Rage One Last Time For Former Closer Grant Balfour

A cool thing happened in the bottom of the tenth inning of last night's extra-innings tilt between the Rays and Athletics. Grant Balfour, who spent three seasons becoming an Oakland fan favorite as the A's hard-throwing bullpen goon, came on to pitch for the Rays against his old squad. Even with the score tied 2-2 in… » 8/05/14 10:41am 8/05/14 10:41am

Billy Beane Predicts Baseball's Future

A's GM Billy Beane has what amounts to a written TED Talk in today's Wall Street Journal. It's always worth paying attention to him when he's talking about advances in baseball, but this is Beane at his most expansive: Making bold (if general) pronouncements about how analytics and technology are going to change not… » 7/08/14 6:39pm 7/08/14 6:39pm

How Josh Donaldson Became One Of The Best Players In Baseball

If I asked you to name the player who has accumulated the second-most WAR over the last calendar year, you'd probably flip a coin in your head to decide between Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera. Or maybe you'd get a little creative, and name Yasiel Puig or Andrew McCutchen. One guy who probably wouldn't immediately pop… » 6/03/14 4:13pm 6/03/14 4:13pm

Sonny Gray Fields Liner Off First Base For The Easy Out

Here's a fun thing that happened in yesterday's Mariners-A's game that I don't think I've ever seen before. Kyle Seager lashed a Sonny Gray pitch down the first-base line, only to see his would-be double carom off the base and right into Gray's glove, who was jogging over to cover first on his way to what became an… » 4/07/14 11:50am 4/07/14 11:50am