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

Eckersley And Canseco Nearly Fought After The World Series Earthquake

Grantland has a fantastic and extensive oral history of 1989's earthquake-interrupted World Series, which includes memories from players, fans, politicians, and reporters. But the single most terrifying anecdote comes from a poor stadium worker who had just climbed a ladder up to Candlestick Park's light towers when… » 10/23/13 11:28am 10/23/13 11:28am

Why Did MLB Pull This Pro-Oakland Promo?

You're watching "This Is Oakland," narrated by legendary PA announcer Roy Steele—"the Voice of God." It was released last week to get A's fans hyped for the playoffs, and just as quickly deleted. It was not aired in-stadium as planned. Why don't MLB or the A's want you to see this pro-Oakland, pro-Coliseum video? » 10/10/13 3:41pm 10/10/13 3:41pm

Cool Chart: A's Skipper Bob Melvin Is The King Of Platoons

Over at Sports on Earth, Jack Moore created this great graphic to demonstrate just how crazy A's manager Bob Melvin is about platoons. The green rectangles represent consecutive games in which the same hitter held the same spot in the batting order, with blanks showing a change from the previous game. Coco Crisp was… » 10/10/13 10:01am 10/10/13 10:01am