Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics

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So Oakland Athletics are coming off of consecutive AL West championships but they have not managed to progress beyond the divisional series games on both occasions. Moreover, for a team that are third in World Series standings (behind the Yankees and the Cardinals), you could easily argue that they've not lived up to their billing in the last 25 years.
However, this campaign could be the one to break that trend. The Oakland Athletics forged by general manager Billy Beane is looking very balanced with strength and depth at every position, a great looking youth rotation and potentially the most capable bullpen in Major League Baseball.

As far as off season trades go, Oakland Athletics have been rather active. Some of their key signings have been Scott Kazmir, Jim Johnson, Eric O'Flaherty and Fernando Abad; with Bartolo Colon, Grant Balfour, Kurt Suzuki, Jerry Blevins and others making their way from the Coliseum. Even now, the Oakland Athletics rumor mill is buzzing with potential, high-profile free-agent acquisitions, and though they Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Ticketsare not traditionally a high spending team do not rule out any more additions to this squad.

Additionally, under manager Bob Melvin, Oakland Athletics have a largely settled coaching staff so you would expect them to be able to maintain and build on the work of the last two years during preseason training and finally have an impact on the post season.

All that said, there are still things that could scupper the 2014 season for Oakland Athletics. Firstly, they need to keep injuries to their starting rotation to a minimum; for example Scott Kazmir does have a significant injury history, if he is out then it pushes inexperienced players into the starting berth. Oakland Athletics also need to support Brandon Moss; when he fires they can overcome substandard pitching but when he's not on song, such as in the last two play offs, it does put a lot of pressure on others to step up their game and that has not happened in the last two years.

The Oakland Athletics are World Series contenders on paper, however, can they put that into practice on the diamond?

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Events Near Woodbridge, NJ
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Event Date/Time Venue/City  
New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics Jul 7, 2015
Tue 7:05PM
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics Jul 8, 2015
Wed 7:05PM
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY
New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics Jul 9, 2015
Thu 1:05PM
Yankee Stadium
Bronx, NY




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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants Mar 3, 2015
Tue 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics Mar 4, 2015
Wed 1:05PM
Scottsdale Stadium
Scottsdale, AZ
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Spring Training: Chicago Cubs vs. Oakland Athletics (SS) Mar 5, 2015
Thu TBA
Cubs Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Oakland Athletics Mar 6, 2015
Fri 1:10PM
Salt River Fields
Scottsdale, AZ
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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Mar 7, 2015
Sat 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago White Sox Mar 8, 2015
Sun 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Texas Rangers vs. Oakland Athletics Mar 9, 2015
Mon 1:05PM
Surprise Stadium
Surprise, AZ
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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Mar 10, 2015
Tue 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. Cleveland Indians Mar 11, 2015
Wed 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners Mar 12, 2015
Thu 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics Mar 13, 2015
Fri 1:05PM
Surprise Stadium
Surprise, AZ
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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. San Francisco Giants Mar 14, 2015
Sat 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Oakland Athletics (SS) Mar 15, 2015
Sun 1:05PM
Maryvale Sports Park
Phoenix, AZ
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Spring Training: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Oakland Athletics Mar 16, 2015
Mon 1:05PM
Camelback Ranch Stadium
Phoenix, AZ
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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. San Diego Padres Mar 17, 2015
Tue 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Seattle Mariners vs. Oakland Athletics Mar 18, 2015
Wed 1:05PM
Peoria Stadium
Peoria, AZ
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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. Los Angeles Dodgers Mar 20, 2015
Fri 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. Cincinnati Reds Mar 21, 2015
Sat 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Cincinnati Reds vs. Oakland Athletics Mar 22, 2015
Sun 1:05PM
Goodyear Ballpark
Goodyear, AZ
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Spring Training: Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland Athletics Mar 23, 2015
Mon 1:05PM
Goodyear Ballpark
Goodyear, AZ
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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. Chicago Cubs Mar 24, 2015
Tue 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Oakland Athletics Mar 25, 2015
Wed 1:05PM
Maryvale Sports Park
Phoenix, AZ
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Spring Training: San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics Mar 26, 2015
Thu 7:05PM
Scottsdale Stadium
Scottsdale, AZ
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Spring Training: Oakland Athletics vs. Texas Rangers Mar 27, 2015
Fri 1:05PM
Hohokam Park
Mesa, AZ
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Spring Training: Chicago White Sox vs. Oakland Athletics Mar 28, 2015
Sat 1:05PM
Camelback Ranch Stadium
Phoenix, AZ
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Oakland Athletics Tickets

The Oakland Athletics are one of the oldest baseball franchises in the American League. The team started playing back at the turn of the century, the 20th century. The A’s then played in Philadelphia, where they had moments of greatness over the first half century. They won five World Series and lost three, though these moments came between long stretches of last place finishes and 100-plus loss seasons.

The Athletics took advantage of the MLB effort to move west by the time the club felt it had used up all the good will in the city of Philadelphia, moving to Kansas City. The move to K.C. did not change the makeup of the roster and the baseball team continued its struggle.

The A’s did not return to glory until another move westward, this time to Oakland. The club had Vida Blue and Catfish Hunter on the mound in the 1970s. Both were Cy Young Award winners. In addition, Oakland had Reggie Jackson, who won an MVP with the team. Overall, the club played in five consecutive postseasons that decade, including a stretch in which they won three straight World Series.

A decade later, Oakland had put together an impressive roster. Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire were the Bash Brothers; Ricky Henderson was a speedster, part-time slugger, and MVP candidate; and pitchers Bob Welch, Dennis Eckersley, and Dave Stewart were mainstays on the mound. Together, these players played in three consecutive World Series, winning one in 1989.

The economics of baseball meant that a club playing in such a small market could not retain the services of these players. Eventually General Manager Billy Beane took a new approach to the front office game and sought high OBP players that came cheap. This fit with the budget constraints and the team contended in the AL West to begin the 21st century. The A’s have yet to return to the World Series, but they continue to put together strong teams built to challenge.

 


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