Moneyball Is.. Money…

I was wrong about Moneyball. I thought it unlikely that anyone who’s not a baseball fan would be very interested in stats, on-base percentage and the Oakland A’s.  But sure enough, it’s scoring big box office numbers… and as baseball movies go, it’s got plenty of mainstream appeal. But Moneyball is not just about baseball is it?  It’s for anybody who’s ever dreamed of taking on the big guys, of challenging the way things are…  and it’s about believing in yourself.  I loved this movie.  Finding undervalued players is at the core of the story.  And I was wondering if there’s a sabermetrics for offensive linemen?  I mean the 49ers could use some help there…

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September 30, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Tom Nakashima's Blog | No comment

A’s Will Open 2012 Season in Japan

If you’re an Oakland A’s fan, are you happy that the A’s could start out sluggish after a trip to Japan? I know it’s nice to get exposure, but not when you have a lot of work to do. The other concern is whether Hideki Matsui will even be on the roster. In fact, many players might be out including Josh Willingham and Coco Crisp.

Look for it against Seattle at the Tokyo Dome on March 28 and 29th.

September 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Hideki Matsui Clears Waivers For the A’s

If you’re the Oakland A’s do you try to rid yourself of one of the hottest players in baseball? If he’s 37 and a free agent after the year, and your team is going nowhere, then the answer is yes.

Hideki Matsui has cleared waivers, so it looks like the A’s may look for a trade. Will anybody be buying? 

August 15, 2011 at 11:25 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Oakland A’s Hire Former Player/Manager Phil Garner as Special Advisor

Phil Garner, who started his baseball career as a player for the Oakland A’s, has now been hired as a special assistant. He will be in uniform tonight and be a part of the team for several games this season. He also managed for 16 years, and many on twitter have wondered whether this is a backup plan for Bob Melvin. Kind of like how the Raiders hired Hue Jackson behind Tom Cable. Stay tuned.

August 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

A’s fire Bob Geren

You had to see this coming. The Oakland Athletics have parted ways with manager Bob geren, and not a moment too soon. When you look at the fan base on Twitter frequently using the #firebobgeren hashtag, you’re likely going to be gone soon.

The time came after the public dispute with reliever Brian Fuentes. He lost the team from that moment forward. Believe me, players read things, hear sports talk radio and see the tweets, or someone informs them. When everyone was calling Geren’s leadership into question, they could have fired him then, two weeks ago. Add in a string of losses to the Red Sox and Yankees, and you’re just piling on.

Bob Melvin now enters the picture, who has nearly a .500 record in his career as a manager.

June 9, 2011 at 9:54 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Billy Beane Tells Suzuki To Not Take Hit At The Plate

Oakland Athletics GM Billy Beane has decided to tell his catcher, Kurt Suzuki to handle things differently at home plate. Instead of risking injury ala Buster Posey, he told Suzuki to avoid it by using the sweep tag. He told ESPN, “‘I don’t want you planting yourself in front of the plate waiting to get creamed. You’re an athletic catcher — be athletic.'”

You have to wonder how may other GM’s went out and told their players this, and whether it’s right or wrong. Fans want a rule change, but it seems a lot of players say it’s part of the game. It will be interesting to see what that looks like next time Suzuki is put in that position.

June 1, 2011 at 11:04 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

A’s Dallas Braden Out/Tyson Ross In

Obviously, having Dallas Braden out hurts the dominant Oakland A’s pitching staff. However, with a guy like Tyson Ross coming in, things might work out ok.

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May 11, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

The A’s Looking at The Giants Formula For Success

When the San Francisco Giants went out and got Aubrey Huff, Pat Burrell, Cody Ross and succeeded, it raised many eyebrows. That goes for the Oakland A’s as well, who did their own version of that in the offseason. They signed Hideki Matsui, David DeJesus and Josh Willingham. With the talent that they have on their young pitching staff, and additions in the bullpen, the A’s are a contender in the AL West.

USA Today has the full story.

March 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

A’s Owner Waits To Move Team To San Jose

Lew Wolff, the Oakland A’s owner says he has a place in mind for the new A’s stadium in San Jose. The delay-waiting for the last couple of years for commissioner Bud Selig to give the ok. Even if that happens, it doesn’t guarantee anything, as the San Francisco Giants hold territorial rights. There could be years of litigation if Selig gives the ok.

March 7, 2011 at 11:10 am | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

Brian Fuentes Deal Is Done With the A’s

The A’s have officially landed four-time All-Star Brian Fuentes. The deal is said to be for two years at $10 million.

Fuentes has been solid throughout his career. He is great in pressure situations, and has a nice fastball. Being a lefty, he also is very good at holding runners on. He’s held batters to a .209 average or lower in four of the last five seasons.

January 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Derek Moore's Blog | No comment

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