Bert Campaneris blazed his way on the basepaths for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 9:52 pm

Righty swinging SS Bert Campaneris used his speed to help the Oakland A’s win three World Series Championships (1972, 1973 and 1974) in his 13 years with the team!  He played in 1,795 games in his 13 years with the Kansas City/Oakland A’s and he was 1,882 of 7,180 (.262 avg, .662 OPS) with 983 runs scored, 70 homers, 529 RBIs and 566 stolen bases.  Campaneris had his best season with the A’s in 1970 when he played in 147 games in which he was 168 of 603 (.279 avg, .769 OPS) with 97 runs scored, 22 homers, 64 RBIs and 42 stolen bases.  He finished #24 in the MVP voting in 1970, which was the only year in his Major League career that he hit more than 8 homers!  Campaneris was an All-Star five times for the A’s.  He had 7 years where he stole at least 51 bases while with the A’s.  He led the American League in steals six times and he led the Major Leagues in steals twice in his time with the A’s!  Campaneris played in 36 games in the post-season for the A’s and he was 35 of 144 (.243 avg, .638 OPS) with 15 runs scored, 3 homers, 11 RBIs and 10 stolen bases.  In the three World Series the A’s won in 1972, 1973 and 1974….Campaneris played in 19 games in which he was 20 for 76 (.263 avg, .664 OPS) with 8 runs scored, 1 homer, 5 RBIs and 4 stolen bases!  Campaneris is the A’s all-time leader in both games played (1,795) and hits (1,882)!  He is also still #3 in runs scored (983), #10 in doubles (270), #12 in triples (70), #44 in homers (70), #27 in RBIs (529), #19 in walks (504) and #2 in stolen bases (566) behind only Rickey Henderson!

Fernando Rodriguez is looking good so far for the Oakland A’s in 2016

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Saturday 28 May 2016 at 11:25 am

31-year old righty reliever Fernando Rodriguez is off to a good start in 2016 for the Oakland A’s.  He has pitched in 19 games (0 starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.  He has only given up 16 hits and 9 walks while whiffing 26 batters in his first 25 2/3 for the A’s this year.  Rodriguez has now pitched in 82 games (0 starts) in his first three years with the A’s and he is 6-2 with a 3.09 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s have activated Josh Phegley off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Friday 27 May 2016 at 5:22 pm

The Oakland A’s have activated 28-year old righty swinging catcher Josh Phegley off the D.L.  Phegley will go back to platooning with Stephen Vogt behind the plate for the A’s.  Phegley has played in 13 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 10 for 37 (.270 avg, .632 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers and 3 RBIs.  He has now played in 86 games in his first two years with the A’s and he is 66 of 262 (.252 avg, .733 OPS) with 31 runs scored, 9 homers and 37 RBIs.  The A’s have sent 31-year old righty swinging C/1B Matt McBride back to AAA.  He has played in 8 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 4 for 18 (.222 avg, .541 OPS) with 1 run scored, 0 homers and 1 RBI.

The Oakland A’s have activated Jed Lowrie off the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 12:26 pm

The Oakland A’s have activated 32-year old switch-hitting 2B Jed Lowrie off the D.L.  Lowrie has played in 32 games so far this year for the A’s and he is 35 of 116 (.302 avg, .686 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 0 homers and 17 RBIs.  Lowrie has now played in 322 games in his first three years with the A’s and he is 335 of 1,221 (.274 avg, .733 OPS) with 149 runs scored, 21 homers, 142 RBIs and 1 stolen base.  The A’s have to be glad that Lowrie is back, as he has been very effective for them offensively so far this year.

The Oakland A’s will call up Zach Neal on Wednesday

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Minors by joelapinski on Monday 23 May 2016 at 10:54 pm

The Oakland A’s will call up 27-year old righty starting pitcher Zach Neal on Wednesday and he will get the first shot to replace Sonny Gray in the starting rotation.  Neal has pitched in 7 games (all starts) in AAA-ball so far this year for the A’s and he is 5-1 with a 2.53 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP.  He has given up 36 hits and 4 walks while whiffing 21 batters in his first 42 2/3 innings in the minors.  Neal has pitched in 1 game out of the pen for the A’s so far this year and he is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.

The Oakland A’s place Sonny Gray on the D.L.

Blogged under Arrivals & Departures,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 11:47 am

The Oakland A’s have placed 26-year old righty starting pitcher Sonny Gray on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 21st due to a strained right trapezius muscle.  Gray has pitched in 9 games (all starts) for the A’s so far this year and he is 3-5 with a 6.19 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP.  He has given up 55 hits (8 homers) and 24 walks while whiffing 41 batters in his first 48 innings, so he has getting hit hard this year.  He also has a Major League leading 9 wild pitches, which isn’t like him.  The A’s have called up 26-year old lefty reliever Daniel Coulombe to replace Gray on the pitching staff for now.  He pitched in 1 game (out of the pen) for the A’s earlier this year and he was 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA and a 2.50 WHIP.  He has now pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the A’s and he is 0-0 with a 5.59 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.  The A’s hope that Gray won’t be out too long.

Rich Hill is rewarding the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Throwing Well by joelapinski on Sunday 22 May 2016 at 10:04 am

When the Oakland A’s signed 36-year old lefty starting pitcher Rich Hill to a 1-year, $6 million dollar deal…..it raised a lot of eyebrows around the league.  But, Hill is rewarding the A’s so far this year as he is pitching great.  Hill has pitched in 9 games (all starts) so far this year for the A’s and he is 6-3 with a 2.54 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  Hill has only given up 35 hits and 21 walks while whiffing 59 batters in his first 49 2/3 innings this year.  He has now pitched in 13 games (all starts) in his last two years in the show and he is 8-4 with a 2.17 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP!  Those are amazing numbers for Hill, as he is surging to excellence late in his career.  He has now pitched in 210 games (83 starts) in his first 12 years in the show and he is 32-26 with a 4.36 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP.  The A’s hope that Hill can keep up the good work!

The Oakland A’s are going to need more out of Coco Crisp

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,In Need of a Slumpbuster by joelapinski on Friday 20 May 2016 at 9:24 am

With Josh Reddick out for the next 4-6 weeks, it would be nice if 36-year old switch-hitting outfielder Coco Crisp could step up his game.  Crisp has played in 32 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 27 of 115 (.235 avg, .702 OPS) with 18 runs scored, 3 homers, 13 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has now played in 76 games in his last two years and he is 49 of 241 (.203 avg) with 29 runs scored, 3 homers, 19 RBIs and 6 stolen bases.  He has been dealing with neck issues the last couple of years, so it’s doubtful that he can start full time.  The A’s just hope that he can start hitting like he used to when he first got to Oakland.

The Oakland A’s lose Josh Reddick for a while

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by joelapinski on Friday 20 May 2016 at 9:17 am

29-year old lefty swinging RF Josh Reddick fractured his left thumb in last night’s game and he will miss the next 4-6 weeks.  This is a HUGE blow for the Oakland A’s!  Reddick has played in 41 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 47 of 146 (.322 avg, .860 OPS) with 21 runs scored, 5 homers, 18 RBIs and 4 stolen bases.  He has played in 569 games in his first five years with the A’s and he is 521 of 2,031 (.257 avg, .762 OPS) with 280 runs scored, 81 homers, 290 RBIs and 35 stolen bases.  The A’s are going to miss Reddick’s bat and his aggressive play!

Khris Davis brought his whopping stick with him last night for the Oakland A’s

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Outstanding Performances,Playing Well by joelapinski on Wednesday 18 May 2016 at 2:55 pm

28-year old righty swinging outfielder Khris Davis brought his whooping stick with him last night for the Oakland A’s!  Davis was 3 for 5 with 3 runs scored, 3 homers and 6 RBIs in the A’s 8-5 win over the Texas Rangers.  He hit a walkoff grand slam off of Rangers’ then closer (he has been replaced by Sam Dyson) Shawn Tolleson.  His other two homers were solo blasts off of Cole Hamels.  So that was some very impressive work!  Davis has now played in 37 games for the A’s so far this year and he is 33 of 145 (.228 avg, .746 OPS) with 16 runs scored, 11 homers and 28 RBIs.  He is leading the A’s in both homers (11) and RBIs (28) so far this year.  He is also tied for 3rd in runs scored (16) on the A’s.  He has only walked 3 times while whiffing 38 times so far this year for the A’s, but they will put up with that in return for the power that he provides!

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