It’s good news that “Moneyball” is reminding people that the A’s were a record-setting playoff team before being bought by Lew Wolff and John Fisher. But the idea that Billy Beane was blazing a new trail that others have copied is nonsense. Read More
When asked what actor portrays him in the upcoming film “Moneyball,” Casey Chavez lets out a resounding laugh.There were no casting calls for a bullpen catcher in the movie that features Brad Pitt as A’s general manager Billy Beane.
On the baseball field, however, the bullpen catcher plays a vital role.
“My main job is to get the guys to hit the mound ready,” Chavez said. “From the second inning on, usually we’re on call. When the phone rings it’s go time.” Read More
Who is the worst owner in modern Bay Area sports history? The A’s Lew Wolff.
Others might nominate John York, who took the 49ers from Super Bowls to also-rans, but York was at least trying, and he’s turned the team over to his son, Jed, who has made a coaching hire with Jim Harbaugh that should turn the team around. Read More
The A’s have the best pitching in the majors, with an ERA a half-run lower than the Giants, but inconsistent hitting has kept them mired around .500. Since a big trade is highly unlikely, here are two suggestions to improve their hitting with the current roster:
- Quit trying to pretend that Daric Barton is a major league first baseman. Read More
The Bay Area blues: The Warriors can’t catch a break. The A’s can’t catch on. The Giants can’t catch a ground ball — or if they do, can’t throw it properly to first base.
Dare we mention the Sharks, who until proven differently, remain the only major league franchise in the region yet to win their sport’s championship? Read More
Fans have always been convinced they know exactly how to improve their teams, and they express their views in emails and blogs.
Right now, I’m being besieged by A’s fans who bemoan their team’s lack of hitting. One suggested they should pick up Milton Bradley, just released by the Seattle Mariners. Read More
At least A’s manager Bob Geren hasn’t felt the need to say of his team, “We’re awful,” which is specifically what Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of his team’s offense of late, even though they are not.
What they are is disappointing. So are the A’s. Read More
In many ways, the A’s offseason makeover is eerily similar to the Giants’ 2010 transformation. San Francisco jump-started a sagging offense last year with the additions of veterans Aubrey Huff, Cody Ross and Pat Burrell. Read More
It was a preview of summer in the heat of spring, baseball that didn’t mean a great deal, such as who won or lost, but to players seeking perfection and capacity crowd of 8,330 seeking a day in the sun it meant a great deal. Read More
Spring training is still two months away, but there was much talk of the playoffs as the A’s held a media day Thursday.
“After four years in Florida and two in Washington, where there was never any serious thought about contending, it’s nice to come to a team that has a chance to win something,” said outfielder Josh Willingham, who signed as a free agent in the offseason. Read More