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Remember, Folks: Hating The Kansas City Royals Is Natural

Remember, Folks: Hating The Kansas City Royals Is Natural

As Kansas City fans celebrate their beloved Royals returning to the “postseason” — if tonight’s AL Wild Card Game qualifies as such, that is — the rest of us must take it upon ourselves to celebrate the magnificent douchebags that so populate their roster. Let’s begin with tonight’s starting pitcher: “Big Game” James Shields, or, as...
How Eric Sogard Made History

How Eric Sogard Made History

Photo credit: Keith Allison Last Saturday’s Athletics vs. Twins game turned out just about as everyone expected, with Oakland winning the game 9-4 in what was a noncompetitive contest after the 5th inning. Minnesota chose to debut their #8 prospect, starting pitcher Trevor May, in a road game during a lost season against a team...
Sonny Gray, Perfecting What Works

Sonny Gray, Perfecting What Works

Tip: Click on any acronyms for an explanation in the FanGraphs glossary of terms. With his final turn in the rotation for July completed, we’ve now had almost exactly one full year of Sonny Gray – one year of the 24-year-old starting pitcher, the up-and-coming staff ace, the dueler of Playoff Verlanders. In that year,...
HE DID IT AGAIN: Yoenis Cespedes Offers Ridiculously Uncanny Reenactment of Throw

HE DID IT AGAIN: Yoenis Cespedes Offers Ridiculously Uncanny Reenactment of Throw

While most normal human beings on the east coast were in bed, three separate A’s fans contacted me via Facebook or text message with a common refrain: he did it again. There was no need for explanation. It could only mean one thing: Yoenis Cespedes misplayed a ball and subsequently recovered to throw a laser-beam back...
Botched Routine Play, 300-Foot Throw By Yoenis Cespedes Really Sums It Up

Botched Routine Play, 300-Foot Throw By Yoenis Cespedes Really Sums It Up

If you ever have to characterize Yoenis Cespedes in thirty seconds or fewer, there now exists a video that will do it for you: Your browser does not support iframes. “Oh, a ball hit toward me, better go get it… okay, field it… (off his glove)… shit, it went behind me, better go walk over there and...
Josh Donaldson vs. The Elite

Josh Donaldson vs. The Elite

Photo Adapted from Keith Allison Tip: Don’t understand an acronym? Just click on it and it will take you to the corresponding Fangraphs glossary of terms. Watching the final game of the Yankees – A’s series last week, which featured one of the game’s finest pitchers in Masahiro Tanaka, I had a thought during Josh Donaldson’s...
A Taste Of Jonah Keri Driving Me Fucking Nuts

A Taste Of Jonah Keri Driving Me Fucking Nuts

Jonah Keri has found a special place in my heart with his power rankings that seem to highlight different teams without rhyme nor reason. This week, he highlighted the Cardinals and Astros, and ranked them 5th and 30th, respectively. I’m not here to gripe about where those teams were ranked, or the fact that Keri...
All The Possible Reasons Why Albert Pujols Untucked Bartolo Colon's Jersey

All The Possible Reasons Why Albert Pujols Untucked Bartolo Colon’s Jersey

If you missed Bartolo Colon and Albert Pujols’ exchange last night, you missed a dandy. In Major League Baseball, we’re used to headlines about different kinds of interactions that take place between hitters and pitchers, the kind of interaction that Carlos Quentin and Zack Grienke have. It’s a funny thing, because baseball players generally seem...
We Would Like to Thank the Giants & Homer Bailey for the Dominono

We Would Like to Thank the Giants & Homer Bailey for the Dominono

Lil RoRo: Question: Is Dominos pizza worth eating, even if it’s free? Before tonight, I would have said that’s an easy yes. After tonight, I’m really not so sure. Let me set it up for you: when a no hitter is thrown, Dominos gives the first 10,000 subscribers to MLB.tv who answer some newfangled email...
I Was Kicked Out of an Oakland A's Game for Drinking the Official Beer of the Oakland A's

I Was Kicked Out of an Oakland A’s Game for Drinking the Official Beer of the Oakland A’s

It was hot today. Maybe I don’t need to tell you that, because it’s summertime, and you were probably hot too. Maybe hot enough to drink an ice cold beverage, like a frozen juicebox, a can of Coke, or hell, you deserve it – an all American marketed macrobrew owned by a Canadian company. You’ve...
Jose Valverde Designated For Assignment, But is the World a Better Place?

Jose Valverde Designated For Assignment, But is the World a Better Place?

Anybody who has ever watched Jose Valverde pitch knows that he is a grade-a, cold-blooded clown. I see this Tigers fan at work most days, and every time I see him he throws his head back in pain, and whispers, “Valverde!” to the ceiling. Mind you, Valverde might have saved a game on three pitches...
Fantasy Kryptonite: Chris Young

Fantasy Kryptonite: Chris Young

There’s a point in every fantasy draft where you select someone way too high for their value, or bid way too much money for them because you believe that this year, this goddamned year, the dude is going to bust out and rake his way to fantasy gold. This continues year after year with the...