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  • joined Feb 12, 2008
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shoulda's and the art of the agile A's

Some of the most heart-wrenching diaries are when people compare our old favorites and come up with alternate histories where they get to stay and players currently in our dog house leave. The...

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a new A's fan

A new A's fan was born on June 6th, 2005. Her name is Hope and she is a charming little sleeping and eating machine. I look forward to Maya and Hope having a playdate at AN Reloaded. I invite any...

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Wash and the Fielders Who Love Him

You know, this is a fun team to pull for. There are a lot of good figures on it, and Wash is someone most of us are torn about. Basically, he's done so much for the team and he deserves a shot at...

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reality check: same time last year

Our A's look like they'll never win another game all year. They have been putrid except for some pitching and fielding, but even the fielding has blown games for us.  But enough of that. I was...

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Joe, Billy and what 'moneyball' means

Joe Morgan and others love to attack Beane, who as we all know wrote every word of 'Moneyball'. People then get into a big fuss over whether the Red Sox and Dodgers are really playing moneyball. So...

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No big trade in May: compare little Giambi trade

Watching the A's this season has been like one of those dreams when you fall down and can't get up.  One more key hit could have changed 10 games.  Thus, people are starting to wonder, will Beane...

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is it safe to be an optimist yet?

Somehow someway we are still tied with everyone else for 1st in the division despite the fact that our offense has been the worst in the league all year.  Our offense can only go up from here......

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All hail Richard IV

Let's sit back for a second. Maybe it's because I couldn't watch the game that I'm feeling optimistic, or maybe it's seeing the collective extreme trauma of the Athletics Nation. But let's reflect. ...

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all-positive vibes diary

Okay, people who want to worry can skip to the next diary. Here are the things I'm thankful for. somehow, we are right in the race for 1st, even though our offense is last in the league Harden has...

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review of 1-0 Angels game

A detailed review of the Swish on his knees high-fiving Kotsay game is at http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/game-in-review-angels-vs-the-as/ One big sabermetric mantra is that a runner on...

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cautious optimism

The best part about that game was the way the team kept fighting. We managed to win without any contribution from Chavy and Ruby. Lots of nice two-out hitting.  Kotsay, Kendell and Scooter had all...

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report from opening day

Opening day!  We went and froze our butts off in the chilly tundra of the upper deck, Sec 315.   First the good. Street looked sharp and great. Cruz actually didn't pitch THAT badly, except for...

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Hints for Phoenix trip Feb 24 - Feb 27?

Hey folks. Well, I'll be at a conference in Phoenix between Feb 24 and Feb 27. Argh, just missing spring training squad games.  My wife (huge A's fan) is going with me, and she'll have lots of...

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a challenge for Macha haters

Ah, the good old game of armchair managing. A manager can't win. Any decision he makes that goes bad (name one of a zillion), he gets the blame, when in fact maybe every possible decision would...

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Moneyball in football?

Part of the story of Moneyball is the clash between old-school, instinctive, subjective analysts and their culture and the statistical, more-objective analysts. It's interesting to see the same...

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The Duke: Bullpen MVP?

A fascinating article for baseball geeks at Hardball Times: http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/article/ranking-the-relievers/ They rank relievers according to win probability change from entrance to...

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Byrnes, Capt. America!

He is one fun guy, and a good role model for effort, daring and goodwill.  I will miss him if he goes. However. I don't...

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Wolff: No Move

Unless he's lying (why would he?), I guess this means he's going to push hard for a baseball stadium in the parking lot. T...

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Types of A's fans and a SJ Move

There has been a lot of heated argument in the comments about how a REAL A's fan feels about the move. A team move cuts so deep to what it means to be a fan of a team, that some people need to...

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Yanks give Johnson 2-yr $32M extension.

They're betting a good chunk of money that RJ's staying healthy... (on...

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Go, Billy, go! (plus: Injuries, the new Moneyball?)

Okay, I'm the only person on this site who's excited by the trades, huh?  The fact is that last year there was a significant gap between the A's and the BoSox and Yankees. Even if we had added a...

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Pavano to the Yanks

Let the dominoes start falling and the real Huddy deals begin.

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Expos and the A's

To Dick Williams:   (Does any non-expos fan get the joke of his name?) dude!  I might have been the other Expos fan you saw at Shea!  I grew up in NYC, liked the Mets and couldn't root for the...

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one eye on the playoffs, one eye on the future

The A's are having an exasperating September, but part of it is due to our playing dynamite teams. Seattle's young guys are looking pretty good and Ichiro has gone insane. Texas has always been...

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