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  • joined Feb 12, 2008
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Before I decided to become a full-time teacher and counselor, my career was in play-by-play broadcasting, which included serving as a radio voice for A's Spring Training games (1987-91) and A's minor leagues games in Medford (1991-94).

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A Process That Is Not Appealing

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So today suspension(s) will be handed down in the case of Manny Machado vs. The Reality The Rest Of Us Are Experiencing. And then will come a circus known as the appeals process.

Some Quick Clarification Around Language/Images

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We have a lot of relatively new readers and commenters finding AN these days, which means it behooves us to clarify policies now and again. I want to address an issue, and explain the reasoning,...

Game #62: Unusual & Usual Suspects Let A's Down

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For some of the guys who have gotten the A's to 38 wins -- for example Sonny Gray and Josh Donaldson -- it just wasn't really their night. And for some of the guys who have gotten the A's to, now,...

Game Thread #62: A's at O's (3)

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'Tis not going so well these days, with the Orioles leading 6-1 after 6 innings. But ... it ain't over yet!

Game Thread #62: A's at O's (2)

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1-1 after 3 innings as the teams have traded solo HRs from Adam Jones and Covelli Crisp.

Game Thread #62: A's at O's

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You know how when you get a new toy you just want to play with it all the time? This morning I finally learned how to use what AN is calling "the sarcasm font" and now I just want to use it...

Game #55: A's slam, rain their way to 9-5 win

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It never hurts when, four batters into the 1st inning, you have a 4-0 lead. It was that kind of a night for Garrett Richards, who came in with a 4-1 record and 3.00 ERA but couldn't get out of the 1st inning...

Game Thread #55: A's vs. Angels (3)

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The moral of the story today is: Never stop adding on! It's 9-5 A's but there's still a lot of baseball left...Going to the bottom of the 6th...

Game Thread #55: A's vs. Angels (2)

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I think it's fair to say that things are going well. Moss has a grand slam, Richards is out after 2/3 of an inning, and the A's lead 6-0 after 2 innings. Let the good times roll.

Game Thread #55: A's vs. Angels

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With the A's jumping out of the gate fast, winning 11 of 12 at one point, and the Texas Rangers piling up injuries faster than a speeding train wreck, this was supposed to be the year Oakland...

Diary Of A Wimpy Adult: My You're-A-Peein' Trip

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So as most of you know, I am winding down a 2-week trip with my mom through Amsterdam, Geneva, and Italy, in celebration of my mom's 80th birthday. This being a baseball site, there will be few references to baseball in this post...

Is it time to shift our worry to another rival?

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Injuries are a huge part of the game these days, to where division races almost seem to be wars of attrition alone. The Texas Rangers, highly competitive on paper, now have a better rotation on the disabled list than they can put on the mound...

Many interesting options for 5/7 doubleheader

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Here's the forecast for Wednesday, Clay, and I think you can count on this one: Lots of baseball. Due to the April 4th game that was canceled on account of "too perfect game time weather," the A's and Mariners have a double-header on Wednesday...

How replay SHOULD work, and why

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If you read Athletics Nation, you probably know that I'm not a fan of instant replay in baseball. However, replay is here and likely here to stay and so today I will make the case for how it should...

Game #30: Milone Serves Up Grand Slam Breakfast

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If we had known how utterly dominant Jon Lester was going to be -- 8 shutout innings, 1 hit, and a career high 15 Ks -- we would have figured the Red Sox could make do with any one of the 3 booming...

Game Thread #30: A's at Boston

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So far this year, the A's have won exactly one game started by Dan Straily. Tommy Milone is jealous. Though Milone has actually pitched very well in most of his starts Oakland is 0-5 behind Milone,...

How Bob Melvin can best leverage his bullpen

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First off, folks should stop being so hard on Bob Melvin's bullpen use. He has had not one, not two, but three very good relievers struggle unexpectedly. First Jim Johnson, then Luke Gregerson,...

Game #25: Gavin McLeod bests A's, Milone 5-1

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Cleverly backing up one belt-high hanging slider to Josh Donaldson with another one (because apparently that's how you strike A's hitters out today), Collin McHugh came within one out of a complete game shutout. And I want 3 hours of my life back.

Game Thread #25: A's at Houston (2)

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RALLY THREAD!!!! That is all.

Game Thread #25: A's at Houston

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When playing a 4-game series against the Houston Astros, the difference between winning 3 out of 4 or splitting the series is roughly the difference between "hey, it was a good series" and having a...

Lowrie, Melvin response was most powerful of all

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Here's my take on the way the A's reacted when Jed Lowrie was finally plunked by Paul Clemens -- on the third try that spanned a week of failed efforts to finally throw a ball that Lowrie couldn't dodge...

Fans can be overly seduced by "one great season"

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Ask Katrina And The Waves and they'll tell you that you can be walking on sunshine one year only to toil in obscurity thereafter. Without looking it up, can you name another Katrina And The Waves song?

Game #13: Jaso Saves The Day With Pinch-Hit Homer

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For 8 innings it looked like it was Albert Pujols' day, and just a "night of frustration" for the A's hitters. But with one mighty swing off the bench, pinch-hitter John Jaso blasted a "no-doubt"...

Game Thread #13: A's at Angels (3)

Jesse Chavez is dealing now, and through 6 IP it's 2-1 Angels...

Game Thread #13: A's at Angels (2)

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2-0 Angels after 3 innings, both runs driven in by Albert Pujols...

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