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08-15

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The View from the Loge Level: The Mentors Behind the Managers
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Daron Sutton

08-02

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Trade Deadline
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Sam Miller and Tim Collins

07-31

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Transaction Analysis: A's hire A's
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

07-22

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Notes About Baseball, 7/22
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Rocco DeMaro

07-07

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Transaction Analysis: Billy Beane Buys What the Cubs Are Selling
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R.J. Anderson, Ron Shah, Jason Parks, Bret Sayre and Mauricio Rubio

07-02

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What You Need to Know: The A's Get Rick-Rolled
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Chris Mosch

06-23

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Transaction Analysis: The Exception to the Raul
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R.J. Anderson

06-18

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What You Need to Know: Can't Retire the Royals
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Daniel Rathman, Nick Bacarella and Chris Mosch

06-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 466: The Battle for Bay Area Supremacy
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/9
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Daniel Rathman

05-27

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Painting the Black: Rebuilding a Right Way
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R.J. Anderson

05-19

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Transaction Analysis: Billy's Blanks
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R.J. Anderson

05-12

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Transaction Analysis: Call Milone
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R.J. Anderson

05-06

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Baseball Therapy: Is Oakland's Run Differential for Real?
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Russell A. Carleton

04-07

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 422: Is Oakland's Ballpark an Embarrassment to Baseball?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

03-28

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Prospectus Preview: AL West 2014 Preseason Preview
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R.J. Anderson and Jason Wojciechowski

03-26

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Transaction Analysis: Dombrowski Gone Wild
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R.J. Anderson

03-19

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Rumor Roundup: Filling First Base
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Daniel Rathman

03-18

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 408: 2014 Season Preview Series: Oakland Athletics
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

03-05

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Transaction Analysis: Orioles Sign Flimsy Johan
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R.J. Anderson

01-27

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Baseball Therapy: Why Are Smart Teams Spending Money on Relievers?
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Russell A. Carleton

12-18

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More Moneyball
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Andrew Koo

12-12

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 347: The Rule Changes, Trades, and Signings of Winter Meetings Day Three
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: More Morton
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Sam Miller

12-11

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 346: Matt Kemp Rumors and Hot Trade Takes
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: Brett Anderson at Altitude
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Ben Lindbergh, Jordan Gorosh and Ben Carsley

12-04

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Transaction Analysis: Gentry Landed
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Ben Lindbergh and Nick J. Faleris

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: The Raising of Kazarus
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Sam Miller and Bret Sayre

11-15

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Rumor Roundup: AL Rotation Rumblings
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Daniel Rathman

11-15

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Transaction Analysis: What Do the A's Really Believe?
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Sam Miller

11-14

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Fantasy Team Preview: Oakland Athletics
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Ben Carsley

11-13

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Oakland Athletics Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

11-12

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One Move: American League West
by
Ben Carsley

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Five Recap: Tigers 3, Athletics 0
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Paul Sporer

10-10

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Five Preview: Tigers at Athletics
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Paul Sporer

10-09

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Four Recap: Tigers 8, A's 6
by
Sam Miller

10-08

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Recap: A's 6, Tigers 3
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Sam Miller

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Three Preview: A's at Tigers
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Paul Sporer

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game Two Recap: A's 1, Tigers 0
by
Sam Miller

10-05

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Game 1: Tigers 3, A's 2
by
Sam Miller

10-04

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Advance Scouting Series: Yoenis Cespedes
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Jason Parks

10-04

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Playoff Prospectus: ALDS Preview: Tigers at Athletics
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Sam Miller

09-26

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What You Need to Know: Helton Leaves Home
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Daniel Rathman

09-16

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What You Need to Know: The A's Sweep Away Texas
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Daniel Rathman

09-11

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Pebble Hunting: The A's and Building a Bullpen By Attrition
by
Sam Miller

09-03

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What You Need to Know: Taking Three Teams' Playoff Temperatures
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Daniel Rathman

09-03

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The Call-Up: Michael Choice
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Jason Cole and Bret Sayre

08-30

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What You Need to Know: Could Washington Win the Wild Card?
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Daniel Rathman

08-29

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 276: How Would Wladimir Balentien Hit in the Majors?/Oakland's Second-Half Success Narrative
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

08-15

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 266: How the A's Were Built/Why the Dodgers Are Winning
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

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August 15, 2014 6:00 am

The View from the Loge Level: The Mentors Behind the Managers

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Daron Sutton

For every elite draft prospect, there's a coach.

Seeing the best amateurs in the nation play in the Perfect Game All American Classic last weekend in San Diego proved to be quite the preview for the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft. Nine prep pitchers touched 95 mph or higher, including San Clemente (CA) senior Kolby Allard, who put his name in neon lights high above the amateur landscape, partly because of a velocity bump to the mid-90s. That’s just one example of what occurred while the players were centered up in the MLB Network lenses. But in spending time up close with the prospects at the workouts, the meals, the awards banquet and the Rady Children’s Hospital visit, it was easy to see there were many who had solid and diverse foundations provided by families and coaches at home.

And if you coaches wonder how quickly the seeds you have planted, nurtured with baseball wisdom and guidance, might blossom, then many of these athletes were an indication that there are plenty of coachable, skilled players in the next generation. The instant coaching impact had me wondering about the lasting stories that might be told about player/mentor connections decades from now.

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August 2, 2014 1:00 am

Trade Deadline

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Sam Miller and Tim Collins

How much did each move yesterday affect the playoff picture? We let PECOTA and our playoff odds answer that.

We can write about the prospects who can’t locate glove-side, we can write about the fantasy implications of a fourth-outfielder logjam, we can write about the strengths and weaknesses of each player traded and we can give our best assessment of each team’s competitive windows. But what you really want to know is this:

Are the Brewers (or the A’s, or the Orioles, or name a team) any more likely to make the playoffs today than they were before they made the TA-worthy trade? Any by how much?

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July 31, 2014 12:55 pm

Transaction Analysis: A's hire A's

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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

The A's go bold by adding Jon Lester, while the Twins reap a win of their own in the flurry.



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An interview with one of the season's biggest surprises, and a look at the game's Power/Arm outliers.

Pop quiz, Hot Shot!

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The A's go all in, and the Cubs add to their prospect stockpile.



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July 2, 2014 6:30 am

What You Need to Know: The A's Get Rick-Rolled

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Chris Mosch

Rick Porcello keeps the ball on the ground to notch a shutout, and the Angels sweep a doubleheader, plus more from Tuesday and what to watch today.

The Tuesday Takeaway
After walking off against Sean Doolittle and the Athletics in dramatic fashion on Monday night, the Tigers quickly disposed of the American League West leaders on Tuesday to clinch a series win. The game breezed by in just two hours and 13 minutes, as Rick Porcello tossed his second consecutive shutout and needed just 95 pitches to complete it.


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June 23, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: The Exception to the Raul

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R.J. Anderson

The Angels drop Ibanez, whose first name is Raul, which sounds like the word rule. Also: Brad Mills lands in Oakland, and Yohan Pino makes the majors.



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The Royals score 11 runs off a defending Cy Young winner for the second straight day, the A's continue to trouble Yu Darvish, and much more action from Tuesday.

The Tuesday Takeaway
For much of Angels starter Matt Shoemaker’s career, the odds have been stacked against him. Shoemaker went undrafted out of Eastern Michigan—where he had a 4.83 ERA and 1.36 strikeout-to-walk ratio in three seasons—and spent parts of the next seven years in the Angels’ minor league system before making his major league debut last September. On Tuesday night, Shoemaker toed the rubber against the Indians for what turned out to be the best outing of his short big league career, and he was well on his way to a complete game before a short rain delay in the ninth inning brought a premature end to his night.


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Ben and Sam discuss the weekend's unwritten rule violations, then talk about the teams with the best records in baseball, the A's and Giants.

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June 9, 2014 6:01 am

What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/9

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Daniel Rathman

How the Manny Machado incident(s) occurred, Jose Bautista's big night, the Tigers' bullpen problems, and more, plus what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
By the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday’s series finale, the Athletics and Orioles had seen just about enough of each other. With the A’s up 10-0 in the rubber match at Camden Yards, Fernando Abad threw at Manny Machado twice, and the second straight tight one led Machado to chuck his bat toward third baseman Alberto Callaspo:


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The Athletics' latest zig has been as unexpected in the current baseball landscape as it has been impressive.

To think Billy Beane entered the 2012 season in an unenviable position. His Athletics had won 70-something games for the third time in four years, spurring the ever-active general manager to retool his roster for the umpteenth time. Beane removed the veterans; he traded Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill, and Andrew Bailey for prospects, and wished David DeJesus and Josh Willingham all the best as they departed through free agency. Beane would later balance the subtractions by adding Coco Crisp and Bartolo Colon—moves that (seemingly) doubled as peace offerings to the union—but the net result was a payroll trimmed of about $15 million.

All the departures caused the A's to abandon their short-term aspirations in pursuit of the future. Beane, who has worked with a bottom-six payroll since 2011, was left to improve his roster using one of the game's best farm systems. Built mostly through trades—the A's have picked in the top-10 just once since selecting Barry Zito in 1999—Oakland's farm system entered that pivotal 2012 season ranked fourth in the league; however harmful those aforementioned trades were to fan morale, the returns had nourished a once-weak prospect stable. It's been said that in baseball you're either selling hope or selling wins.

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May 19, 2014 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Billy's Blanks

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R.J. Anderson

The A's get Kyle Blanks, the Rays lost Ben Zobrist (for now), Jeff Keppinger is dismissed and Greg Dobbs finds a bench to sit on.

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