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Team: Oakland Athletics [ID #424] Bookmark Oakland Athletics

Location: Oakland, CA (West)

League: VI.6 - West

Owner: mike_levitt send message
          [since July 25th 2015 | last seen October 13th 2017]

Manager: Sonny Hibbard

Ballpark: Rickey Gonna Get Hot! Field

Rank: #657 - Rating: 40.03

Fan Mood: 67.39

Prestige: 4

Color: Yellow

Team Notes:

• Jul 16 2033: Leonardo Rodriguez was signed as a free agent.
• Jul 16 2033: Nate Kemp was signed as a free agent.
• Jul 12 2033: Sonny Hibbard was hired as the new manager.
• Jul 12 2033: Wally Kerr was fired as manager.
• Jul 12 2033: Jimmy Hodge was released.
• Jul 12 2033: Atsushi Tsuda was released.
• Jul 12 2033: Josue Tamayo was released.
• Jul 12 2033: Zack Dolan was released.
• Jun 20 2033: Joo Won Moon was signed as a free agent.
• Jun 20 2033: Miguel Cruz was released.


League Record:

Wins: 0 Losses: 0 Pct: .000 Last10: 0-0 Streak: -

Ave: 0.0 - 0.0 RS: 0 RA: 0 DIFF: 0

Cup:

Group 11 [0 | Still Alive]

Press Releases:

Jul 13 2033: BREAKING NEWS: A'S FIRE KERR AFTER RIPPING OWNERSHIP - by mike_levitt on September 5th, 2017

The Oakland Athletics have fired Manager Wally (Buzz) Kerr. The firing came after comments he made to press members, after the team's afternoon press conference.

The team released a one statement posting, on their social media outlets.

"The Oakland Athletics have hired Sonny Hibbard as their new Manager, replacing Wally Kerr. Manager Hibbard will be with the team tomorrow, in their finale against Memphis."

Players wouldn't comment about the move, which indicates that the team asked staff and players to not comment on the situation.

Kerr was not seen around the clubhouse, so it's not known if he has cleared out his office, or if that was done for him.

Further details to follow.


Jul 12 2033: Oakland wipes out outfield, saving $5.2 Million annually after the move - by mike_levitt on September 5th, 2017

The A's are known for frugal baseball, and that proved true today, when the team cut 4 players from the roster.

Gone are Outfielders Hodge, Tsuda, Tamayo, and Dolan.

GM Tivel said the moves were to get the team in a positive bottom line position, and was not a commentary about the individual players.

With the team being 34 games back, there seems to be the movement back to under $1 Million contracts.

Buzz Kerr tried to put a positive spin on the moves, but the media could read through his sarcasm. "Baseball is an expensive game, and this team needs to be fiscally responsible" Kerr said.

Privately, Kerr was more vocal about his frustration with Team ownership in "not properly drafting, ignoring free agent talent, and cutting talent that is actually good to build around...Welcome to Oakland!"


Jun 20 2033: 26 Games Out, Team Cuts Payroll and Builds for Future - by mike_levitt on August 31st, 2017

Oakland, being 26 games out and showing zero chance of climbing into the race, decided to cut payroll costs, by releasing veterans Miguel Cruz, Randall Pope, Sergio Gonzales and Martijn Kroes.

All were having all-star caliber years, so it's unlikely they'll stay on the waiver market long.

Manager Buzz Kerr addressed the media after the cuts were made.

"We cut out the heart and soul of our team today." Kerr said. I understand the moves, and I'm happy for the players we picked up in Free Agency to replace them, but these guys will win pennants elsewhere."

GM Tivel released a statement saying that was difficult to cut high caliber talent, but the team is in a tough division, and the free agent market had some young talent, that would serve the team for years to come.

One team insider joked "yeah, until they make too much and we cut them loose, just like we did today."

It will be interesting to see what this team does the rest of the season, as well as the players they cut today.


Oct 24 2032: A's Stumble to Finish - by mike_levitt on July 18th, 2017

Oakland finished the season losing 8 out of their last 10, and looked lethargic in those games.

"This is not how we wanted to finish. Even going .500 would have locked up 3rd place, which was a goal for us this season." Manager Buzz Kerr said. "We have some soul searching to do, as we approach next year."

While there isn't expected to be big changes with the team, the team's payroll is creeping upwards, so the normal surpluses that the team likes at year end (and rarely uses.) is smaller than years past.

GM Tivel was unavailable for comment, which leads to speculation there might be a change in that role.


Aug 04 2032: Decent Season, but 9 Games Back Hard to Overcome - by mike_levitt on June 27th, 2017

The A's are having a respectable season, compiling a 51-44 record, and considering they've only had 3 winning campaigns in the last decade, things are definitely looking up.

Flower Mound isn't running away with the Division, but a comfy 9 game lead is going to be difficult to overcome.

"The Raiders are tough to beat, so we are focusing on winning one game at a time" Manager Buzz Kerr said. "We can gain some ground, but they have to lose some games, and they don't seem to want to."

The A's pitching staff once again is performing well, and this season the batting averages have improved.

"We've added some key pieces to the puzzle, which is helping us get timely hits." Kerr said. "Small ball is how we win, and we're doing that pretty well this year."