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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 December 11th 2017]

Manager: Sonny Hibbard

Ballpark: Rickey Gonna Get Hot! Field

Rank: #636 - Rating: 44.15

Fan Mood: 84.71

Prestige: 4

Color: Yellow

Team Notes:

• Apr 29 2034: Ken Yamamura was signed as a free agent.
• Apr 29 2034: Gilbert Shelton was signed as a free agent.
• Apr 29 2034: Marco Cantu was signed as a free agent.
• Apr 29 2034: Matt Friedman was released.
• Apr 29 2034: Billy McCallum was released.
• Apr 29 2034: Sang Hoon Lee was signed as a free agent.
• Apr 29 2034: Andrew Mauri was released.
• Apr 29 2034: Cruz Borrego was signed as a free agent.
• Apr 29 2034: Adrián Montañez was signed as a free agent.
• Apr 29 2034: Diogo Sousa was signed as a free agent.


League Record:

Wins: 52 Losses: 88 Pct: .371 Last10: 5-5 Streak: W1

Ave: 3.6 - 5.0 RS: 498 RA: 705 DIFF: -207

Cup:

Group 11 [0 | Eliminated]

Press Releases:

Sep 22 2034: A's Shuffle Lineup to Clean Up The Basement - by mike_levitt on December 11th, 2017

36 games behind the league leader, the Oakland A's aren't going to sniff a winning season, but the team still shifted their lineup around, to see if they can create a year-end spark.

Manager Sonny Hibbard addressed the media with the lineup changes. "Leo (Leonardo Rodriguez) has 31 bags this year. He should be leading off, even though his average hasn't been great." Hibbard said. "Having Leo lead off should get him some better pitches, because teams don't want him on base."

The team's revised lineup should help drive in more runs, if Rodriguez is on base.


Apr 29 2034: A's Clean House. Again. - by mike_levitt on November 2nd, 2017

Oakland has had a long history of being a frugal team. Starting out the season with a 7-17 record (.292), the team decided to return to their unwritten rule budget, indicating no player can make over $500k per season.

The team cut 11 of 13 pitchers, and one 2B (Chase Peck) that made $550k.

Manager Sonny Hibbard addressed the media.

"We didn't expect the tough start to the season, but here we are" Hibbard said. "When a player hits .292, that's a decent average. Winning .292, not so much."

The team let go some great pitching talent, but when you win less than a 1/3 of your games, it's wasted talent. The team was wise to let these vets go, so they can find better teams elsewhere.

The team may make similar moves in the batting lineup, but that remains to be seen.

"I'll use the players I got" Hibbard said.




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.