What in the Heck Has Gotten Into Chad Pinder?

Did you know that the A’s lead the American League in home runs? Here’s one of them: Here’s another one of them: Those are two mammoth home runs. More, those are two mammoth home runs hit by the same guy — one Chad Pinder. Pinder is a 25-year-old infielder who’s topped out as Baseball America’s No. 7 Oakland prospect. In Pinder’s best professional season to date, he...
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Oakland A’s link roundup: Marcus Semien eyes June return

The Oakland A’s are off on Monday as they gear up for their first interleague action of the season against the Marlins on Tuesday. In the meantime, here are some links to catch you up on the news from the last few days! Injury news SS Marcus Semien had the cast removed from his injured wrist last week, reports insider Jane Lee. He’s making progress in his recovery from a...
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Farm Report: Meet Your 2018 Oakland A's!

With most of the A's top prospects playing at the highest the level of the system for Triple-A Nashville this season, I've been thinking about what a young A's team might look like if the front office decides to give their top young prospects a shot on the major league squad next year. So this week I took the opportunity to examine what a team full of young prospects might look like...
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11 hours ago

Oakland A’s lead American League in home runs

It’s late May and we’re more than a quarter of the way into the 2017 season, and the Oakland A’s lead the American League in home runs. After hitting four on Saturday, they enter Sunday with 63 long balls on the season, one ahead of the Yankees and Rays. They rank third in MLB, behind the Brewers and Nationals. The rankings change a bit if you look at games played — the...
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Watch A's Chad Pinder hit what may be the longest home run of the year

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Pinder power: Rookie rakes one 460 feet

Chad Pinder doesn't say much, and he doesn't have to. His bat is plenty loud. On Saturday, the A's rookie sent a screaming shot where few before him have at the Coliseum, at least in the post-Mount Davis era. It even left manager Bob Melvin speechless: "I don't even know how to explain that."
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Oakland’s Chad Pinder cranks a freakin’ mammoth dinger

You may not be too familiar with Oakland A’s infielder Chad Pinder, and that would certainly be understandable. The 25-year-old has appeared in just 42 career major league games, and has never appeared on any top-100 prospects lists.But the man can apparently blast gigantic dongs, and that demands our attention.Pinder hit a homer vs the Red Sox on Saturday in Oakland that ESPN’s...
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Following odd play, Melvin gets tossed

A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected in the second inning of Saturday's matinee with the Red Sox at the Coliseum.
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Axford activated, but Dull lands on DL

John Axford's return from the disabled list Saturday morning was subdued by news that Ryan Dull was the latest A's reliever to join it.
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Jackie Bradley Jr. robs an A’s walk-off homer, before A’s still hit a walk-off homer

With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, it looked like Ryon Healy had taken Red Sox star closer Craig Kimbrel deep to give the A’s a victory in walk-off fashion Friday night in Oakland.But Boston center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. made an incredible catch to rob Healy of a homer, and save the game for the Red Sox: Or, at least temporarily save the game for the Red Sox.Just one...
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Oakland A’s Bullpen: Can Ryan Dull Turn It Around?

The A’s witnessed a few magic tricks from Ryan Dull last season. This year, they’re still waiting for Dull to make an appearance. Has he disappeared or is this poor start simply an illusion? The A’s walked off at home once again on Friday night against the Red Sox. The winning pitcher was none other than Ryan […] Oakland A’s Bullpen: Can Ryan Dull Turn It Around? - White...
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WATCH: Hector Velazquez struggles in 8-3 Oakland A's victory

The Oakland Athletics roughed up Hector Velazquez in his major league debut to the tune of six runs in five innings. Boston's offense could not do much off Sonny Gray after the first few innings and the A's won 8-3.
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Oakland's Plouffe honors late singer by changing his walk-up music

Oakland Athletics third baseman Trevor Plouffe is paying tribute to Chris Cornell in a unique way.Cornell, the iconic singer who rose to fame fronting the bands Soundgarden, Audioslave, and Temple of the Dog, died on Wednesday night at the age of 52 in an apparent suicide while on tour in Detroit.In the wake of the sad and shocking news, Plouffe tweeted that he would be honoring...
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Ryon Healy’s home run broke a fan’s phone, so the Athletics are buying him a new one

Oakland Athletics third baseman Ryon Healy launched a two-run dinger during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners, but the victims included more than just pitcher Chase De Jong. After the 112.7-mph ball sailed over the left field fence, it smashed the phone belonging to a fan named Peter Johnson. That’s a pretty crappy feeling. Johnson seemed to take...
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A’s selling cheapest tickets in MLB to fill stands

The Oakland A’s are offering their fans the best bargain in baseball.For $19.99 per month, fans can purchase a Ballpark Pass. Depending on availability, that grants access to every home game on the team’s schedule from June 1 on.Some of the premium games in that stretch include a three-game series against the Washington Nationals (June 2-4), four games against the New York Yankees...
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Athletics’ walk-off win streak inspired by ‘Rally Skittles’?

The Oakland Athletics claim a “sweet” good-luck charm initially discovered during spring training is now paying dividends in the wins-by-walk-off department. And it all starts with Skittles.But in the Athletics’ case, the candy in question is referred to as “Rally Skittles,” or alternatively, “Hittles.” The A’s on Monday night found themselves knotted up 2-2 with...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Yonder Alonso Has Transformed Himself Into a Power Hitter

Entering his eighth season in the big leagues, we had a lot of data to draw upon when figuring out what kind of hitter Yonder Alonso had been. “Power hitter” definitely wasn’t an adjective anyone would use — until this year. The Oakland Athletics first baseman had hit just 39 homers through his first 2,343 plate appearances, but things have gone quite a bit differently...
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Yonder Alonso Is the New Poster Boy for the Fly Ball Revolution

Yesterday, Yonder Alonso hit a home run. Used to be, that would be notable because Yonder Alonso home runs didn’t happen very often. This year, that home run was notable because it was ninth of the year, matching his career high for home runs in a season. Alonso matched his career-best home run total on May 7th, in his 29th game of the 2017 season. You can only do something like...
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Umpire Mike Muchlinski hit directly in groin by Santiago Casilla fastball

Mike Muchlinski didn’t exactly have the most pleasant Thursday afternoon.Muchlinski was umpiring home plate in the ninth inning of the Oakland Athletics-Minnesota Twins game when A’s catcher Stephen Vogt, who was setting up outside, got fooled by a Santiago Casilla pitch and it hit Muchlinski right in the groin before Vogt could get a glove up. That can’t have felt good.Brian...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Athletics announce that prospect Casey Thomas has died

The Oakland Athletics and professional baseball in general were dealt a tragic blow on Tuesday. It was announced that minor leaguer Casey Thomas passed away suddenly and unexpectedly.“We were devastated to hear of this tragedy within the A’s family,” said Oakland’s executive vice president of baseball operations via 95.7 The Game. “Our hearts go out to Tom and his family...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 24 Prospects: Oakland Athletics

Below is an analysis of the prospects in the Oakland Athletics farm system. Scouting reports are compiled with information provided by industry sources as well as from my own observations. The KATOH statistical projections, probable-outcome graphs, and (further down) Mahalanobis comps have been provided by Chris Mitchell. For more information on the 20-80 scouting scale by which...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Servais celebrates Mariners’ win by wearing chains in clubhouse

Apparently, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais has quite the hipster side.After the Mariners defeated the AL West rival Oakland Athletics on Sunday by the final of 11-1, designated hitter Nelson Cruz posted a priceless picture to Instagram of Servais celebrating the win by wearing chains in the clubhouse. Jen Mueller of Root Sports reports that the outfit was part of a deal Servais...
Via Larry Brown Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

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