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|Colors:||Green, gold & white.|
|Hall of Famers:||Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Catfish Hunter & Reggie Jackson|
|Hall of Fame General Managers:||None|
|Rivals:||San Francisco Giants & Philadelphia Phillies|
|Legends:||Rickey Henderson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Vida Blue, Dave Stewart, Jason Giambi, Mark McGwire, Bert Campaneris, Daven Henderson & Sal Bando|
|Retired Numbers:||6: 9, 24, 27, 34, 42 & 43|
|World Series Championships:||9: 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930, 1972, 1973, 1974 & 1989|
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The Athletics lived in three separate cities before calling Oakland home in 1968. They were originally a charter member for the American League when they were known as the Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954), and were quite successful winning five World Series (1910, 1911, 1913, 1929 & 1930) before moving to Kansas City (1955-1967 and no World Series) before finally settling in Oakland in 1968.
The move to Oakland proved to be a good one compared to when they stayed at Kansas City, as within three years of the move to California, the A’s made it to their first postseason since their 1931 World Series defeat. They made it to the American League Championship Series (ALCS) in 1971, although it ended in heartbreak as they crashed out to the Baltimore Orioles.
However, it proved to be the kick starter of a very successful period for the A’s and they ended up winning the next three World Series in four years. They claimed the three-peat from 1972 to 1974 as well as making the ALCS in 1975 although it ended in a defeat to the Red Sox.
The next 12 years were ones to forget as the A’s struggled to be competitive for much of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Their next postseason showing occurred in 1981 when they defeated the Kansas City Royals in the American League Division Series (ALDS), before going out to the Yankees in the ALCS.
From there, they finished fourth four times between 1982 to 1986. They finally moved up to being third in 1987 which started another golden age for Athletics. The late ‘80s and early ‘90s saw the Athletics make three World Series appearances from 1988 to 1990, while only managing one win in 1989 over the San Francisco Giants after the A’s won the ALCS over the Toronto Blue Jays.
They defeated the Giants in straight games winning the World Series 4-0 ending a 15-year drought. The A’s then completed another successful five years when they met the Blue Jays in the 1992 ALCS, but couldn’t assert their dominance and they fell to the Canadien side 4-2.
The 2000s were only remembered for one thing, as general manager Billy Beane (who had been general manager since 1998) and Paul DePodesta implemented and changed baseball, as they entered the ‘Moneyball’ era.
The ‘Moneyball’ era was based on sabermetrics to implement a winning team using statistics and it really kicked in 2002 following back-to-back ALDS defeats to the Yankees. While that was one of the reasons, the other reason was that they couldn’t compete with the Yankees who had a payroll of $120 million to the A’s $38 million.
The 2002 season saw the A’s lose star players such as Jeremy Giambi, Johnny Damon, and Jason Isringhausen all of which had been crucial in previous years for the Athletics.
Upon using the ‘Moneyball’ method, DePodesta helped Beane sign players who were mainly undervalued and underappreciated by looking at stats. They were mainly free agents and only looked at one thing, runs to help the team win.
In return, the duo and the A’s signed Scott Hatteberg, David Justice, Ray Durham, Chad Bradford, Billy Koch among others. These moves were met with some criticism from the fanbase, hierarchy and even the general public thought were just blatantly weird and thought they were ruining the franchise.
After a slow start to the A’s new era, the team managed to have a late surge by winning 20 consecutive games (equal fifth-longest winning streak in the MLB). The team made it to their third ALDS in three years, but their late-season charge wasn’t enough as they fell to the Minnesota Twins.
They made it to their fourth consecutive ALDS, this time going down to the Boston Red Sox, before making another appearance two years later, this time progressing from the ALDS as they defeated the Twins to meet the Detroit Tigers in ALCS, but the latter prevailed winning the series 4-0 in 2006.
The A’s since 2012 have had two mini golden periods without once again claiming the World Series, where they made it to two consecutive ALDS’s but lost to the Tigers on both occasions. They backed it up with another postseason appearance in 2014 but this time couldn’t get past the American League Wildcard Series (ALWCS) as the Kansas City Royals progressed.
Their next period of sustained success occurred between 2018 to 2020. However, they only managed to get to the first stage of the postseason crashing out of the ALWCS in 2018 (fell to the New York Yankees) and in 2019 (lost to the Kansas City Royals).
In 2020, they kept their postseason record alive appearing for the third consecutive time, after finishing first in the American League West Division by ending the regular season with a 36-24 record (the 2020 season was shortened due to COVID-19, the league played 60 games instead of the traditional 162 games).
It meant that the winners had to play off in the ALWCS, as the A’s progressed making light work of the White Sox. They advanced to the ALDS for the first time in seven years but fell to the Houston Astros ending the A’s charge.
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Coming into his 18th season as a Major League Baseball manager, Bob Melvin currently has a 1247-1186 regular season win-loss record in charge of the Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics.
After serving as a manager of the Seattle Mariners between 2003-04 and the Arizona Diamondbacks between 2004-2009. Bob Melvin was announced as the manager of the Oakland A’s in 2011.
During his 10 seasons with the A’s, Melvin has led Oakland to six trips to the postseason and three division titles. The team owns a 7-13 postseason record under Melvin.
On an individual level, Melvin has been named the Manager of the year on three occasions, two of which have been with the A’s following the teams 94-68 regular season record in 2012 and their 97-64 record in 2018.
Coming into just the fifth season of his MLB career, Matt Chapman is one of the most important young hitters in the A’s lineup.
Since debuting in 2017, Chapman has been named an All-Star in 2019 and two time Silver Slugger Award recipient.
Following a breakout year in 2019, Chapman struggled in the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season hitting at .232/.276/.535 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs. He was struck-out 54 times in 142 at bats, which led to his strikeout percentage increasing 13.6% from the prior year, the greatest increase among major league hitters.
Coming into a much more normal 2021 season, we believe that Chapman will continue the development that we saw from him during the 2019 season and continue to be one of if not the most valuable players in the A’s dugout.
It has not taken long for Matt Olson to establish himself as one of the best offensive and defensive players in MLB.
Since debuting for Oakland in 2016, Olson has been awarded the Gold Glove award on two occasions and the Fielding Bible award on three occasions.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Olson had a 13 Defensive Runs Saved rating, the best in the major leagues among first basemen, in a year that also saw him bat at .267/.351/.545.
Like many, Olson struggled during the COVID-19 shortened 2020 season, batting .195, however he still managed to lead the Oakland A’s in games played (60), home runs (14) & RBI (42).
The Oakland A’s started off in high spirits as they were tipped to make the World Series following their +2000 odds on opening day, it got even more brighter as they won on opening day against the Los Angeles Angels.
From there the A’s won two consecutive games, which in turn gave them a +1375 odds on July 27th, but following two defeats, the A’s ended the month with the same odds they started on.
August saw an improvement with their postseason odds as they only managed eight defeats. They started with +1867 odds on August 4. From there, their odds kept decreasing and by August 9 they were +1333 following the A’s having a nine-game winning streak (which ended on August 10 as they lost to the Los Angeles Angels and again on August 11).
The A’s then responded by winning their next four matches which gave them a +1067 value on August 16 and four days later, they improved on their value as it decreased to +1000. By August 26, the A’s were at their shortest for the season when they were valued at +750, as the A’s won six times from eight games from August 19 to August 26.
September saw a slight increase in their value, but they did start the month with +750 odds on September 1 and by the next day saw it increase to +850 (although the A’s didn’t play on September 1, 2, and 3 due to their games against the Seattle Mariners being postponed because of COVID-19).
From September 6 to September 10 the A’s won five from eight games which saw a slight increase to +900 on September 10. Although, within two days they were back to +850. Six days later on September 18 after the A’s won twice in three games their value rose to +1000, but by September 25 it was back down to +900.
After making light work of the ALWC in which they dropped one game defeating the White Sox 2-1 in the series, the A’s advanced to the ALDS and were valued at +967 on October 4 (a day before the Division Series began).
After losing the first two games to the Astros, the A’s were then valued at +3500 on October 7 (the A’s won that day). They made it to game 4, but couldn’t continue the momentum and crashed out of the postseason with a defeat in game 4.
When looking at the run line for the season, the A’s were ranked 16th in the league and they ended with a 33-34-0 record. They were in the top four when they were the home team and they were ranked fourth in the league with a record of 21-14-0. The A’s then dropped 23 places when they were the away team and they dropped to 27th in the league as they had a record of 11-17-0.
While in the over / under record the A’s only managed a top 10 place in the league just once when they were the away team as they had a record of 15-12-1, placing them seventh. Their next best position was in 18th for the overall record as they had a record of 31-34-2. They were down towards the bottom of the league when they were on the home side and they were ranked 27th with a record of 13-21-1.
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Where do the Oakland Athletics play?
The Oakland Athletics play at the Oakland Coliseum.
Who owns the Oakland Athletics?
John F. Fisher owns the Oakland Athletics.
Have the Oakland Athletics won an MLB World Series?
The Oakland Athletics have won nine World Series in 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, 1930, 1972, 1973, 1974 & 1989.
Who is the Oakland general manager?
David Forst is the general manager of the Oakland Athletics.
Do the Oakland Athletics play tonight?
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What is the Oakland Athletics record?
The Oakland Athletics had a 2020 record of 36-24.
Did the Oakland Athletics win last night?
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How much are the Oakland Athletics worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Oakland Athletics are worth $1.1 billion.
Who do the Oakland Athletics play tonight?
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How to watch the Oakland Athletics?
You can watch Oakland Athletics games on NBC Sports California, NBC Sports Bay Area, ESPN, Fox and Fox Sports 1.
Will the Oakland Athletics make the playoffs this year?
The Oakland Athletics did make the postseason in the 2020 season after finishing first in the American League West Division with a 36-24 record. They defeated the Chicago White Sox in the American League Wild Card Series but fell to the Houston Astros in the American League Division Series.
Will the Oakland Athletics get the 1st pick in the MLB draft?
The Oakland Athletics have received the 25th pick in the 2021 MLB draft.
When do the Oakland Athletics play?
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Where did the Oakland Athletics finish the season?
The Oakland Athletics finished first in the American League West in 2020.
How many games did the Oakland Athletics win?
The Oakland Athletics won 36 games in a shortened 2020 season.
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