The Oakland Athletics, colloquially known as the "A's," are among the oldest baseball franchises in the United States. Originating with gentleman's "Athletic Clubs" in the late 19th century, the Athletics became a full franchised team in the 1901. At the time, they were the Philadelphia Athletics, and they remained so until 1955 when they relocated to Kansas City; however, this proved to be an inadequate fit, and in 1968 they moved to California forming the current Oakland Athletics. The A's were instantly a big hit, as Oakland lacked a major league team up until that point, and Oakland Athletics tickets sold out regularly throughout the 70s and 80s.
Various scandals and a decrease in Oakland Athletics tickets sales led to a decline in the club's popularity, and throughout the late 80s and early 90s the Athletics were considered an inferior team. However, in the late 1990s, the team underwent new management and invented the new form of coaching and player hiring known as "Moneyball." This revolutionary system, now used throughout the league, used varied and new statistics to evaluate and value players for aspects that had previously went ignored and unmeasured. This enabled the Oakland Athletics to fill their roster with talented but undervalued players who were lacking in traditionally measured skills. As such, the Athletics began winning, and the Oakland Athletics tickets kept selling out. The resurrection of a once-dying team and the huge surge in Oakland Athletics tickets sales which followed has since revolutionized the way that players are evaluated, hired, and deployed. It has since inspired books, movies and thousands of fans.
The current Oakland Athletics stadium is known as the O.Co Coliseum, which is an abbreviation for Overstock.com, the stadium's current primary sponsor. A unique multi-purpose stadium, it is home to both the Oakland Athletics and the Oakland Raiders. Originally built in the 1960s as the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, it has undergone several name changes in the intervening years.
Capable of holding at least 35,000 baseball fans, it can be expanded to 60,000 if there is sufficient demand for Oakland Athletics tickets. O.Co Coliseum has effectively the smallest seating area of any MLB stadium, which may explain the price and demand for Oakland Athletics tickets. However, the light demand and casual nature of the fan base means that Oakland Athletics tickets are usually available on game day at the front gate, which makes the team a great option for tourists, visiting fans and casual lovers of baseball.
Most Athletics fans refer to themselves as members of the Athletics Nation and buy clothing, bumper stickers, and hats advertising this. Because the Athletics have been alternately mildly and very successful, its fans tend to be hard-core enthusiasts with a love of the core parts of the game and a deep understanding of its elements. Being the first fans to reap the benefits of "Moneyball," Athletics fans now follow stats like the team's owners, and search for undervalued players accordingly.
4-14-14: The two-time defending AL West champs are off to a fine start in 2014, as their 8-4 mark has them atop the division once again. They’ve been on quite a run since going just 1-1 to get the season going, winning seven of their last 10 games. They took two-of-three in Seattle against the Mariners over the weekend, and their 2.17 team ERA is the second-best in the entire league. Sonny Gray is looking like an ace early on, as the youngster is already 2-0 with a paltry 0.95 ERA in three starts.
4-7-14: Starting pitching was a preseason concern for the Oakland A’s, who already have several starters on the shelf. Sonny Gray has helped ease those fears, however, as the youngster has looked excellent in each of his first two starts of the 2014 MLB season. He’s struck-out 10 in 12 innings while allowing just one run so far, and helped Oakland to a 6-3 win over the Seattle Mariners Sunday. It’s been an early struggle for both Josh Donaldson and Josh Reddick, as the two have combined for just five hits in 46 combined ABs to this point.
4-1-14: Former Oriole Jim Johnson picked up the loss in his A’s debut after Nyjer Morgan and Nick Swisher knocked-in a pair of runs to give the Tribe a 2-0 lead in the top half of the 9th. Sonny Gray was solid in his start for Oakland, allowing nothing other than five hits over six innings. Oakland’s offense sputtered against Justin Masterson and company, however, mustering just five hits in the game.
3-27-14: The Oakland Athletics are known for building from within and playing moneyball, not signing and acquiring big money free agents and pitching but they did just that in 2014. Now Jim Johnson, Luke Gregerson, and Eric O'Flaherty look to make General Manager Billy Beane look like a genius once again. What does Beane know that the rest of the league doesn't know, again? Sam Fuld was informed that he would make the Opening Day roster after the news that Craig Gentry is injured and would not break camp with the team. Fuld signed a minor league deal with the Oakland A's in January and will be added to the 40 man roster and earn $800 K this season. The A's are playing in a tough division with the Angels, Mariners, and Rangers in the division but the two time American League West division champions will look for the three-peat in 2014.
3-20-14: The Oakland Athletics got some bad news recently with the diagnosis of their ace, Jarrod Parker, headed for a second Tommy John surgery of his young career. The A's did not get much better news with fellow starting pitcher Scott Kazmir either as he has been shut down with left triceps stiffness, never a good sign in a pitcher. The offense responded by beating the Chicago White Sox by a staggering 16-6 score on March, 18, too bad these games don't count. If that were the case Oakland would have one of the best records in their league like they do in the Cactus League this year. Even with the injury news the A's have some things to be optimistic about including Ryan Cook finally making his return to the mound throwing 21 pitches in a simulated game against teammates after being out due to shoulder problems. The A's have spent a lot of resources, mainly the money paid to former Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson, and have the bullpen that could ultimately help them weather the storm of all these pitching losses.
3-13-14: The Oakland Athletics have had quite an offseason and spring training this year. The A's lost their closer in Grant Balfour only to acquire Jim Johnson from the Baltimore Orioles to replace him. The A's are still stacked with Sonny Gray, Jarrod Parker, Yoenis Cespedes, and Josh Donaldson and sell plenty of tickets at the Oakland Coliseum . A's fans also either know the name Addison Russell or are starting to learn the name as he is impressing scouts, fans, and the team in the Cactus League this spring. The A's are a .500 team this spring but look to be much better than that when the games start meaning something early next month.
3-5-14: The Oakland A's avoided arbitration with outfielder Josh Reddick and agreed to a one-year contract. In other transaction news for the Oakland Athletics this off-season they recently signed Eric O'Flaherty to a two year deal worth $7 million.
1-24-14: Last season the Oakland Athletics were a surprise team who outperformed expectations as the won 96 and made the playoffs in 2013. This year they hope to build off that experience even though they will be without their best pitcher from last year as Bartolo Colon signed with the Mets this offseason.
1-7-14: Former Oakland A's pitcher Grant Balfour has been in the news as of late due to his health issues preventing him from signing a deal with the Baltimore orioles. However Oakland plans on having another strong season ahead of them. It was recently announced that the Oakland A's plan to use John Jaso as their primary DH for the upcoming season in 2014. Last season in 70 games Jaso hit 71 with three home runs and 21 RBI.
12-9-13: The Oakland Athletics won the American League West last season record of 96–66 and will look to continue to build upon that success. With a very solid pitching staff and some good pop in the middle of the order the A's are likely eager to get back to playing some baseball and continue building on what they started last you. Oakland recently signed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir to a multiyear deal. Last year the Oakland athletics were a very strong team in their home ballpark. However they eventually lost to the Detroit Tigers in the American League division series.
10-8-13: After never being given much of a chance to even make the playoffs the Oakland Athletics are leading the Detroit Tigers 2-1 after using the long ball to help secure a 6-3 victory today. They head to Detroit where on Tuesday they look to punch their ticket to the ALCS.
9-30-13: The Oakland A's with the surprise of the season in the American League winning 95 games and clinching the American League West division with a late surge that push them past the Texas Rangers. One of Oaklands main strengths was there solid play at home in which only the Boston Red Sox had a better home record. Oakland is seven and three in the last 10 games. When it comes to slugging percentage the Oakland A's are fifth overall at the .418. Over the weekend they will travel to Seattle and finished their season against the Seattle Mariners. Starting pitcher Bartolo Cologne had a great year at 18–6 with an ERA of 2.65.
8-20-13: The Oakland Athletics are comfortable in their wild-card lead and in second place in the American League West division. Currently they are .5 games out of first place with a record of 71 – 53. The Oakland Athletics are +70 in terms of run differential on the season. They have also won two straight games. The Athletics have 39 home wins and that is the best in the American League West.
8-6-13: The Oakland Athletics are in first place with a record of 64 – 47. Despite being only 5-5 in the last 10 games the Oakland Athletics have a two-game lead for first place over theTexas Rangers. This week they will head to Cincinnati to take on the Reds.
7/31/13 - The A's have traded for Angels infielder Alberto Callaspo. In the deal they will send Class AAA infielder Grant Green to the Angels.
7/18/13 - The Oakland Athletics are in first place of the AL West and seem to be heading strong into the playoffs. Heading into the break they are winners of two straight along with seven of their last 10. They have a two game lead over the Texas Rangers for first place. The A’s are +62 in terms of run differential and have scored the 8th most runs in baseball. Starting pitching Bartolo Colon has been super impressive with a 12-3 record and a team-leading ERA of 2.70. In 126 innings pitched Colon has only walked 15 batters while striking out 70. Second year player from Cuba, Yoenis Cespedes has struggled average-wise but has put up decent power numbers with 15 home runs and 43 RBIs. Cespedes was a participant and won the 2013 HR derby. After the break Oakland will face Angels in a three game set.
7/7/13 - 40-year-old starting pitcher Bartolo Colon was the only Oakland Athletic named as a 2013 American League all-star. So far in 2013, the right hander is 11-3 with a 2.78 ERA in 17 starts for the A's.
6/12/13 - Once again the Oakland A's have built a solid core to take the diamond night in and night out. This week the As will begin a three-game series at home against the New York Yankees. Led by third baseman Josh Donaldson who is batting .324, and Yoenis Cespedes Is batting .241 but leads the team with 13 homeruns, Oakland is currently in second place only one game behind the first-place Texas Rangers. Veteran pitcher Bartolo Cologne leads the team in both wins and ERA, and kept that hot start going by defeating the Yankees on Tuesday night.