2018 Oakland Athletics
2018 Oakland Athletics / Franchise: Oakland Athletics / BR Team Page
Managed by Bob Melvin
History, Comments, Contributions
On April 17h, the 2018 Oakland Athletics staged a game featuring free admission for anyone registering in advance in order to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their first game in Oakland, CA. Over 46,000 spectators poured into the Oakland Coliseum to attend the birthday party, which ended with a 10-2 win over the Chicago White Sox. A few days later, on April 21st, Sean Manaea pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox, defeating them 3-0; it was the first no-hitter for an A's pitcher since the perfect game pitched by Dallas Braden in 2010. On June 24th, they set a major league mark with a home run in 25 straight road games, eclipsing a mark set by the 1996 Baltimore Orioles. They continued to win after that and on July 9th, when they defeated the Houston Astros, 2-0, to earn their 17th win in their last 21 games. Their record was now at 51-40 and they were in the middle of the postseason race, although it was likely to be a heated one, given that in their own division, the Astros and Seattle Mariners were still ahead of them, and in the AL East, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox were locked in an epic battle for first place, meaning that there were five teams competing for a maximum of four available spots and the A's were still six games behind the fourth-best of these!
Awards and Honors
- Associated Press: "Khris Davis, young A's look to build off strong September", USA Today Sports, March 22, 2018. 
- Jorge L. Ortiz: "July shocker: A's may have staved off annual trade dumps", USA Today Sports, July 4, 2018.