2019 Oakland Athletics
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2019 Oakland Athletics / Franchise: Oakland Athletics / BR Team Page
Managed by Bob Melvin
History, Comments, Contributions
Coming off a remarkable season in 2018 in which they had come out of nowhere to clinch a postseason slot, the 2019 Oakland Athletics would not have the element of surprise working in their favor this time around. However, they had not made many changes to a line-up that had been extremely productive, especially when it came down to power numbers, and still had the group of relievers that was among the best in baseball. The main worry spot was starting pitching, as Oakland had made its run with a patched-together starting rotation, especially after their ace Sean Manaea had gone down with a season-ending injury in August, and management would likely want to work with a more stable arrangement. In any case, the pitchers' mission would be a simple one: take the game to the bullpen, and let sluggers such as Khris Davis, Matt Olson, Matt Chapman, Stephen Piscotty, Marcus Semien and Chad Pinder do some damage. They also were counting on an excellent defense, led by 3B Chapman and OF Ramon Laureano.
Awards and Honors
- Associated Press: "A's have high expectations as 1st full-squad workout begin", USA Today, February 16, 2019. 
- Associated Press: "Oakland Athletics season preview capsule", USA Today, March 18, 2019.