What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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That team plays like there's no tomorrow, they don't accept defeat. They don't say things like "it's just one game" or "I just need to make some adjustments" or "well, we're veterans and we'll figure it out." They go out and play with their hair on fire, hit the daylights out of everyone and don't care how good the dude on the mound for the other team is. They have an identity, and that identity is "ignorance." They don't care about payroll, predictions, criticism, etc. They just expect to win every game. All of this on 1/3 of the Rangers payroll. Impressive. I'm tired of Rangers players thinking they've made it as thought they've accomplished something. Keep it up and they'll be staring up at the A's in the standings for the remainder of this season.
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Young Gun A's vs. Texas Rangers
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Go root for the Athletics then. Jesus your complaining gets old fast.
@ Jeff in SD; if you were following the Rangers in 2010, you probably realize you just described that team as well. That's how young, upstart teams, play baseball. Sound a little like last season's Oriole team to you?
The A's have lots of young controllable pitching, that will be traded away when it starts to get expensive... and the cycle will start again. When the cycle coincides with some good young hitters, the A's suddenly become competitive. They will be good for the next 2 or 3 seasons, until the players salaries start to escalate, then Bean will trade them for young pitching and the cycle will start again.
The A's are playing great, the Rangers are playing well, and the Angels suck right now, it's early, things change. I'd be shocked if at some point those roles don't change, but it will still come down to the wire in the West. In my opinion the A's won't win the division. Originally I felt it would be 1) Angels, 2) Rangers, and 3) A's. Now after seeing the Angels stumble out of the gate (again), and The Rangers pitching, and in particular the pen, I think it will be 1) Rangers, 2) Angels, and 3) A's.
Everyone likes to watch the young guys who play with their "hair on fire". If you live in San Diego, maybe you should follow the A's for the next couple of years, while they're good. Personally, I think the Rangers have regained a little of that attitude again. I like what I see so far this season.
I just don't know how you can make the claim that the Rangers players feel like they've accomplished something. It's just a made up opinion that you project onto them. So unless you personally know the players and they tell you they feel this way, it's time to stop saying it. Maybe you heard someone say this on the radio or you based this off your own observations. I don't know, but I do know it's honestly quite silly to claim this with no fact to back it.
The Rangers are better players while the A's are better winners ......... for now. Can it continue? Both teams can move the opposite way they are now playing but will they. Like Yogi said, "Baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical."
Sounds like you'd feel better to just be an A's fan. Go ahead. We'll be here when, as Ktown says, 'the cycle starts again.' Or as PeeWee says, if you love the A's so much why don't you marry them.
This conversation just gave me cancer.
If 11 games crowns the best team, then by all means crown them.
I mean, they won last year and they had the best off season out of any team in the AL West.
I don't see how they weren't the best team in the AL West.
The A's are continuing the phenomenal luck on getting every single inch of ability of basically everyone on their roster. Jed Lowrie won't continue being healthy. Half of their hitters have a BABIP of 375 and over. I'll bet that no one on that team has an ISO of over 300 by the time the year is over. The A's are on a massive hot streak. It has to end some time.
...and Cespedes is now on the DL. #illuminati
don't look for the a's to fade. they have great pitching. you will have to play better than them to win it. The Ranger offense is going to struggle to score runs consistently. the A's use the old oriole formula. Power, defense and pitching. they have it going on right now and are going to be hard to beat. I do think we need to replace murphy with pierzinski. he is just a better hitter. Murphy is streaky and he just isn't producing in too important a slot. also think gentry needs to play more as he is a run scoring machine if he gets on. Martin needs more development.
Spanning into last season...over the past 120 games...Oak is 80-40
Do I need to get into how good that is? Beane is simply the best GM...by far...in baseball. I'm not complaining about our team, but I do admire the A's.
And how long were the A's irrelevant before their Cinderella season last year?
FUCK the As
Since JD took over for Hart to begin the 2006 season, the Rangers have won 30 more regular season baseball games than Billy Beane's A's. That is through last nights game. That includes two trips to the World Series, a bankruptcy and ownership turmoil, all things Beane's A's have no experience with. Billy Beane is very good at running a poor baseball team with no payroll to speak of, but that and being in a movie doesn't make him the best GM in the game in my opinion.
If you're into winning without a lot, you might look into what Andrew Friedman has done in Tampa Bay, the difference in what he and Beane have done is that Friedman's teams are relevant every season and have made regular trips to the playoffs in arguably baseballs toughest division. That, and Beane likes to "toot" his own horn. I guess "best" depends on what you think is important, but I'll take what Jon Daniels has done with this franchise in six seasons over Billy Beane's fifteen year record with Oakland. To each his own I guess.
You seriously think that A's lineup is gonna produce all season. They all suck.
So...the ingredients for a winning team are....
1) Play like there's no tomorrow 2) refuse to accept defeat 3) don't say "it's just one game" 4) also don't say "I need to make adjustments" 5) and definitely don't say "we're veterans, we'll figure it out"6) play with hair on fire7) hit daylights out of everyone8) don't care how good "dude" on the mound is9) be ignorant10) don't care11) Expect to win every game
Got it. Thanks for the substantive input.
Lots of sensitivity in here. Just because one lauds the merits of another team and is impressed with their approach to the game does not mean he doesn't like his home team or is disloyal. Look, the A's are legit, have the best pitching in the AL, clutch hitting and solid defense. They also have good management and a plan that works. Does my saying that mean I should become an A's fan? For speaking the truth? I'm impressed with the Patriots approach to football and can appreciate the longevity of their success, but I'm not a Patriots fan. Look, I just wish my team had the A's fire and never say die attitude. It's not that much to ask for. For all of you who think I'm disloyal for wanting that, sorry.
Nice post Mr. Man. You criticize my "lack of substantive input," yet you have none in your retort. Good job.
I guess the problem with the Angels is..
1) They play as if there's a tomorrow (stupid Angels)2) They refuse to refuse to accept defeat (I guess when even the best team, by definition, must accept defeat around 60 times or so it makes a little more sense...but still)3) They've said "it's only one game" like....8 times already. When will they learn?4) They've also said "I need to make adjustments" a bunch as well. Of course, when you're batting .179 and striking out in half your at bats you'd think adjustments would make sense...but that's not winning baseball. 5) AND....they keep saying "We're veterans....". Admittedly, they are old....with many long-term veterans...but still. 6) NOT playing with hair on fire. Seriously, how can anyone take them seriously without flaming heads of hair?7) NOT hitting daylights out of everyone. Frankly, this one's a surprise. Everyone looking at that team thought opposing pitcher's would be practically daylight-free throughout the entire season. 8) Care WAY too much how good "dude" on the mound is. Angel's sensitivity and proclivity for "caring" about opposing pitchers was a well-documented weakness in Spring Training so this isn't too surprising. 9) Not ignorant. Although there's no actual proof, apparently the Angels are foolishly using intelligence and knowledge, ignoring the long-established wisdom of many baseball strategists. Otherwise, if they were ignorant they'd have a winning record. 10) Caring. Again, no actual proof, but if the Angels are losing so much and Not Caring is an ingredient of winning, by definition, they must be caring. 11) Obviously, they're not expecting to win every game. And meeting those expectations quite well.
Your original is nothing but unsubstantiated opinions about things you obviously don't know anything about. You using totally meaningless terms like "playing with hair on fire" while also accusing the team with the second best record in the AL of "thinking they've accomplished something".
Your post is 100% without substance; there's absolutely nothing in it that gives anyone any reason whatsoever to take it seriously. Why would I or anyone else then respond with substantive points? It's obvious that to you strong opinions without facts makes a good post. So...I'll just stick with mindless, fact-free posts so we're both on the occupying the same ground.
Mr, Man, good input, but we're talking about the Oakland Athletics in this post, not the Angels.
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