Oakland Athletics Roundup: Felix Doubront and Terrence Long; Plus, A Season Ends


Oakland Athletics Roundup: Monday, October 5

The A’s season is finally over. It’s a merciful end to a year that was not just disappointing, but hard to watch at times. The Oakland Athletics struggled with fundamentals, relief pitching, defense, timely hitting – and more than anything, one-run games. The A’s record in one-run games is what truly did them in, and if they could have had those games back, they would have finished closer to the top of the division rather than the bottom.

That doesn’t mean the team can’t turn it around next season. There are plenty of things to build on, and we’ll be here at Swingin’ A’s to help you get your baseball fix throughout the off-season. Don’t forget to check back often – even though there won’t be meaningful games in Oakland for the next six months, there’s plenty to examine about what worked for the team, what didn’t, and how they can return to their postseason glory in 2016.

In Case You Missed It:

Felix Doubront is Not the Veteran the A’s Need in the Rotation – Samantha Riley took a look at Felix Doubront‘s impact on the A’s since he was picked up at the end of the season. Check out why she believes the A’s shouldn’t look to him as a veteran presence in their rotation.

Long Gone: Remembering Terrence Long – Daniel Martinez sent us back in time to a better era, when Terrence Long was a special player for the A’s. What was “T-Long”‘s impact on the Athletics?

A’s Forgettable 2015 Season Comes to an End – The A’s season ended so much differently than it began. If you were judging by first impressions, Oakland’s Opening Day game definitely gave the impression that the Athletics would still be playing in October.


Around the Web:

A’s Clubhouse Chemistry An Issue – The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser explains how the Athletics’ clubhouse chemistry just didn’t quite “gel” in 2015 – an issue that could have had a major impact on the A’s season.

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