Sep 9, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics left fielder Coco Crisp (4) collides into the wall on a double by Houston Astros center fielder Carlos Gomez (not pictured) during the fifth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
2015 was not a great season for the Oakland Athletics. They encountered numerous problems that they ultimately could not overcome. This led to a losing season with a 68-94 record. They wound up finishing last in the American League West.
There were some bright moments through the 162 games. For example, the emergence of Billy Burns and Mark Canha. These two rookies are now considered the core that the A’s front office wants to build around for the future. Additionally, Sonny Gray defied all predictions by finding more success in 2015 rather than digressing. He was even nominated for the 2015 AL Gold Glove and Cy Young Award. Although he did not win either, to be nominated at such a young age shows that he is truly a great pitching talent.
At times it look as though the team may have been making a come back, but they were just not able to pull it together this year. Once the season finally ended, a lot of their problems were blamed on the lack of chemistry in the clubhouse. And, the negative outlook coupled with the losing record only continued to push the Oakland Athletics further into a downward spiral.
However, team chemistry was not the only thing that went wrong for the Oakland Athletics this season. There were numerous other factors that led to their demise. It is time to take a look at the top five things that contributed to the A’s losing season.
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