Who Would Make the Oakland Athletics’ All-Time 25-Man Roster?
The Athletics are one of the most storied franchises in baseball history, having existed since 1901. Over that time, they’ve won nine World Championships and 15 American League pennants. The A’s started in Philadelphia, of course, before moving to Kansas City in 1955 and eventually becoming today’s Oakland Athletics in 1968.
With a franchise that has been around for so long, there are plenty of players who have made an impact and helped to create history. The A’s have five retired numbers, as well the league-wide retirement of “42” for Jackie Robinson. There are 38 former A’s in the Baseball Hall of Fame, in addition to six former managers. The Athletics are certainly a key part of the fabric of baseball.
As the current A’s front office tries to create the best possible roster for next season, the Swingin’ A’s staff took a look back on the history of the franchise. If the organization were to create a 25-man roster now using any player in franchise history, who would they pick?
Rosters have changed over time, and in Oakland especially, flexibility is key. But for this roster, we went with a five-man rotation and seven-man bullpen, as well as eight starting fielders. On the bench, we selected two infielders, two outfielders, and a backup catcher.
After the staff voted on each position, the editors worked together to compile the final list. Spot a snub or see someone who didn’t deserve to make the cut? Feel free to sound off in the comments below!
Now, without further adeiu, let’s check out the past and present Athletics’ stars who would be on the all-time roster:
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