NUMBER 4: Josh Reddick
Josh Reddick made his debut for the Athletics at the start of the 2012 season after being obtained from the Red Sox and quickly became a fan favorite. With Reddick in right field, the A’s had a strong outfield with Yoenis Cespedes in left and Coco Crisp in center. Reddick whacked 32 HRs and 85 RBIs in 2012, both career highs, as he helped guide the A’s to win the AL West, who later fell to the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS. At the end of the season, he was named the 2012 AL Gold Glove winner for right field.
Reddick had a tough 2013 with wrist problems that saw him on and off the DL. The wrist affected the power he had from the previous season. On Aug 9 vs. the Toronto Blue Jays, Reddick hit three home runs in a single game for the first time in his career in a 14-6 rout. On the next day, he homered twice more against Toronto. The total of five home runs in two games tied the Major League record for most home runs in consecutive games. In two days, Reddick doubled his home run production from five to ten for the season. Two weeks later, Reddick was back on the disabled list and returned Sept. 9 with more production. From when he hit the 5 HRs to the end of the season, Reddick was back to his old self with a .285 BA. But, fell in the ALDS hitting only .235 as the A’s fell – again – to the Tigers in five games.
After undergoing offseason wrist surgery, the 2014 season didn’t begin well for Reddick as his glove and arm remained as good as ever, but he searched for his bat. He had a poor April and May and found himself on the DL on May 31. His returned for four games, but went back on the DL.
Reddick came back for good on July 22 as he introduced George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” as his walk-up song. He hit eight homers in 200 plate appearances in the second half. Reddick was the Athletics most productive hitter at a time the club was slumping from MLB’s best record to getting into the Wild Card on the last day of the season. Reddick carried that production into the Wild Card play-in game going 2-4 in the losing affair
2015 saw Reddick back to his 2012 form, batting .272 with 20 HRs and was a finalist again for a Gold Glove.
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