In ESPN The Magazine's annual ranking of 122 pro sports teams, the Oakland Athletics continue to fall and are now MLB's worst-ranked team.
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Remembering two A's playoff debuts
With Julio Urias set to become the youngest starter in postseason history on Wednesday, David Schoenfield looks back at the other 10 youngest pitchers to start a playoff game. Two Athletics -- Bullet Joe Bush (20 years, 316 days) in 1913 and Chief Bender (21 years, 158 days) in 1905 -- make the list, with each posting a complete-game win in a World Series game. A talented group (Insider)
The Athletics announced the hiring of Chip Hale, who served as their bench coach prior to managing the Diamondbacks, as their new third-base coach on Tuesday.
Barreto has big day in AFL
No. 1 Athletics prospect Franklin Barreto went 4-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, two RBIs, two stolen bases and a walk hitting leadoff for the Mesa Solar Sox in Arizona Fall League action on Tuesday. Box score
Salary arbitration projections: Athletics
All estimates via Matt Swartz and MLB Trade Rumors' projection model:
- Danny Valencia - $5.3 million
- Yonder Alonso - $4.1 million
- Khris Davis - $5.0 million
- Stephen Vogt - $3.7 million
- Sonny Gray - $3.7 million
- Liam Hendriks - $1.0 million MLBTradeRumors.com
Franklin Barreto disappointing in AFL
One of baseball's top prospects, Barreto has proven susceptible to outside sliders and is even making mistakes on defense, which is usually one of his strengths, Keith Law writes. Law: More AFL scouting notes (Insider)
Remembering Campaneris' LCS heroics
Few people could have predicted Miguel Montero's pinch-hit grand slam on Saturday, but was it the most unlikely in LCS history? Bert Campaneris, who had a mere 27 extra-base hits in 151 games in 1973, could claim the title for his blast in Game 3 of that year's ALCS. Schoenfield: Improbable LCS homers
Former Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale is reportedly the top candidate for the Athletics' third-base coach opening.
Two Athletics solid in AFL action
Top prospect Franklin Barreto went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League on Friday. Frankie Montas, acquired from the Dodgers in the Rich Hill/Josh Reddick trade, threw three scoreless innings, striking out one. Box score
Barreto K's three times in AFL debut
Franklin Barreto, the Athletics' No. 1 prospect and the key to the Josh Donaldson trade, struck out three times while batting second for the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday. Box score
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred expects news within a year regarding potential plans for the Athletics to build a new ballpark in Oakland.
Hank Aaron Award finalists: AL West
The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to a player recognized as the most outstanding offensive performer in his league. Fans can vote for their selections on MLB.com or on Twitter. Here are the nominees for each AL West team:
- Houston Astros: Jose Altuve
- Los Angeles Angels: Mike Trout
- Oakland Athletics: Khris Davis
- Seattle Mariners: Nelson Cruz
- Texas Rangers: Adrian Beltre
Worst home attendance in 2016
- Tampa Bay Rays - 1.29 million
- Oakland Athletics - 1.52 million
- Cleveland Indians - 1.59 million MLB attendance figures
The job of pitching coach Curt Young could be in jeopardy following a difficult year for the Oakland staff.
Billy Beane "feels good" about the young pitchers the A's have assembled, but the team could be open to pursuing a veteran if he was the right fit.
Healy earns Rookie of the Month honors
Ryon Healy was named the AL Rookie of the Month for September after batting .355 with 19 runs scored, nine doubles, seven home runs and 19 RBIs. This is his first career monthly award. MLB.com
Athletics' longest homers of 2016
All distances calculated by ESPN's Home Run Tracker:
- Khris Davis - 473 feet (9/12)
- Ryon Healy - 472 feet (9/15)
- Ryon Healy - 453 feet (9/13)
- Danny Valencia - 451 feet (5/28)
- Khris Davis - 448 feet (4/27)
Athletics finish near cellar of rankings
The A's ended the season in last place in the AL West for the second straight year and fell two losses short of the No. 2 pick in the draft. Instead, they'll be picking sixth. Week 26 Power Rankings
What's next for the Athletics?
With Oakland missing the postseason yet again, Jim Bowden lays out three objectives for the team this offseason. Among the priorities is improving the defense and getting key players healthy. To-do lists for eliminated teams (Insider)
Stephen Vogt hit his 14th home run in the first inning on the only pitch he saw on the last day of the season and the Oakland Athletics held on for a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.
Lineup: Athletics (68-93) at Mariners (86-75)
- 1. Marcus Semien, SS (R)
- 2. Joey Wendle, 2B (L)
- 3. Stephen Vogt, DH (L)
- 4. Ryon Healy, 3B (R)
- 5. Yonder Alonso, 1B (L)
- 6. Bruce Maxwell, C (L)
- 7. Brett Eibner, CF (R)
- 8. Matt Olson, RF (L)
- 9. Jake Smolinski, LF (R)
- SP: Sean Manaea, RHP
Edwin Diaz allowed a run in the 10th inning, and the Seattle Mariners playoff hopes ended with a 9-8 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.
Jim Caple ESPN Senior Writer
Mariners lose 9-8 in 10 innings to Oakland, knocking them out of the wild card race. Their postseason drought is now 15 years, longest active in majors. But at least fans got to enjoy a shot at the postseason the final weekend, which is better than has been the case many past years.
What's the story of the 2016 A's?
The Athletics will finish last in the AL West, but at least Khris Davis' bat provided some excitement. Jayson Stark looks back on the defining themes, numbers and memories of Oakland's regular season. Beyond the Ivy
Robinson Cano hit two home runs, Taijuan Walker pitched six effective innings and the Mariners moved within one game of the second AL wild-card spot, beating the Athletics 5-1 Friday night.