Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More A's Presence at All Star Game Greater Than Cook

Last night's All Star game actually had quite the Athletics presence when you go beyond just the current team's sole representative Ryan Cook.

NL Pitching Coach Dave Duncan --Catcher: 1967-1972, Pitching Coach: 1986-1995
NL Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez -- Outfielder:  2008-2009
NL Pitcher Gio Gonzalez -- Pitcher: 2008-2011
NL Outfielder Matt Holliday -- Outfielder: 2009 (Partial Season)
NL Manager Tony LaRussa -- Second Base and Shortstop: 1963, 1968-1971; Manager: 1986-1995
NL Hitting Coach Mark McGwire -- First Base: 1986-1997 (Partial Season)
AL Manager Bob Melvin -- Manager: 2011 (Partial Season) - Present
NL Pitcher Huston Street -- Pitcher: 2005-2008
AL Manager Ron Washington -- Infield and Third Base Coach: 1996-2006

Cook had a nice night:

1.0 IP; 0 R; 2 K; 11 Pitches, 8 for Strikes.

He faced Bryce Harper, Carlos Ruiz and David Wright. Wright and Ruiz are numbers three and four, respectively in terms of top batting average in the National League. He induced a pop-out from Ruiz and struck our Wright.

These Trades Will Haunt You

This trade was an absolute steal for the Rockies (aside from Smith who was nothing special). Street saved 84 games for the Rockies over the next three years and Carlos Gonzalez has blossomed into one of the best in the game with a batting average of .314 and an OPS of .932 in his time with the team. 

Both were All Stars this year, as was Matt Holliday who the A's didn't even keep for a full season and traded in July of 2009 to the St. Louis Cardinals for prospects -- several of which have, in turn, been traded.

Here is what the A's ultimately ended up with for two pretty good players:

Infielder Brett Wallace -- traded to Toronto Blue Jays for Michael Taylor (AAA)
Pitcher Clayton Mortsensen -- traded to Colorado Rockies for Ethan Hollingsworth
Outfielder Shane Peterson -- currently in AAA

Awful, awful trade unless one of these prospects blossoms into something better than CarGo -- which, at the moment, seems unlikely.

Just Two More Days

If you can't stand another off day, check out the A's Class A Advanced affiliate the Stockton Ports who are at home taking on the Bakersfield Blaze at 7:05 p.m. Ian Krol is on the bump. Free audio is available here.

Check Your Attic

You might just stumble upon a vintage Rollie Fingers card. Or, better yet a stack of vintage cards including A's legend Connie Mack.

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