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Stadium: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Manager: Brandon Hyde

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Oakland Athletics Summary 

The Oakland Athletics come into 2022 off a 86-76 record for 2021, which put them in third place in the AL West division and saw them miss the postseason by six games. Their 2021 season was the first time the Athletics missed the postseason since 2017 when the team finished last with a 75-87 record. The Athletics will have an uphill battle going into 2022, with the AL West being dominated by the Houston Astros as of late and the team losing players to free agency during the 2021 offseason.

The Athletics have purchased the contracts of five players from the minors in preparation for the 2022 season. The team was also able to re-sign a number of players heading to arbitration if the Athletics didn’t make a deal with these players. The Athletics also has a new manager going into 2022. With these changes, the Athletics hope to have a fighting chance in 2022 for a postseason berth with those deals.

Oakland Athletics History 

The Oakland Athletics have been around since 1901 but under a couple of different names throughout their history. When the team started in the American League in 1901, they were known as the Philadelphia Athletics. In 1955, the team would move to Kansas City for 13 years and be known as the Kansas City Athletics.

New owner Arnold Johnson made a move to Kansas City for monetary reasons. Reports also rumored that the New York Yankees played a role in the sale of the Athletics to Johnson. The two clubs would make 16 trades in the five years after Johnson took over the Athletics, leaving people to speculate that the Yankees were using the Athletics as a major league farm club.

By the end of the 1960 season, Johnson would sell the team to Charles Finley, who immediately wanted to take the team out of Kansas City. His wish would come true when he moved the team to Oakland to start the 1968 baseball season. While the Athletics haven’t found the World Series success they had in their beginning years in Philadelphia, the team has had some good years in their time in Oakland.

2022 Key Stats 

2021 saw the Athletics with some offensive numbers that were a mixed bag for the team. The Athletics would finish 2021 ranked sixth in runs, 11th in hits, and eighth in home runs among the 15 teams in the AL. The Athletics pitching staff would finish sixth in ERA among 15 teams in the AL for 2021.

Matt Olson was one of the offensive leaders for the Athletics in 2021. The first baseman will be returning for 2022, looking to improve on his team-leading 39 home runs, 111 RBI’s, and .271 batting average. If Olson can keep up his performance from 2021 in 2022, then the Athletics season might see them make some offensive waves.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Athletics will have their top starting pitcher, Chris Bassitt, back for 2022. While Bassitt’s numbers are the best in the league, they were the best for the Athletics. He finished 2021 with a 12-4 record and an ERA of 3.15, giving him the best winning percentage and ERA among all Athletics starters for 2021.

Championships Won by the Oakland Athletics

The Athletics have won many championship titles since coming to the AL in 1901. The team has nine World Series titles, 15 AL Pennants, and 17 AL West Division titles over their time in the league. The best years for the Athletics making the World Series were when the team was in Philadelphia.

Their 1901-1954 years in Philadelphia would see the Athletics win the World Series in 1910, 1911, 1913, 1929, and 1930. The team would also win the AL Pennant in 1902, 1905, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1914, 1929, 1930, and 1931.  So over half of the biggest titles have been won in the team’s early years in the league.

After their move to Oakland, the team would win the World Series in 1972, 1973, 1974, 1989. The team would also win the AL Pennant in 1972, 1973, 1974, 1988, 1989, and 1990. All of the team’s AL West Division titles came while the team was in Oakland. Those division titles would come in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013, and 2020.

Important Team Events

The Athletics have some important rivalry games during the 2022 season. One of the most notable will be the Bay Bridge Series between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants. The rivalry and series name came from the bridge connecting the two cities.

The rivalry isn’t as intense as others in Major League Baseball, but it offers neighboring cities to watch their favorite team play it out on the field. The first two games between the two clubs for 2022 will be played April 26-27 in San Francisco, while San Francisco will play the second set on August 6-7 in Oakland.

2022 will also see the renewal of an old rivalry between the Oakland Athletics and the Philadelphia Phillies, which dates back to the Athletics time in Philadelphia back in their early years. 2022 will see the two clubs meet for a series in Philadelphia from April 8-10.

Top Players 

From their time in Philadelphia to their time in Oakland, the Athletics have a long list of top players. Past top players in Athletics history include first baseman Mark McGwire, left fielder Rickey Henderson, first baseman Jimmie Foxx, outfielder Al Simmons, and pitcher Jack Coombs. These players have records while playing for the Athletics, and some even took the team to World Series victories.

For the 2022 season, the Athletics will look to top players like first baseman Matt Olson, third baseman Matt Chapman, starting pitcher Chris Bassitt, and closer Lou Trivino. These players were the best for the Athletics for the 2021 season, and they will be looking to improve for 2022 to help the Athletics make a postseason push. Newcomers like shortstop Nick Allen and left fielder Cody Thomas have gotten the call up for 2022 and will try to help the Athletics offense improve for the 2022 season.

Top Coaches 

When people look at the Athletics coaches of the past, a few stand out the most. The first is Connie Mack. Mack would manage the Athletics during their time in Philadelphia and holds the record for most wins and losses by a manager in MLB history and is also the longest-serving manager in MLB history. He also has won five World Series titles and nine AL Pennants while with the Athletics.

Dick Williams also stands out, as he has the best winning percentage of all Athletics managers with a .603 average during his three years with the team. Williams cut his time short with the team due to the actions of the team’s owner. Williams would take the Athletics to win the AL West Division title in all of his three years with the team while taking the team on to win two World Series titles.

2022 will see the Athletics look to an entirely new coaching staff. Mark Kotsay will join the Athletics for his first year as manager. The team would also bring on new faces like bench coach Brad Ausmus, hitting coach Tommy Everidge, and assistant hitting coach Chris Cron. With the coaching changes for the 2022 season, the Athletics are looking to newcomers to take them back to the postseason.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Rickey Henderson holds the record with 867 stolen bases while playing for the Athletics.

Mark McGwire holds the record with 365 home runs while playing for the Athletics

The Athletics won a record 103 games during the 2002 season.

Jimmie Foxx holds the record for best on-base percentage with a .440 OBP while with the Athletics.

Al Simmons holds the record for best batting average with a .356 average while playing for the Athletics

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