A’s constant competitive ambition is admirable

Alright, you may have to bear with me a little bit here, as I am not 100% sure how I want to present this except to say this is what I say about the A’s A LOT of the time and ESPN’s Buster Olney said it in his “Insiders Only” piece on Saturday called,

The Athletics drive to contend is admirable in today’s times.

It IS admirable and using both Olney’s statistics and my own, I intend to show you exactly why their drive to contend has not only been successful but beyond that, that most team’s in their situation would not or choose not to try to compete. Instead they tank and have a long stretch of terrible years – only to reemerge with a lot of high draft picks who are ready for the big leagues.

It reminded me a lot of a similar piece that I wrote for Today’s Knuckleball that talked about how the A’s had their own unique way of “rebuilding.” It went on to explore how they’ve been able to maintain a high level of competitiveness despite having one of the league’s lowest payrolls and having to be creative in creating platoons that will put up similar numbers to those exhibited by the big name free agents that they cannot afford.

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About Jen Rainwater

Avid MLB fan and all-around sports enthusiast! Featured MLB Columnist at FanRag Sports Network & Today's Knuckleball. Organizational Affiliations: Lifetime IBWAA, AWSM and BBBA member.

Posted on February 28, 2016, in MLB Reports and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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