Tagged: Ryan Sweeney

Spring Training, A-Rod, the Dreaded DL

The A’s usually start off slow whether it’s Spring Training or the regular season.  It can be frustrating but the second half of the season is always fun.  But it always comes down to how much the A’s sucked the first half.  I don’t really pay to much attention to the Spring Training games but I must admit now that they are winning my interest is being perked.

The first game the A’s tied 3-3 vs. the Brewers, then the A’s lost 3-1 vs. the Angels, which did hurt a little because I always want to beat them.  Whether it is Spring Training or not there is a bit of a rivalry that has been building up.  They finally won against Cleveland a wopping 1-0 and then of course lost a couple more.  Last time I checked the standings A’s were in dead last and the Mariners were in first. Then we, YES WE!, beat the White Sox, GIANTS, Mariners, and of course don’t let me forget South Africa.  South Africa?  I never knew they played baseball in South Africa, at least we won. 

Now the A’s are 4-4 and no longer in last, but Angels are 7-1. I know it’s Spring Training but don’t you still hate to see your team behind their rival?  The Angels don’t have K-Rod, which is huge, I not only don’t like the guy but he kills most opponents he faces.  If only they could get rid of Lackey, then I would know for sure I was right all along and their really is a God. 

All teams have been overshadowed this Spring Training by A-rod. First it’s Torre’s book, then it’s Steroids, now it’s a cyst on his hip and apparent labrum tear.  Now the big question is ooooo does he get surgery or doesn’t he?  I say big woop!!!  My question is, are the A’s healthy.  They were on the DL around 25 times in 2008.  Yankees are big babies wondering about one guy having surgery.  Let’s revisit the A’s stints on the DL and who ended up going under the knife.

Heart of the Game.jpgDL TRANSACTIONS

3/25/2008: Eric Chavez 15-day DL

3/25/2008: Chad Gaudin 15-day DL

3/25/2008: Kiko Calero 15-day DL later put on 60-day DL

4/8/2008: Chad Gaudin off DL

4/8/2008: Justin Duchscherer 15-day DL

4/10/2008: Rich Harden 15-day DL

4/20/2008: Keith Foulke DL

4/24/2008: Travis Buck 15-day DL

4/24/2008: Eric Chavez transferred to 60-day DL

4/26/2008: Justin Duchscherer off DL

5/9/2008: Foulke off DL

5/10/2008:  Buck off DL – sent to AAA

5/11/2008: Harden off DL

5/11/2008: Chris Denorfia 15-day DL

5/16/2008: Santiago Casilla 15-day DL

5/19/2008: Donnie Murphy 15-day DL

5/20/2008: Andrew Brown 15-day DL

5/22/2008: Denorfia off DL

5/29/2008: Chavez off DL

5/29/2008: Frank Thomas 15-day DL

5/30/2008: Calero off DL

5/30/2008: Joey Devine 15-day DL

5/30/2008: Mike Sweeney 15-day DL

5/30/2008: Ryan Sweeney 15-day DL

6/8/2008: A. Brown off DL

6/13/2008: R. Sweeney off DL

6/19/2008: Casilla off DL

6/20/2008: Murphy off DL

7/2/2008: Eric Chavez 15-day DL

7/4/2008: Keith Foulke 15-day DL

7/5/2008: Bobby Crosby 15-day DL

7/8/2008: Mike Sweeney transferred to 60-day DL

7/18/2008: Crosby off DL

7/19/2008: Daric Barton 15-day DL

7/31/2008: Thomas off DL

8/1/2008: Andrew Brown 15-day DL

8/1/2008: Barton off DL

8/2/2008: Devine off DL

8/6/2008: Eric Chavez transferred (once again) to the 60-day DL

8/13/2008: Ryan Sweeney 15-day DL

8/21/2008: Justin Duchscherer 15-day DL

8/21/2008: Sean Gallagher 15-day DL

8/28/2008: R. Sweeney off DL

8/30/2008: Frank Thomas 15-day DL

8/30/2008: Foulke off DL

9/3/2008: M. Sweeney off DL

9/3/2008: Frank Thomas transferred to 60-day DL

9/10/2008: Sean Gallagher off DL

9/21/2008: Mark Ellis 60-day DL

10/3/2008: Duchscherer off DL

11/3/2008: Frank Thomas off DL

11/14/2008: Brown, Chavez, and Ellis off DL (big woop the season is over)



September 2007: Eric Chavez -Shoulder

October 2007: Eric Chavez – Back

March 2008: Chad Gaudin – Hip (minor)

May 2008: Mike Sweeney – Knee

July 2008: Eric Chavez – Shoulder

September 2008: Marc Ellis – Shoulder, Travis Buck – Elbow

October 2008: Daric Barton – Hip, Greg Smith – Elbow

Granted we don’t have Greg Smith, Frank Thomas, Mike Sweeney and a few others but for us to have a successful season Duke, Chavy and Ellis have to stay healthy. Maybe Ellis and Chavy aren’t stars with the bat but what they do on the field and in the clubhouse would be a huge loss if they were out for an extended period of time.  This trend must end! 

Go A’s!!!   










Oakland ‘A’ To Watch!

Right now the big news involving the A’s are the acquisitions of Giambi, Holliday, Cabrera and Nomar. The big question for A’s fans is, “What’s going to happen with Crosby?”  While I love the guys we were able to obtain, and at this point I don’t really care about what happens to Crosby the guy everyone should keep an eye on is Ryan Sweeney.  Even for those of you who don’t even care about the A’s he is at least some good eye candy.


Ryan Sweeney 2Ryan Sweeney just turned 24, which is still young and he can learn a lot from the vets we have acquired but he is capable of a lot on his own.  The A’s got him in the Swisher trade, when Swish was sent off to the White Sox not long after all of us A’s fans were stoked that he signed for six years.  Apparently that doesn’t matter, signed just means we will keep you around but if we can get rid of you for something we think will help us in the long run then we can get rid of you any time we want.  Baseball is a crazy, crazy game. 

Sweeney played the first two years of his career with the White Sox, but he only played a combined 33 games. This ironically enough was Swisher’s old number. Hmmmmm…. A coincidence? Well no matter how much the players don’t want to admit it; it’s a very superstitious game. Hey Giants! Does Zito still have his teddy bears?

The Numbers:






















In my opinion a .286 is a pretty good average, he’s not a power guy but he does put the ball in play and he does get on base.  In 2008 he had 110 hits with 18 doubles and 3 triples, and was only walked 38 times, with a .350 OBP.  I think this year he will be closer to a .300 hitter, 10 homeruns and around 60 RBI. I’m not a numbers person and I’m just pulling these numbers out of a place the sun doesn’t shine unless I’m on my balcony where no one can see me, but I think he is a guy to watch.  I think he has a good bat, he is one of the better outfielders and he has speed.  Just by watching this guy last season he has a lot going for him, plus a great attitude, which these days can be hard to find.  But I must say the A’s have been pretty lucky in the personality department.

Basically, I just want to put it out there that I think Ryan Sweeney is going to be the guy to watch. Sure people are interested in seeing how these new vets are going to do but the A’s are known for getting good young talent and Sweeney is no exception. We’ll see how close this non numbers person got on her predictions.  But I really do hate predictions because anything can happen. I just want my team to stay healthy. 

I have to close this with a quote from a chick I overheard talking about baseball, “How can anyone like baseball, they only hit like 20% of the time.”


Ryan Sweeney 1Go A’s!