How's Spring training going for your favorite team?

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 M&M and Associates - Turlock Real Estate
Not quite a week in and there is a lot of positive feelings flowing throught the Oakland A's spring training camp.  Most everyone who will check in have checked in, pitchers are working off the mound, and Bob Geren is hopefully learning all the names of his newbies.

Some of the highlights being reported:

  • A's newest starting catcher, Kurt Suzuki has bulked up over the off season and is a bigger, more agile backstop that he was last year after he took over starting catcher in the wake of Kendall leaving.  He is making strides as a catcher and a team leader.  According to Geren, the pitchers are happy to throw to the young vetand to receive his feedback.
  • Jack Cust has also bulked up and is working hard to imporve his skills as the team's returning DH.
  • Harden and Blanton are throwing well, Gaudin is stretching it out and will be throwing off the mound in March.
  • Justin Duchescher will likely be added into the starting rotation along with Chad Gaudin and Rich Harden.
  • Announcing his retirement from the game, Jeremy Brown (of catching and Moneyball fame), he was replaced with Matt Lecroy as a minor league catcher who could possibly be brought up at some point..
  • The 40th anniversary of the Athletic's being in Oakland could surprise a lot of people.

Anyone who has a chance, check in with some news on how spring training is going for their favs!

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Jim Patton
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Good morning Adam.  I'm looking forward to the first pitch in Tokyo.  I'm also looking forward to seeing Rich Harden pitch this year.  From everything I've read he's healty and ready to go.  This has got to be his make or break year I would think.  Of course if he comes out and tears up the league he could get traded. Oh well thats baseball.
Feb 19, 2008 01:35 PM #1
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Jonathan Sprouffske
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Although all eyes are on Dave Niehaus up here right now, I think with the recent pitching changes the Mariners might be ready to take down the A's again this year and hopefully the Angels as well.
Feb 20, 2008 11:40 AM #2
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Danny Thornton
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Adam, I can tell you that the Braves will be focusing on locking up Mark Teixeira for a long time to come.
Feb 20, 2008 01:57 PM #3
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Adam Dalton
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Jim- I just picked up Moneyball and am starting it tonight.  Have you read it?

Johnathan- I think I picked the Mariners in the Al West in my picks.  I think they've got a good shot.

Danny- The Braves are my Grandma's team (I don't know why exactly) so I keep tabs on them for her every once in a while.  They better lock him up too, I imagine a 1st baseman hitting over .300 is a viable asset to any team willing to pay for him.

Feb 20, 2008 02:08 PM #4
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Jim Patton
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Adam - Yes I have read Moneyball.  Very interesting book, it really gives you an Idea of how Billy Bean thinks.
Feb 20, 2008 05:38 PM #5
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Colton Daines
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Moneyball is a great book. The A's a a bay area team so I ruite for them but I'm a Giants fan. Should be interesting this year.
Feb 20, 2008 06:42 PM #6
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