There is something about the Athletics that makes them one of the surprise teams practically every season. They have one of the lowest payrolls, play in arguably the worst stadium and regularly rank near the bottom feeders in home attendance.
But here we are, moving past the quarter-pole, and the AL West leaders are looking like something out of the California Chrome storybook.
Bob Melvin, who might be the only three-time Manager of the Year fired by two organizations (Mariners and Diamondbacks), keeps his team as well prepared as any team in the big leagues
from one series to the next. There is a quiet confidence about him that rubs off on his players.
And speaking of the A’s, there is a new book out on legendary announcer Bill King, written by current play-by-play radio voice Ken Korach. It’s called Holy Toledo: Lessons From Bill King, Renaissance Man of the Mic. It’s available at Amazon.com.
And here are this week’s GW rankings:
1. Athletics (2): Nine wins in their past 10 games has given Oakland a comfy lead in the AL West
2. Giants (1): Being the No. 2 team in the Bay Area, rankings-wise, really isn’t such a bad thing
3. Angels (7): Mike Trout front-runner for “son of the year” award, giving mom new car for mom’s day
4. Rockies (4): Coors Field could become known as “the home for triple plays”. It’s three and counting
5. Dodgers (6): Who was that Clayton Kershaw imposter on the mound Saturday night in Phoenix?
6. Rangers (3): The injury-plagued team is more than halfway from a 25-man disabled list roster
7. Padres (8): Kudos to skipper Bud Black for going 2-for-2 in replay reversals in one inning!
8. Mariners (5): One step forward, two steps back seems to be an annual occurrence for the M’s
9. Diamondbacks (9): With Tony LaRussa now running the show, job-security is down in the desert
10. Astros (10): In the good news department, ‘Stros didn’t win 16th game last season until May 29
(Last week’s ranking in parenthesis)