Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo

News

All News | Prime News

Old-School Newsstand


Contributors

Jim Furtado
Founder & Publisher
Repoz
Editor - Baseball Primer

Syndicate

Mvp Newsbeat

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Grantland:Barumann:Josh Donaldson, Secret Star

Even the Moneyball A’s had stars in Miguel Tejada, Eric Chavez, and those three starting pitchers, but a decade later, Oakland has turned into an oubliette for baseball celebrity, an egalitarian utopia in which there are neither stars nor scrubs, but only 90-win seasons and division championship banners. While the Phillies, Angels, and perhaps eventually the Yankees wade through the waste and carnage of the failure of brute economic force, Oakland keeps chugging along as the kibbutz, a thriving socialist conclave succeeding on its own terms out of sight.

Oakland has good players, of course, but they’re middle relievers. Or they’re players like Jed Lowrie and Coco Crisp, whose production outstrips their reputation. Or they’re young pitchers like Sonny Gray, and given the rash of severe injuries to young pitchers — not least of all Oakland’s — we know better now than to fall in love with those.

It’s a clever narrative, but I don’t grant Scott’s premise. If the A’s don’t have a star, it’s only because we’ve yet to decide that Josh Donaldson is one.

Shooty Survived the Shutdown of '14! Posted: May 22, 2014 at 09:17 AM | 14 comment(s)
  Beats: mullet, mvp, oakland a's

 

 

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Downtown Bookie
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogPhoto of the day: Bill Murray, indy league ticket-taker
(76 - 7:41pm, Sep 01)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogAstros Fire Bo Porter
(32 - 7:40pm, Sep 01)
Last: greenback calls it soccer

NewsblogRobothal: Changed [Manny] Ramirez enjoyed helping Cubs prospects grow
(3 - 7:20pm, Sep 01)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogTigers' Miguel Cabrera appears to re-injure ankle, leaves game
(15 - 7:17pm, Sep 01)
Last: Srul Itza

NewsblogAthletics Acquire Adam Dunn
(40 - 7:13pm, Sep 01)
Last: Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66)

NewsblogOT: Politics, September, 2014: ESPN honors Daily Worker sports editor Lester Rodney
(11 - 7:11pm, Sep 01)
Last: Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio

NewsblogNo-hitter! Four Phillies pitchers combine to blank the Braves
(7 - 7:09pm, Sep 01)
Last: Joey B.: posting for the kids of northeast Ohio

NewsblogNitkowski: Wanted: Major League manager...sort of.
(4 - 6:39pm, Sep 01)
Last: The Duke

NewsblogExtreme Moneyball: The Houston Astros Go All In on Data Analysis
(7 - 6:35pm, Sep 01)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogBob Melvin calls Athletics 'pathetic' after Angels sweep four-game set
(22 - 6:34pm, Sep 01)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - September 2014
(2 - 6:32pm, Sep 01)
Last: Lance Reddick! Lance him!

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014
(974 - 6:20pm, Sep 01)
Last: jmurph

NewsblogOT: Politics, August 2014: DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video
(6357 - 5:53pm, Sep 01)
Last: Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 9-1-2014
(39 - 5:53pm, Sep 01)
Last: cardsfanboy

NewsblogBackman named PCL’s top manager
(21 - 5:35pm, Sep 01)
Last: ReggieThomasLives

Page rendered in 0.7432 seconds
47 querie(s) executed