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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Chili Davis leaves A’s

Chili Davis is leaving the A’s to become batting coach for the Red Sox. It is a big deal — a big bad deal for the A’s. Chili is a great hitting coach. He works long hours. And he is a great guy. I have a theory why he left the A’s — I have not talked to him about it. I can almost guarantee the Sox are paying him more money, the money he deserves. I can almost guarantee… Read More »

A’s lose

The A’s had a 4-run lead going into the bottom of the 8th and lost. This game was a microcosm of their season — start out fast and fold.

A’s almost win

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the latest A’s loss. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — Give the Oakland A’s credit. They almost won on Wednesday. Almost winning is almost good. They almost beat the L.A. Angels, losing by the close score of 5-4. They were down 5-0 going into the bottom of the seventh inning and, in a stirring rally that made the fans happy, scored four runs, which was almost enough. It’s just that… Read More »

Say a prayer for the A’s

Here is a link to my Friday column about the Oakland A’s. The full text runs below: OAKLAND That awful smell coming from the Oakland Coliseum is not the stench of sewage. It’s the Oakland A’s. They stink of death. Call it near-death. The A’s are enduring a near-death experience that could turn into final and ultimate death, as in kaput. Real soon. On Thursday, they lost their third game in a row to the Texas Rangers — this time… Read More »

A’s can’t hit

Here is a link to my column about the A’s 2-1 loss to Felix Hernandez and the Mariners. The full text runs below: OAKLAND The A’s can’t hit. Maybe they’ll hit better some time, some place. But they have only 23 games left and they’re in second place and they’d better hit soon or it’s the dreaded one-game playoff for them. What a comedown for a team that owned the American League West most of this season. On Wednesday, they… Read More »

A’s prep for Angels

Here is a link to my column about the A’s. The full text runs below: OAKLAND A funny thing happened to the Oakland A’s on their way to a three-game weekend series at home against the rival Angels. The New York Mets happened to the A’s. The Mets are not supposed to happen to anyone. The Mets are a young team, a pretty bad team. The A’s had beaten them Tuesday in the first game of a two-game series that… Read More »

What the A’s have to do

Here is a link to my Monday column about the Oakland A’s and Bob Melvin. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — This is a cautionary tale about the Oakland A’s. On Sunday morning before his team lost to the Twins 6-1, A’s manager Bob Melvin sat in his usual place on the dugout bench. It was his pregame news conference. After the beat writers had asked their nuts-and-bolts questions about who was and wasn’t playing, about who was hurt,… Read More »

Jonny Gomes is back

Here is a link to my column on Jonny Gomes. The full column runs below: OAKLAND — Petaluma’s Jonny Gomes is an independent thinker. I asked him some questions Wednesday morning, Gomes who returned to the A’s in the Yoenis-Cespedis-for-Jon-Lester trade. Just about every time, Gomes reinterpreted the question or disputed the question in a polite way. It showed he was listening instead of answering on auto-pilot, as many big leaguers do. Here’s what I mean. I said, “I wonder… Read More »

Jon Lester wins first A’s start

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Jon Lester’s first win for the A’s. The full text runs below: OAKLAND ­— It was real basic. Show us what you’ve got, Jon Lester. Show us your stuff. Show us who you are. Just show us. The Oakland A’s didn’t trade power-hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, didn’t rent Lester for two months to get some nibbler, some cutie pie. They traded for dominance and for power. They traded to go all… Read More »

A’s acquire Jon Lester — Lowell’s column

Here is a link to my column about the Oakland A’s and Jon Lester. The full text runs below. It’s fun to be Billy Beane. He has so many toys to play with. He just got another toy, lefty Jon Lester, a top-five pitcher in baseball. It sure is fun to be Billy Beane. Billy used to field a good team, a respectable team, but the pitchers always had flaws which showed up in the postseason. The pitchers were too… Read More »