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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 »

Future of A’s and Raiders, sort of

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the A’s stadium deal. The full text runs below: Today, the Alameda Board of Supervisors meets to vote on the proposed 10-year lease for the Oakland A’s at the O.co Coliseum. Everyone expects the vote to be a slam-dunk approval — and pardon the mixing of sports metaphors. There are no slam dunks in baseball, but there will be a slam dunk on this vote. But in sports, as in life, things never… Read More »

A’s vs. Giants

I find it interesting that the A’s, who have the best record in baseball, are adding two big-time pitchers to make the team even better, and the Giants, who are doing a fast fade, so far have done nothing.