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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Billy Beane betrayed Bob Melvin

Here is a link to my column about Billy Beane’s betrayal of Bob Melvin. It’s on the web now, in the PD Thursday. The full text runs below: Billy Beane continues to betray A’s manager Bob Melvin. Beane pretends he’s helping Melvin, pretends he’s getting value for players he trades away, pretends he’s remaking the team into something better. You don’t have to believe that blatant propaganda. Beane has made the team worse. He has divested the A’s of four… Read More »

The A’s just break your heart

Here is a link to my Monday column about the A’s trading Josh Donaldson. The full text runs below: Happy Holiday Season. As a special present to you, the Oakland A’s fan, your team traded its best player, Josh Donaldson, for four guys. One of the guys is shortstop Franklin Barreto who’s supposed to be the bee’s knees according to some calculation or other the Money Ball smart guys use. According to one down-to-earth calculation Barreto is 18 years old,… Read More »

A’s win World Series early

Here is a link to my Thursday column after the A’s signed Billy Butler. The full text runs below: The Oakland A’s are a great offseason team. One of the best. No club wins a pennant or a world championship in the offseason like the A’s. The A’s, under the stewardship of Billy Beane, just pulled off another major offseason coup. They signed former Royals DH Billy Butler to a three-year contract. People are falling all over themselves praising Beane… Read More »

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 »