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Your 2008 Oakland Athletics - A Visual History

This is my attempt to keep track of the revolving door franchise that is the 2008 Oakland A's and provide a visual guide to who's who and how they came to play for the A's...

June 1984 - Drafting Mark McGwire eventually led to Jack Hannahan...

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July 1986 - Signing Mike Bordick introduced Keith Foulke who returned in 2008...

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June 1987 - Drafting Scott Brosius produced Joey Devine...

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June 1992 - Drafting Jason Giambi gave us Joe Blanton who brought in Josh Outman...

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June 1994 - Drafting Ben Grieve produced Mark Ellis, Ryan Sweeney, Travis Buck and Gio Gonzalez...

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...whilst we also drafted Emil Brown who later returned to the fold in 2008...

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December 1994 - Signing Luis Vizcaino gave us Justin Duchscherer...

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June 1996 - We drafted Eric Chavez...

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June 1997 - Drafting Tim Hudson brought in Dan Meyer...

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...and drafting Chad Harville introduced Kirk Saarloos who came back this year...

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July 1997 - Signing Miguel Tejada gave us Huston Street...

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June 1998 - Drafting Mark Mulder led us to Kiko Calero, Daric Barton, Dana Eveland, Greg Smith, Carlos Gonzalez and Aaron Cunningham...

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January 2000 - We signed Jairo Garcia a.k.a. Santiago Casilla...

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June 2000 - We drafted Rich Harden, who along with Chad Gaudin, became Sean Gallagher, Matt Murton and Eric Patterson...

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June 2001 - We drafted Bobby Crosby,...

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Dan Johnson,...

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and Marcus McBeth who gave us Chris Denorfia,...

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July 2001 - We signed Gregorio Petit...

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June 2002 - Drafting Bill Murphy gave us Rob Bowen and Jerry Blevins...

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June 2003 - We drafted Andre Ethier who "became" Andrew Brown...

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June 2004 - Saw us draft Kurt Suzuki...

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and Dallas Braden...

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and Jeff Gray...

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and pick up Brad Ziegler...

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November 2004 - We sign Jack Cust who returned in 2007...

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June 2005 - Oakland draft Cliff Pennington...

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and Jeff Baisley...

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January 2006 - We sign Frank Thomas for the first time, and do it again for 2008...

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November 2006 - We purchase Donnie Murphy...

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December 2006 - Alan Embree joins us...

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February 2007 - We grab Lenny DiNardo....

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November 2007 - We acquired Wes Bankston off waivers from the Royals...

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December 2007 - We take Fernando Hernandez (briefly) from the White Sox...

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...and sign free agent Brooks Conrad...

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January 2008 - We grab Jeff Fiorentino...

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February 2008 - We sign Mike Sweeney...

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and in April 2008 - We take Rajai Davis from across the Bay...

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