A year ago I had an idea of asking fans to pick their favorite retired obscure baseball figure (player, manager, coach, etc.) in MLB history. A nice way to get ready for spring training, I figured. This time around, I thought I'd revisit the topic here but narrow it down to just former A's. For my choice, I'm tempted to say Mike Gallego, for the cancer he had before getting to the majors, him being a big glue guy on the '88-'90 dynasty, and that nickname, "Gags," which would have been disastrous if he'd ever choked in the postseason. But is a current third base coach and key guy on a dynasty who also played for the Yankees really obscure?
If Gags isn't, I'll go with Gene Nelson, mostly because he stole second pinch running in a game in Toronto in '88, I think. Gene was the first A.L. pitcher to do that since sometime in the mid-'70s.