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Just to play devil's advocate....

I just wanted to pose a theoretical question to AN....

I'm also posting this right after that Gomes blast, so not the best timing... Hit the jump for the question

I understand that most of the A's hitting woes over the past three to four seasons have been contributed mostly to the fact that our lineups, in essence, have lacked any real consistent power or prowess simply because our starters, quite frankly, aren't the best at swinging the bat.

But does anybody else think that our offensive woes could be contributed to really, really, poor coaching on the offensive end?

I understand that there have been some exceptions over the years (Willingham, Jemile and Daric *small sample sizes*... All I'm thinking of right now), but the bad outweigh the good by miles.

Another place to investigate are the guys transitioning between our farm system and the bigs. There are guys that we have come to know over the past four seasons that have produced fantastic lines in the minors.Understanding that pitching in the bigs is more difficult is a given, but is it that continually, the boys we throw in our farm system struggle against major league pitching during Spring Training and the Regular season.

It's hard to ignore the overall trend. I can't think of another club with the offensive invisibility like Oakland.. Even Pittsburgh has a couple bats that get the job done (McCutchen, Walker). Does anybody else feel that at some point we have to examine our offensive structure at a management level?

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