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Sweeney's Power to Come?

Now, I understand that this is, in fact, Spring Training, and that he has gotten only 13 AB so far. We are dealing with the smallest of sample sizes. But as I was doing my daily A's website jumping, I came across this video about Sweeney doing blah blah blah. Then I noticed a little something about different about Sweeney's swing. This little video is all I have, but it's interesting. It looks like he has raised his hands slightly to about shoulder level, maybe a little bit above. In comparison, take a look at this video. His hands are just barely at the letters. Everyone has always wondered if the power would ever come with this kid. It's always been there. But as people have pointed out, he's basically got a slap-style swing, the kind of swing you'd find on a player that's 5'8" with no power, not 6'4" and athletic as hell. Now I'm no expert on hitting mechanics, and I wouldn't stake my reputation on this one little video. But I would assume, based on intuition, that you could get more power if you started with your hands higher and didn't slap at pitches. If he does figure it out, and ends up hitting ~20 HR a year, he might end up being one hell of a player. Just remember, he just turned 24. And he is hitting to the tune of .528/.600/.846 in those 13 AB.

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Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1974 A’s

Once more in '74. It started as a rallying cry for the season, but the Oakland A's delivered on the promise and became one of the best teams of all-time by winning their third consecutive championship.

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Beautiful Friend (the end)

Whiteshoes40 beat me to the punch but here are my photos from the last home game of 2008. Enjoy!

Probably more Sweeney Todd, than Sweeney, R., but this was a request for a "visual of the month"...

Sweeney-brawl

Probably more Sweeney Todd, than Sweeney, R., but this was a request for a "visual of the month" from yesterday's gameday thread. Enjoy ladies! ;-)

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The Z-Man With New Photos

Everyone's favorite's rock-n-roll man, Michael Zagaris (Z-Man), has posted a new blog entry on his personal blog, http://asthruz.mlblogs.com/. It shows some sweet shots of Rickey clowning around...

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Upcoming Player Appearances!

On Thursday, July 10th, after the A's host the Seattle Mariners at 12:35 p.m., A's fans can meet A's catcher KURT SUZUKI at The Englander in San Leandro. Kurt will sign autographs one hour...

On Thursday, July 10th, after the A's host the Seattle Mariners at 12:35 p.m., A's fans can meet A's catcher KURT SUZUKI at The Englander in San Leandro. Kurt will sign autographs one hour following the game at The Englander, which is located at 101 Parro

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On Thursday, July 10th, after the A's host the Seattle Mariners at 12:35 p.m., A's fans can meet A's catcher KURT SUZUKI at The Englander in San Leandro. Kurt will sign autographs one hour following the game at The Englander, which is located at 101 Parrott Street in San Leandro. The next day Friday, July 11th, don't miss your chance to meet A's players DARIC BARTON and RYAN SWEENEY at City Center Plaza at Broadway and 12th Street in Downtown Oakland. Daric and Ryan will be there from noon to 1 p.m. signing autographs - then head to the Coliseum for a great game and Firework show!

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12 June 2008 DLD: Links

Vanity Fair has a long article by Billy Beane Michael Lewis about baseball in Cuba, and the agent who was convicted of smuggling four players into the U.S. Definitely worth the time to read this...

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All About At-Bat Songs...

I was thinking about this the other day when I was at the Friday game against the Red Sox. During the game, it seemed like everyone had at-bat music. Baseball is a quirky game; there are players...

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Two arms and a headcase?

Hey Guys, this is The Cheat from South Side Sox. I thought I should stop by to give a late recap on the guys the A's just acquired...

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