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Elephant Rumblings: A’s enter GM meetings with sights set on lefty bats, arms

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  • 1952 — The Baseball Writers Association of America name Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz the American League Most Valuable Player. Shantz posted a 24-7 record with 152 strikeouts and a 2.48 ERA during the regular season and also claimed the honor of being The Sporting News American League Pitcher of the Year.
  • 2002 — Oakland Athletics shortstop Miguel Tejada, who receives 356 points from the BBWAA, including 21 first-place votes of the 28 cast, is selected as the American League MVP. Tejada joins countrymen George Bell and Sammy Sosa as Dominican Republic natives to win the award, in 1987 and 1998 respectively.
  • 2008 — The Athletics trade former closer Huston Street, starter Greg Smith and prospect Carlos González to the Rockies for former batting champion Matt Holliday.

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