Happy Halloween, Athletics Nation!
MLB Commish Rob Manfred said some pretty spooky things about the prospects for the A’s and Oakland to pull through on a new ballpark. We should definitely talk about this, but I’ve gotta say at this point that I don’t know what to think anymore. The A’s will stay in Oakland or they will move. We’ll find out what is going to happen someday—and that someday is probably a lot closer than it was ten years ago.
Moving on to done deals, I’m pleased to announce that Nick Allen is the A’s 2022 Rookie of the Year according to the Athletics Nation community. Allen appeared in 100 games with the A’s and played Gold Glove caliber defense at shortstop in the latter part of the season to get the nod from AN despite slashing just .207/.256/.291 with a wRC+ of 61 in 326 plate appearances.
Fans seem to have faith enough that Allen will get good enough with the bat to justify being the A’s everyday shortstop next year and start earning some official hardware with his defensive wizardry.
Rookie of the Year was the only AN awards category this year in which the results didn’t nearly or completely unanimously favor the winner. Shea Langeliers garnered more than half as many ROY votes as Allen. Langeliers was probably the most hyped and heralded prospect to debut with the A’s in 2022, with the possible exception of Cristian Pache, whose extremely poor performance at the plate got him demoted back to AAA for part of the season.
Langeliers is expected to rake at the plate, and he got off to a respectable start this season, slashing .218/.261/.430 with a wRC+ of 97 in 153 plate appearances. He flashed high potential as a defender behind the plate, as well. But I would agree that Allen is more deserving of the ROY nod than Langeliers by merit of much more playing time, if nothing else. Allen posted 0.5 fWAR this season compared to 0.1 fWAR for Langeliers.
One other rookie received a handful of votes: relief pitcher Zach Jackson. ZachJack made his MLB debut at the beginning of the season and pitched well straight through August, putting in a solid season of relief by just about any measure before winding up on the IL late in the season with shoulder inflammation.
- Jackson, 2022: 3.00 ERA, 48 IP, 67 Ks, 33 BB, 1 HR, 2.78 FIP, 4.14 xFIP
Jackson was third among A’s relievers in both appearances and innings pitched and led all A’s pitchers with a 3.00 ERA. He also led all A’s rookies with 0.9 fWAR. I know that WAR isn’t always as widely accepted as a catch-all metric for pitchers, but I still don’t think there is a better stat that is calculated for both pitchers and position players and accounts for both quantity and quality. Pitching fWAR is derived from FIP, which I think is a pretty solid indicator of overall performance for pitchers. How well the fWAR sausage is made from there, I can’t say.
It was a tough choice for me between Allen and Jackson, but I went with the latter and think ZJ could really be something special if he develops better command and issues fewer free passes to first base next year. I’m also excited to see what Nick Allen can do in 2023 and I’m all too happy to congratulate him as Athletics Nation’s 2023 Rookie of the Year!
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Best of Twitter:
Lots of confusion surrounding Manfred’s pessimistic statement.
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf says in a statement she spoke with Rob Manfred today “and assured him that I remain absolutely confident our deal in Oakland will get done next year even with new leadership in place.” Full statement: pic.twitter.com/rv480UZChA— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) October 30, 2022
I’m about ready for some closure one way or the other.
Literally no one knows where the A's are going. I think it's 50/50, and I don't think that has changed since the middle of September.— Hal the Hot Dog Guy (@AsHotDog) October 30, 2022
It does seem that Nightengale was a tad careless with the scoop.
For what it's worth, the same national reporter that stirred all this up today also tweeted that the A's had been granted permission to move to San Jose many years ago.— Casey Pratt (@CaseyPrattABC7) October 29, 2022
Brazil goes straight to the source.
Forget quotes, here’s the audio:— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) October 29, 2022
A different kind of web gem.