While wins and losses during the spring are way down the priority list, you have to take notice when someone pulls off a big comeback like the Oakland Athletics did Friday. The A’s overcame an 11-5 deficit in the ninth, scoring seven times to beat the Texas Rangers 12-11 with the big blow coming on a walk-off grand slam by Kevin Smith.
Light the berm, Kevin Smith! pic.twitter.com/dm8Y9WKkSs— Oakland A's (@Athletics) March 10, 2023
Smith came over from Toronto in the Matt Chapman trade and largely flopped at the major league level producing a 48 wRC+ in just 151 plate appearances. He wasn’t much better at Triple A either where his strikeout rate ballooned to over 30% while producing a 90 wRC+.
Due to his struggles last season, there wasn’t much expectation for Smith coming into the spring. However, he has played well going 8-for-20 at the plate with a double and a pair of homers. There is still a long way to go in the Cactus League schedule, but Smith is again looking like he could be a useful player for the A’s and could land a spot on the Opening Day roster.
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Lawrence Butler keeps the A's alive with his hustle pic.twitter.com/Uc8MJxFHRE— The Rickey Henderson of Blogs (@RickeyBlog) March 10, 2023
RIP Jesus Alou
Former A's outfielder Jesus Alou has passed away at the age of 80. Alou hit .306 in 108 at-bats for the A's in 1973 and appeared in the 1973 & 1974 World Series for the A's championship teams. pic.twitter.com/qR7E2t8jHk— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) March 11, 2023
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It's a meeeee pic.twitter.com/eezdOnslTF— Oakland A's (@Athletics) March 11, 2023