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This Date in A's History, April 23

A budding star leads a mediocre A’s team to victory in 1996.

Jason Giambi, 1998
Jason Giambi, 1998
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Jason Giambi fell a single short of a cycle, and two homeruns by Scott Brosius sparked a ten-hit attack as the A’s rolled over Milwaukee 9-6. The Brewers scored five runs late to make the score respectable but Oakland put up crooked numbers in the first (5 runs) and the fourth (4) to put this one to bed early.

Giambi would go on to an impressive first full season with the A’s (.291, .355, .481) but his best was yet to come in the form of an MVP season in 2000 and should-have-been repeat performance the following year, before leaving for New York in 2002.

Brosius (.304, .396, .516 in 1996) beat Giambi to the Big Apple and started for the Yankees during their three-year run as World Champions (1998-99-00).