2012 Oakland Athletics season

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2012 Oakland Athletics
American League West champions
Oakland A's logo.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record94–68 (.580)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s) Lewis Wolff, John Fisher
General manager(s) Billy Beane
Manager(s) Bob Melvin
Local television Comcast SportsNet California
(Glen Kuiper, Ray Fosse, Scott Hatteberg)
Local radio KGMZ
(Ken Korach, Vince Cotroneo, Ray Fosse)
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The Oakland Athletics' 2012 season was the organization's 45th in Oakland, California and the 112th in club history. The team finished with a final record of 94–68, claiming first place in the American League West and reaching the postseason for the first time since 2006. After winning their last game of the season, they took sole possession of the West for the first time all year, overtaking the Texas Rangers. The A's had trailed Texas by 13 games on June 30, and had a five-game deficit with nine days left in the season. The 2012 team, which led the league with 15 walk-off wins, managed this with the second-lowest payroll in baseball, at $59.5 million. [1] They lost in five games to the Detroit Tigers in the Divisional Series.

Oakland Athletics Baseball team and Major League Baseball franchise in Oakland, California, United States

The Oakland Athletics, often referred to as the A's, are an American professional baseball team based in Oakland, California. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) West division. The team plays its home games at the RingCentral Coliseum. They have won nine World Series championships.

Oakland, California City in California, United States

Oakland is the largest city and the county seat of Alameda County, California, United States. A major West Coast port city, Oakland is the largest city in the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, the third largest city overall in the San Francisco Bay Area, the eighth most populated city in California, and the 45th largest city in the United States. With a population of 432,897 as of 2019, it serves as a trade center for the San Francisco Bay Area; its Port of Oakland is the busiest port in the San Francisco Bay, the entirety of Northern California, and the fifth busiest in the United States of America. An act to incorporate the city was passed on May 4, 1852, and incorporation was later approved on March 25, 1854, which officially made Oakland a city. Oakland is a charter city.

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Season summary

Following a 74-88 finish in 2011, general manager Billy Beane largely dismantled the team's starting rotation. All-Star starters Trevor Cahill and Gio González were traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Washington Nationals, respectively. The trades yielded a number of highly touted prospects; among these were catcher Derek Norris, starting pitchers Tommy Milone, Brad Peacock and Jarrod Parker, and reliever Ryan Cook. An additional trade sent All-Star closer Andrew Bailey (along with Ryan Sweeney) to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for outfielder Josh Reddick and a pair of prospects. With power-hitting outfielder Josh Willingham becoming a free agent, Beane's next move was to sign highly regarded Cuban outfielder Yoenis Céspedes on February 13, 2012. The 4-year, $36 million deal seemed out of character, especially given the Athletics' low payroll and generally frugal nature. The move followed a number of earlier (and lower-cost) free-agent signings, including the additions of veterans Jonny Gomes, Seth Smith, and Bartolo Colón.

2011 Oakland Athletics season Major League Baseball season

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Billy Beane American professional baseball player and current front office executive

William Lamar Beane III is a former American professional baseball player and current front office executive. He is the executive vice president of baseball operations and minority owner of the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball (MLB); he is also minority owner of Barnsley FC of EFL Championship. From 1984 to 1989 he played in MLB as an outfielder for the New York Mets, Minnesota Twins, Detroit Tigers, and Oakland Athletics. He joined the Athletics' front office as a scout in 1990, was named general manager after the 1997 season, and was promoted to executive vice president after the 2015 season.

Trevor Cahill American baseball player

Trevor John Cahill is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). The Oakland Athletics drafted Cahill in the second round of the 2006 MLB draft. He made his MLB debut in 2009. He previously played in MLB for the Athletics, Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, San Diego Padres, and Kansas City Royals. He was named an All-Star in 2010.

Despite these additions, expectations were still not high for the Athletics in 2012, as a number of experts picked the Athletics to lose as many as 100 games in the highly competitive AL West. The A's managed to play winning baseball through mid-May and held a 22-21 record on May 21, before a nine-game losing streak brought them down to a season-low eight games under the .500 mark. In Bob Melvin's first full season as manager, the team began to gel in the month of June. Between June 2 (the day the nine-game losing streak ended) and June 30, the A's posted a 15-12 record; then erased their deficit with a 19-5 surge in July, highlighted by the first-ever four-game sweep of the New York Yankees in Oakland. This stellar play put the once-dead Athletics into the heat of the AL West race: while they had trailed the division-leading Rangers by 13 games on June 30, they were only 3.5 back on July 28. A 5-8 start to August, however, widened the Rangers' lead to six games. Additionally, veteran pitcher Bartolo Colón was suspended after testing positive for synthetic testosterone on August 22. Facing these problems, the A's won 13 of their final 15 August games, due in part to the season debut of injured ace Brett Anderson and capped off with a 20-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on August 31.

The American League West is one of three divisions in Major League Baseball's American League. The division has five teams as of the 2013 season, but had four teams from 1994 to 2012, and had as many as seven teams before the 1994 realignment. Although its teams currently only reside along the west coast and in Texas, historically the division has had teams as far east as Chicago. From 1998 to 2012, the AL West was the only MLB division with four teams. The current champion of this division is the Houston Astros. In 2013, the Houston Astros went from the National League Central to the AL West. That move gives all six MLB divisions an equal five teams and both leagues an equal 15 teams each.

Bob Melvin American baseball player and manager

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The A's continued to play well through the first days of September, though they began to decline as the month progressed. On September 5, Opening Day starter Brandon McCarthy was seriously injured when a line drive impacted his head. The injury, which resulted in an epidural hemorrhage, a brain contusion, and a skull fracture, was considered life-threatening for a number of days. Although McCarthy made a recovery over the following two months, the injury ended his season. An additional injury to Brett Anderson further impacted the A's starting rotation. From September 13 to 24 the A's would lose six out of eight games, with the final loss being a 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Rangers that put the A's five games behind the division leaders (with only nine left to play), though the A's were not mathematically eliminated. After winning two of their next three games against the Rangers, they then swept the Seattle Mariners (highlighted by their last regular-season walk-off), while the Rangers lost two games out of three to the division-rival Los Angeles Angels. With the Rangers leading the A's by only two games, the teams faced off in Oakland for the final three games of the season. The A's took the first two games by scores of 4-3 and 3-1, respectively; the first win clinched a postseason berth for the Athletics, while the second momentarily tied the A's with the Rangers for first place and set up a winner-take-all game for the division crown. In the final game, a 5-1 Rangers lead after the 2nd inning was not enough as the Athletics scored six runs in the 4th (including two off a fly ball that was misplayed by Josh Hamilton) and scored five more runs in the eventual 12-5 victory.

Brandon McCarthy American baseball player

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Josh Hamilton American baseball player

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Having secured the division championship, the Athletics faced the Detroit Tigers in the 2012 American League Division Series. The A's were shut down by Detroit ace Justin Verlander in Game 1, and followed that loss with a 5-4 defeat in Game 2. The Athletics, now down 2-0 in a best-of-five series, returned to Oakland for Game 3. Brett Anderson saved the Athletics' season by shutting out the Tigers in a 2-0 Athletics victory. Then, trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, Oakland scored three runs (the final on a Coco Crisp walk-off single) to capture a come-from-behind 4-3 victory in Game 4. The A's comeback was not to be, however, as a dominant outing by Verlander ended the A's season in Game 5.

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The Athletics' 94-68 record in 2012 was their best in nearly a decade. Manager Bob Melvin and General Manager Billy Beane were honored with the Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award as the Manager of the Year and Executive of the Year, respectively.

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Regular season

American League West

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 94680.58050–3144–37
Texas Rangers 93690.574150–3143–38
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 89730.549546–3543–38
Seattle Mariners 75870.4631940–4135–46

American League Wild Card

Division Winners W L Pct.
New York Yankees 95670.586
Oakland Athletics 94680.580
Detroit Tigers 88740.543
Wild Card teams
(Top 2 qualify for 1-game playoff)
W L Pct. GB
Baltimore Orioles 93690.574
Texas Rangers 93690.574
Tampa Bay Rays 90720.5563
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 89730.5494
Chicago White Sox 85770.5258
Seattle Mariners 75870.46318
Toronto Blue Jays 73890.45120
Kansas City Royals 72900.44421
Boston Red Sox 69930.42624
Cleveland Indians 68940.42025
Minnesota Twins 66960.40727

Record against opponents

TeamBALBOSCWSCLEDETKCLAAMINNYYOAKSEATBTEXTORNL
Baltimore 13–56–24–43–35–42–75–29–94–58–110–82–511–711–7
Boston 5–136–25–35–54–30–64–35–131–85–49–92–67–1111–7
Chicago 2–62–611–76–126–123–514–45–23–38–14–36–36–49–9
Cleveland 4–43–57–1110–88–105–46–121–52–84–44–44–52–48–10
Detroit 3–35–512–68–1013–55–510–84–64–31–55–23–74–211–7
Kansas City 4–53–412–610–85–134–57–113–45–41–74–24–52–68–10
Los Angeles 7–26–05–34–55–55–46–34–59–1011–81–910–94–412–6
Minnesota 2–53–44–1412–68–1011–73–63–44–52–81–52–82–59–9
New York 9–913–52–55–16–44–35–44–35–56–38–104–311–713–5
Oakland 5–48–13–38–23–44–510–95–45–512–75–411–85–410–8
Seattle 1–84–51–84–45–17–18–118–23–67–124–69–106–38–10
Tampa Bay 8–109–93–44–42–52–49–15–110–84–56–45–414–49–9
Texas 5–26–23–65–47–35–49–108–23–48–1110–94–56–314–4
Toronto 7–1111–74–64–22–46–24–45–27–114–53–64–143–69–9

Offseason

Notable 2011 Departures

PlayerPositionOAK TenureNew TeamStats
Andrew Bailey
P
2009
BOS
4.1 IP, 2.08 ERA
Craig Breslow
P
2009
ARI/BOS
53 IP, 2.55 ERA
Trevor Cahill
P
2009
ARI
9-10, 156.1 IP, 3.86 ERA
David DeJesus
OF
2011
CHC
.267 AVG, 6 HR, 38 RBI
Gio González
P
2008
WAS
16-7, 159.1 IP, 3.28 ERA
Rich Harden
P
2003–2008, 2011
FA
Will miss 2012 season (Injury)
Hideki Matsui
DH
2011
TB/FA
.147, 2 HR, 7 RBI
Josh Outman
P
2008
COL
0-3, 31 IP, 9.00 ERA
Ryan Sweeney
OF
2008
BOS
.260 AVG, 16 RBI
Josh Willingham
OF
2011
MIN
.258 AVG, 31 HR, 91 RBI

Stats as of Aug 25

Roster

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Infielders

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 Athletics win
 Athletics loss
 Postponement
BoldAthletics team member
2012 Game Log

Postseason

Division Series

The Athletics played the Detroit Tigers in the Division Series.

Game 1, October 6

6:07 p.m. (EDT) [6] at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team123456789 R H E
Oakland100000000141
Detroit10101000X370
WP: Justin Verlander (1–0)   LP: Jarrod Parker (0–1)   Sv: José Valverde (1)
Home runs:
OAK: Coco Crisp (1)
DET: Alex Avila (1)

Game 2, October 7

12:07 p.m. (EDT) at Comerica Park in Detroit, Michigan

Team123456789 R H E
Oakland001000120491
Detroit0010002115110
WP: Al Alburquerque (1–0)   LP: Grant Balfour (0–1)
Home runs:
OAK: Josh Reddick (1)
DET: None

Game 3, October 9

9:07 p.m. (EDT) at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team123456789 R H E
Detroit000000000040
Oakland100010000250
WP: Brett Anderson (1–0)   LP: Aníbal Sánchez (0–1)   Sv: Grant Balfour (1)
Home runs:
DET: None
OAK: Seth Smith (1)

Game 4, October 10

9:37 p.m. (EDT) at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team123456789 R H E
Detroit0001100103101
Oakland000001003480
WP: Ryan Cook (1–0)   LP: José Valverde (0–1)
Home runs:
DET: Prince Fielder (1)
OAK: None

Game 5, October 11

9:37 p.m. (EDT) at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team123456789 R H E
Detroit002000400690
Oakland000000000041
WP: Justin Verlander (2–0)   LP: Jarrod Parker (0–2)

Farm System

Farm system affiliates

LevelTeamLeagueManager
AAA Sacramento River Cats Pacific Coast League Darren Bush
AA Midland RockHounds Texas League Steve Scarsone
A Stockton Ports California League Webster Garrison
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Aaron Nieckula
A-Short Season Vermont Lake Monsters New York–Penn League Rick Magnante
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Marcus Jensen

In September, the organization announced a two-year player development contract with the Class A Beloit Snappers, replacing Burlington after two seasons.

Arizona Fall League

Gary Daley, Grant Green, Shawn Haviland, Miles Head, Brett Hunter, Max Stassi, James Simmons will represent the organization on the Phoenix Desert Dogs

MLB Top Prospects

as of 8/26/12

PlayerPositionRankAcquisition2012 Levels
1
Michael Choice
OF
Drafted 1st Rd (2010)
AA
2
Brad Peacock
SP
Gonzalez Trade
AAA
3
Sonny Gray
SP
Drafted 1st Rd (2011)
AA
4
A.J. Cole
SP
Gonzalez Trade
A+, A
5
Grant Green
OF/IF
Drafted 1st Rd (2009)
AAA
6
Yordy Cabrera
SS
Drafted 2nd Rd (2010)
A+
7
Ian Krol
P
Drafted 7th Rd (2009)
A+
8
Dan Straily
P
Drafted 24th Rd (2009)
AA, AAA
9
Raúl Alcántara
SP
Bailey/Sweeney Trade
A
10
Vical de la Cruz
OF
Int'l FA (2010)
R
11
A. J. Griffin
SP
Drafted 13th Rd (2010)
AA, AAA
12
Blake Hassebrock
SP
Drafted 8th Rd (2010)
A+
13
Aaron Shipman
OF
Drafted 3rd Rd (2010)
A
14
David Freitas
C
Suzuki Trade
15
Jermaine Mitchell
OF
Drafted 5th Rd (2006)
AAA
16
Renato Núñez
3B
R
17
Stephen Parker
3B
Drafted 5th Rd (2009)
AAA
18
Max Stassi
C
Drafted 4th Rd (2009)
A+
19
Miles Head
IF
Bailey/Sweeney Trade
A+, AA
20
Michael Taylor
OF
Wallace Trade
AAA

Bold has played in Oakland during 2012 season. Carter, Cowgill, Norris and Parker have been removed.

Baseball America named Céspedes (14), Parker (26), Peacock (36), Cole (57), Gray (65), and Choice (80) to their Top 100 Prospects list. Baseball Prospectus named Choice (39), Parker (50), Cole (60), Peacock (64), Gray (72), Norris (96), and Green (100) to their Top 101 Prospects list.

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