The Oakland Athletics are one of the biggest names in professional baseball, and not just because of their former glories, but also being the subject of a major Hollywood movie. Read on and you’ll see why The A’s are one of the most exciting teams in Major League Baseball to bet on and follow. Established in 1901 and based in Oakland from 1968, The A’s are commonly known as one of the biggest franchises in Major League Baseball, with a track record of success and achievement. Originally known as the Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954), they were managed by Connie Mack from 1901-1950, the longest-serving manager in MLB history.
Having moved to Kansas in 1955, they were renamed the Kansas Athletics, but became the Oakland Athletics in 1968 and have remained so ever since. They won three World Series Championships in a row from 1972-1974 thanks to stars such as Catfish Hunter, Rollie Fingers and Reggie Jackson, one of the most enviable winning streaks in the MLB. Winners of the World Series an incredible nine times, they sit 5th in the list of All-Time MLB World Series winners, but haven’t won since 1989.
The A’s were managed for 49 consecutive years by Connie Mack, and in that period the club won five World Series titles and nine American League pennants.
The Oakland Athletics have never been renowned for being the richest franchise. Manager Billy Beane’s attempts to revolutionise The A’s survival and prosperity was the subject of a 2003 book, then a 2011 film entitled ‘Moneyball’. Starring Brad Pitt in the role of Beane, with Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman in supporting roles, the film was generally very well regarded. It took in more than double its $50m budget at the box office. Winning 20 consecutive games in the film as a American League record, the story was one of triumph and of personal salvation for Beane.
The Oakland Athletics have attained more than adequate standings in recent years despite the financial constraints placed upon them, dating back to the Moneyball technique of picking players based on statistical analysis. Winning the West Division in 2006, 2012 and 2013, they remain a real player in the league and despite back-to-back ALDS losses to the Detroit Tigers (both finishing 3-2 to The Tigers), few would bet against Oakland returning to their former World Series glories in the future.
The A’s are the only MLB team to wear white cleats both at home and in away games, a tradition dating back to their owner, Charlie O. Finley.
Who Do The Oakland Athletics Play Next
With preview betting articles and tips, keeping an eye on where The A’s are in the AL West Division is important as a form guide but also a fan tool.
Oakland Athletics Game Schedule
For a full game schedule that tells you who the Oakland Athletics will be taking on, where and when, keep your eyes locked to this section.
Will The A’s make the Oakland Colosseum a fortress once more? Arresting their home record would be a major difference from 2015, when they struggled both in Oakland and on the road.
Oakland Athletics Standings Today
Check out where the Oakland Athletics stand in the AL West Division. Last year saw the A’s slump to fifth as they posted a 34-47 record at home and exactly the same away from home.
Oakland Athletics Online Betting Tips
While the Oakland Athletics have been one of the strongest clubs in MLB history, they are currently struggling and we wouldn’t dissuade anyone from taking the under on a 75.5 game winning season.
68-94 last season will be tough to improve on given no major overhaul of playing staff has taken place, and the A’s are +1000 on Bovada to win the West Division.
We don’t recommend investing on that front as the A’s will struggle to make the playoffs.
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