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Oakland Athletics Tickets
Oakland Athletics Tickets
The Athletics were founded in 1901 in Philadelphia, where they proceeded to win five World Series titles before eventually moving to Kansas City in 1955. Unfortunately, success eluded the Athletics in Kansas City before they packed up yet again and moved to Oakland in 1968. But championships would quickly return to the organization as they won three consecutive World Series titles from 1972 to 1974. The Athletics won their last title back in 1989 thanks in large part to Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, who were better known as the "Bash Brothers." The Athletics were one of the first teams to use statistical analysis in roster construction, a technique that led them to four consecutive playoff appearances from 2000 to 2003 and was the basis for the book and critically acclaimed film, Moneyball.
O.co Coliseum, Home to the Oakland Athletics
The O.co Coliseum has been renamed several times (from names like Network Associates Coliseum and McAfee Coliseum), but locals and Oakland Athletics fans will commonly refer to the park as simply ""The Oakland Coliseum"" or ""The Coliseum."" The park has been home to the Athletics since 1968 and also hosts home games of the National Football League's Oakland Raiders. As part of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum complex, The Coliseum sits next door to Oracle Arena, where the NBA's Golden State Warriors play. The Coliseum is famous for lending its likeness to the Disney movie Angels in the Outfield.
Oakland Athletics and the American League West
The Athletics club has been in Oakland since 1968 when it moved from Kansas City. The club got its start in 1901 in Philadelphia, where it was one of the original teams in the American League. The team's main rival is the National League's San Francisco Giants, located across the bay. Games between the two are known as the Bay Bridge Series, and fans maintain a good-natured rivalry. Since moving to Oakland, the A's have won the league pennant six times.
Oakland Athletics 2012 Team Outlook
Given the small budget of the Oakland Athletics, general manager Billy Beane is constantly reshuffling his roster as he seeks to find low-cost solutions to his problems. It would seem that this year is no different. Beane dealt away the strength of his team by trading three of his talented pitchers: Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, and Andrew Bailey. Unfortunately, Oakland's offense is not likely to pick up the slack of a depleted pitching staff: Beane, always on the search for an undervalued skilled, built the Athletics around defense, but this decision came at the expense of fewer runs scored. As the Athletics rebuild yet again, they will be hard-pressed to match the 74 wins they had last season.