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What’s behind the new-look 2024 Oakland Athletics?

May 13, 2024, 12:03 PM | Updated: 12:28 pm

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12: Lawrence Butler #4 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates with teammat...

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The difference between the 2024 and 2023 Oakland Athletics seasons has been notable thus far.

One year ago, the A’s held a record of 9-33 through 42 games. Entering play on Monday night, Oakland (19-23) sits just 3.5 games behind the first-place Seattle Mariners in the American League West standings.

What has been behind the Athletics’ rise from a laughingstock to becoming the near-500 team they are today?

MLB.com’s Oakland Athletics beat reporter Martín Gallegos joined Stiles & Watkins on Monday to break down what has been behind the A’s return to relevancy as they hover around the .500 mark and set their sights on more.

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Topics Discussed

  • The A’s have been one of baseball’s early-season surprises thus far
  • Which Oakland players have impressed the most so far in 2024?
  • Hard-throwing closer Mason Miller and infielder Zack Gelof are young players that the team could build around
  • “They feel like if not this year, in the near future, they’ll be back in playoff contention.”
  • What has been the big difference between this year and last year?
  • “All of these guys came up together and were winning games together… They were used to winning throughout their minor league careers.”
  • How unique is it to cover the Athletics amid the ongoing relocation efforts?
  • What do the Oakland players think about playing in Sacramento come next season?
  • Will the A’s look to move young talent like Mason Miller at the deadline?
  • Gallegos says it “would take a lot” in return for Oakland to move Miller

Listen to Stiles & Watkins from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PST, Monday through Friday, on Sactown Sports 1140. You can also subscribe to their podcast here.

Upcoming schedule for the Oakland Athletics

  • Monday, May 13th-Thursday, May 16th – @ Houston Astros
  • Friday, May 17th-Sunday, May 19th – @ Kansas City Royals
  • Tuesday, May 21st-Thursday, May 23rd – vs. Colorado Rockies
  • Friday, May 24th-Sunday, May 26th – vs. Houston Astros
  • Tuesday, May 28th-Thursday, May 30th – @ Tampa Bay Rays

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