A’s All Time Leaders – Through 2019

oakland-athleticsWith baseball shut down because of the corona virus, I thought it would be an interesting time to look at the all time leaders in both offensive and defensive categories for all 30 teams.  We continue today with the Oakland Athletics.

The A’s began life in Philadelphia in 1901, as one of the 8 charter franchises of the American League, before moving to Kansas City in 1955 and, finally, to Oakland in 1968.  I’ve seen them play at least 27 times, including twice in their home stadium.

Home Runs

Name Total
Matt Olson 4
Jason Giambi 3
5 tied with  2

Hits

Name Total
Adam Rosales 8
Rajai Davis 8
4 tied with 7

Runs

Name Total
Coco Crisp 5
Adam Rosales 5
Matt Olson 5

RBI

Name Total
Matt Olson 7
Ramon Hernandez 5
6 tied with 4

Doubles

Name Total
Coco Crisp 3
9 tied with 2

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#80 – Miguel Olivo

olivoName: Miguel Olivo

Rank: 80

Position: C

Years With White Sox: 2002-2004

Miguel Olivo was acquired by the White Sox as the player to be named later in the deal that sent Chad Bradford to the A’s in December of 2000.  He made his major league debut on September 15, 2002, hitting a home run in his first at bat against Andy Pettite in the Yankees 8-4 victory.  He appeared in 5 additional games that month, finishing with a .211 average.

Olivo broke camp with the White Sox in 2003, splitting time behind the plate with Sandy Alomar Jr.  He upped his average to .237 with 6 home runs but only 27 RBIs.  Things were starting to look up in 2004, as Olivo raised his average to .270 and an OPS of .812 in 46 games, before the June 27th trade that sent him, along with Mike Morse and Jeremy Reed, to the Mariners for Ben Davis and Freddy Garcia.

Olivo’s numbers in a White Sox uniform, both for games I attended and overall, were:

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A’s All Time Leaders – Through 2015

oakland-athleticsWith 4 months until baseball in Chicago returns, I thought it would be interesting to look at the all time leaders in both offensive and defensive categories for all 30 teams. We continue today with the Oakland Athletics.

The A’s began life in Philadelphia in 1901, as one of the 8 charter franchises of the American League, before moving to Kansas City in 1955 and, finally, to Oakland in 1968.  I’ve seen them play at least 20 times, including twice in their home stadium.

Home Runs

Name Total
Jason Giambi 3
Ramon Hernandez 2
Matt Stairs 2
Jonny Gomes 2
Frank Thomas 2

Hits

Name Total
Miguel Tejada 7
Rajai Davis 7
Emil Brown 7

Runs

Name Total
Coco Crisp 5
Emil Brown 4
Jason Giambi 4

RBI

Name Total
Ramon Hernandez 5
5 tied with 4

Doubles

Name Total
Coco Crisp 3
6 tied with 2

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#304 – Chad Bradford

chad bradfordName: Chad Bradford

Rank: 304

Position: P

Years With White Sox: 1998-2000

Chad Bradford was first drafted by the White Sox in the 34th round of the 1994 draft, but he didn’t sign.  They tried again 2 years later, taking him again in the 13th round, and this time he signed 2 days later.  He worked his way through the minor leagues and eventually made his major league debut in 1998, getting called up to take Matt Karchner’s place after he was traded to the Cubs for minor league pitcher Jon Garland.

For the next 3 years, Bradford bounced back and forth between Chicago and Charlotte, putting up tremendous numbers in Triple A and pretty good numbers in the big leagues.  While the White Sox seemed unsure about Bradford’s prospects as a full time major league pitcher, he caught the eye of Billy Beane, and following the 2000 season, the A’s traded for him, sending minor league catcher Miguel Olivo as a player to be named later to seal the deal.

Bradford’s numbers in a White Sox uniform, both for games I attended and overall, were:

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