Oakland Athletics All Time Starting Lineup

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The Oakland Athletics can trace their roots back to 1901 as the Philadelphia Athletics. Over the years they have been known as the Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954), the Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967), and as they are known today the Oakland Athletics (1968-Present). The organization has made 26 playoff appearances, won 15 pennants, and 9 world championships. They have retired 5 numbers. Reggie Jackson (5), Rickey Henderson (24), Catfish Hunter (27), Rollie Fingers (34), and Dennis Eckersley (43).

Below is a lineup of the best single seasons by position. Each player is only eligible for one season so we picked their best season.

 

Catcher

Mickey Cochrane, 1932

Key Stats: 5.6 WAR, .293/.412/.510, 118 R, 152 H, 35 2B, 4 3B, 23 HR, 112 RBI, 100 BB, .921 OPS, 48% CS

 

First Base

Jimmie Foxx

Jimmie Foxx, 1932

Key Stats: 10.5 WAR (1st AL), .364/.469/.749 (1st AL), 151 R (1st AL), 213 H, 33 2B, 9 3B, 58 HR (1st AL), 169 RBI (1st AL), 116 BB, 1.218 OPS (1st AL), 438 TB (1st AL)

Awards: AL MVP

 

Second Base

Nap Lajoie, 1901

Key Stats: 8.4 WAR (1st AL), .426 (1st AL)/.463 (1st AL)/.643 (1st AL), 145 R (1st AL), 232 H (1st AL), 48 2B (1st AL), 14 3B, 14 HR (1st AL), 125 RBI (1st AL), 27 SB, 1.106 OPS (1st AL), 350 TB (1st AL)

 

Third Base

Home Run Baker, 1912

Key Stats: 9.3 WAR, .347/.404/.541, 116 R, 200 H, 40 2B, 21 3B, 10 HR (1st AL), 130 RBI (1st AL), 40 SB, 50 BB, .945 OPS, 312 TB, 11 SH, 1.5 dWAR

Awards: 7th in MVP

 

Shortstop

Miguel Tejada

Miguel Tejada, 2002

Key Stats: 5.6 WAR, .308/.354/.508, 108 R, 204 H, 30 2B, 34 HR, 131 RBI, .861 OPS, 336 TB, 11 HBP

Awards: AL All-Star, AL MVP

 

Left Field

Rickey Henderson

Rickey Henderson, 1990

Key Stats: 9.9 WAR (1st AL), .325/.439 (1st AL)/.577, 119 R (1st AL), 159 H, 33 2B, 3 3B, 28 HR, 61 RBI, 65 SB (1st AL), 97 BB, 1.016 OPS (1st AL), 1.0 dWAR

Awards: AL All-Star, Silver Slugger, AL MVP

 

Center Field

Al Simmons, 1925

Key Stats: 6.5 WAR, .387/.419/.599, 122 R, 253 H (1st AL), 43 2B, 12 3B, 24 HR, 129 RBI, 1.018 OPS, 392 TB (1st AL)

Awards: 2nd in MVP

 

Right Field

Jose Canseco

Jose Canseco, 1988

Key Stats: 7.2 WAR, .307/.391/.569 (1st AL), 120 R, 187 H, 34 2B, 42 HR (1st AL), 124 RBI (1st AL), 40 SB, 78 BB, .959 OPS, 347 TB, 10 HBP, 10 IBB

Awards: AL All-Star, Silver Slugger, AL MVP

 

Designated Hitter

Jason Giambi

Jason Giambi, 2001

Key Stats: 9.1 WAR (1st AL), .342/.477 (1st AL)/.660 (1st AL), 109 R, 178 H, 47 2B (1st AL), 2 3B, 38 HR, 120 RBI, 129 BB (1st AL), 1.137 OPS (1st AL), 343 TB, 13 HBP, 24 IBB

Awards: AL All-Star, Silver Slugger, 2nd in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Vida Blue

Vida Blue, 1971

Key Stats: 9.0 WAR, 24 Wins, 1.82 ERA (1st AL), 2.20 FIP (1st AL), 24 CG, 8 SHO (1st AL), 312 IP, 301 K, 0.952 WHIP (1st AL), 6.0 H/9 (1st AL), 8.7 K/9 (1st AL), .189 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, AL CY Young, AL MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Lefty Grove, 1931

Key Stats: 10.1 WAR (1st AL), 31 Wins (1st AL), 2.06 ERA (1st AL), 3.01 FIP (1st AL), 27 CG (1st AL), 4 SHO (1st AL), 288 2/3 IP, 175 K (1st AL), 1.077 WHIP (1st AL), 0.3 HR/9, 2.82 K/BB (1st AL)

Awards: AL MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Catfish Hunter

Catfish Hunter, 1974

Key Stats: 6.9 WAR, 25 Wins (1st AL), 2.49 ERA (1st AL), 3.17 FIP, 23 CG, 6 SHO, 318 1/3 IP, 143 K, 0.986 WHIP (1st AL), .229 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, AL CY Young, 6th in MVP

 

Starting Pitcher

Rube Waddell, 1904

Key Stats: 10.5 WAR (1st AL), 25 Wins, 1.62 ERA, 1.59 FIP (1st AL), 39 CG, 8 SHO, 383 IP, 349 K (1st AL), 1.039 WHIP, 8.2 K/9 (1st AL)

 

Starting Pitcher

Jack Coombs, 1910

Key Stats: 9.7 WAR, 31 Wins (1st AL), 1.30 ERA, 2.09 FIP, 35 CG, 13 SHO (1st AL), 353 IP, 224 K, 1.028 WHIP, 0.0 HR/9 (1st AL), 5.7 K/9

 

Closer

Dennis Eckersley

 

Dennis Eckersley, 1990

Key Stats: 3.3 WAR, 48 SV, 0.61 ERA, 1.34 FIP, 63 G, 73 1/3 IP, 73 K, 0.614 WHIP, 5.0 H/9, 0.2 HR/9, 0.5 BB/9, 9.0 K/9, 18.25 K/BB, .160 BAA

Awards: AL All-Star, 5th in CY Young, 6th in MVP

 

 

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