So, as I've been doing for the better part of 10 years, I'll more than likely be talking to myself in here. Consider it a fan journal. Before I talk about the team and the start of the season I'll preface it with this: This team will blow forever unless they get a stadium, whether in Oakland or not. They literally get 100 fans a night there, it's more than embarrassing. And don't give me the Oakland fan whine that 'why should they go if they're trying to leave?' I'd buy it if there were more than 200 of you there a night for the last 6 years.
Early season: Cespedes is the most exciting player for the A's since McGwire and Canseco. As sad as that sounds, it's reality. They've had plenty of all-star type players over the last decade + but the only guy that would bring a crowd would maybe be Jason Giambi. He'll strike out a ton but hit 30 homers. If they don't trade him, he and Jemile Weeks are a nice little nucleus. Yes, they have 2 decent young players....ugh.
Too many things have to go perfectly for them to win 81 games so I'm certainly not excited for the near future. But, I think the Sacramento River Cats may be the best AAA team EVAR! For the A's to have a chance for 2014, many of the following players have to at least reach potential if not beat it:
Michael Choice AA - Stud but needs plate selection. Extreme power and CF'er
Grant Green AAA - Moved from SS to OF so he needs to produce offensively
Brad Peacock AAA, Jarod Parker (SP's)- No way around it. If these two guys fizzle, they're screwed.
Stephen Parker AAA - A's have had dreadful play from 3rd base for half a decade
Michael Taylor AAA, Chris Carter AAA - I put them together because they've been the future power for the A's for the last couple years. This year they will prove to be either major leaguers or AAAA players. Carter is batting .368 with 5 doubles early and Taylor, .429