2009 Oakland Athletics season

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2009 Oakland Athletics
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Lewis Wolff
General manager(s) Billy Beane
Manager(s) Bob Geren
Local television CSN
Glen Kuiper, Ray Fosse
Local radio Xtra Sports 860
Ken Korach, Vince Cotroneo, Ray Fosse
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The Oakland Athletics' 2009 season was their 41st in Oakland, California. It was also the 109th season in franchise history. The team finished fourth in the American League West with a record of 75-87.

The Athletics entered the season with a measure of hope. During the 2008-09 offseason, the team added numerous hitters through both trades and free agent signings. The most notable addition was that of outfielder Matt Holliday. Holliday was acquired from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for rookie outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, starting pitcher Greg Smith, and closer Huston Street. Oakland also added a handful of veterans via free agency; these included Orlando Cabrera, Nomar Garciaparra, and former Athletics superstar Jason Giambi. The signings were meant to improve the team's offense, which was the American League's worst (as measured by number of runs scored) in 2008.

While the Athletics' offense improved considerably in 2009, its gains were largely offset by inconsistent pitching. All told, Oakland would finish the season with a third consecutive losing record.

Regular season

Season standings

AL West
W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 97 65 .599 49–32 48–33
Texas Rangers 87 75 .537 10 48–33 39–42
Seattle Mariners 85 77 .525 12 48–33 37–44
Oakland Athletics 75 87 .463 22 40–41 35–46


Record vs. opponents

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY OAK SEA TB TEX TOR NL
Baltimore 2–16 5–4 2–5 3–5 4–4 2–8 3–2 5–13 1–5 4–5 8–10 5–5 9–9 11–7
Boston 16–2 4–4 7–2 6–1 5–3 4–5 4–2 9–9 5–5 2–4 9–9 2–7 11–7 11–7
Chicago 4–5 4−4 10–8 9–9 9–9 5–4 6−12 3–4 4–5 4–5 6–2 2–4 1–6 12–6
Cleveland 5–2 2–7 8–10 4–14 10–8 2–4 8–10 3–5 2–5 6–4 5–3 1–8 4–4 5–13
Detroit 5–3 1–6 9–9 14–4 9–9 5–4 7–12 1–5 5–4 5–4 5–2 7–2 3–5 10–8
Kansas City 4–4 3–5 9–9 8–10 9–9 1–9 6–12 2–4 2–6 5–4 1–9 3–3 4–3 8–10
Los Angeles 8–2 5–4 4–5 4–2 4–5 9–1 6–4 5–5 12–7 10–9 4–2 8–11 4–4 14–4
Minnesota 2–3 2–4 12–6 10–8 12–7 12–6 4–6 0–7 4–6 5–5 3–3 6–4 3–5 12–6
New York 13–5 9–9 4–3 5–3 5–1 4–2 5–5 7–0 7–2 6–4 11–7 5–4 12–6 10–8
Oakland 5–1 5–5 5–4 5–2 4–5 6–2 7–12 6–4 2–7 5–14 6–4 11–8 3–6 5–13
Seattle 5–4 4–2 5–4 4–6 4–5 4–5 9–10 5–5 4–6 14–5 5–3 8–11 3–4 11–7
Tampa Bay 10–8 9–9 2–6 3–5 2–5 9–1 2–4 3–3 7–11 4–6 3–5 3–6 14–4 13–5
Texas 5–5 7–2 4–2 8–1 2–7 3–3 11–8 4–6 4–5 8–11 11–8 6–3 5–5 9–9
Toronto 9–9 7–11 6–1 4–4 5–3 3–4 4–4 5–3 6–12 6–3 4–3 4–14 5–5 7–11

Through October 5, 2009


Roster

2009 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Game log

2009 Game Log

Player stats

Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI AVG SB
Sweeney, RyanRyan Sweeney 27 119 17 31 6 0 2 8 .261 2
Cabrera, OrlandoOrlando Cabrera 28 117 12 27 3 0 0 6 .231 1
Holliday, MattMatt Holliday 27 111 13 26 4 1 4 20 .234 0
Suzuki, KurtKurt Suzuki 26 106 13 33 10 0 2 14 .311 0
Cust, JackJack Cust 28 98 19 28 4 0 4 14 .286 1
Giambi, JasonJason Giambi 26 92 17 20 4 0 3 13 .217 0
Ellis, MarkMark Ellis 18 63 6 13 2 0 0 9 .206 2
Crosby, BobbyBobby Crosby 20 59 7 15 3 2 0 8 .254 1
Buck, TravisTravis Buck 18 57 3 12 1 0 1 5 .211 1
Garciaparra, NomarNomar Garciaparra 12 39 5 9 1 0 1 7 .231 0

Pitching

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER BB K
Braden, DallasDallas Braden 3 3 2.50 6 6 0 35.0 37 12 10 13 24
Cahill, TrevorTrevor Cahill 1 2 3.82 6 6 0 33.0 32 15 14 18 12
Anderson, BrettBrett Anderson 0 3 5.79 5 5 0 28.0 33 20 18 9 14
Eveland, DanaDana Eveland 1 2 7.40 6 5 0 24.1 41 21 20 16 15
Bailey, AndrewAndrew Bailey 3 0 1.27 15 0 1 21.1 6 3 3 7 24
Outman, JoshJosh Outman 0 0 4.79 6 4 0 20.2 22 13 11 10 21
Giese, DanDan Giese 0 3 3.93 5 1 0 18.1 16 8 8 8 7
Wuertz, MichaelMichael Wuertz 2 1 1.62 15 0 2 16.2 10 4 3 2 14
Springer, RussRuss Springer 0 1 2.57 15 0 0 14.0 16 5 4 6 16
Gallagher, SeanSean Gallagher 1 1 4.50 5 1 0 12.0 18 7 6 2 9

Awards and honors

On December 22, 2009, Sports Illustrated named general manager Billy Beane as number 10 on its list of the Top 10 GMs/Executives of the Decade (in all sports).1


Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Sacramento RiverCats Pacific Coast League Tony DeFrancesco
AA Midland RockHounds Texas League Darren Bush
A Stockton Ports California League Aaron Nieckula
A Kane County Cougars Midwest League Steve Scarsone
Short-Season A Vancouver Canadians Northwest League Rick Magnante
Rookie AZL Athletics Arizona League Marcus Jensen

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Midland

Notes

  1. ^ The list's only other MLB GMs were Boston's Theo Epstein (No. 3) and Seattle and Philadelphia's Pat Gillick (No. 7). Friedman, Dick (December 22, 2009). "2000s: Top 10 GMs/Executives". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 

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