The Red Sox may not be competing for MLB’s grandest prize, but this series is littered with various old friends, all of whom have played a major role.
So how then do the Athletics keep winning? These four names are a start: Coco Crisp, Scott Kazmir, Sonny Gray, and Jesse Chavez.
Since taking over as general manager in 1997, Billy Beane has found substantial success with a team maintaining one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.
Over the last two seasons the A’s have won consecutive division titles despite the strength of the Texas Rangers and the wallet of the Los Angeles Angels. Both years saw the A’s reach the same fate: a division series loss.