Every Tuesday or Wednesday we will take a look at the history of one team. You will get some background, iconic players and moments, and postseason results. This week, let’s take a look at the Athletics, better known as the A’s, who have moved around a few times in their 118-year history.
Sammy Sosa wasn’t just an all-time great right-handed slugger, he was an icon. People who didn’t watch the game or know anything about baseball knew who Sosa was. From his traditional pregame sprint out to right field, to his home run hop, and post home run dugout signals to his mother, he became a household name. But time is running out for Sosa and his chances to enter Baseball’s Hall of Fame. This marks his 7th time on the ballot and if he doesn’t see a huge increase in votes soon, he will most likely not be a Hall of Famer.
As the Hall of Fame gets ready to welcome its newest members, let’s not question if those players are worthy, but if the Hall of Fame is truly that. The Hall is going through an identity crisis. But more on that in a moment. This weekend will be about new inductees Jack Morris, Alan Trammell, Vlad Guerrero, Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, and Trevor Hoffman, all of whom deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, not just because of their accomplishments, but for the way they played and respected the game.