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5 Reasons for Oakland Athletics Fans to be Excited About 2014 MLB Season

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5 Reasons for Oakland Athletics Fans to be Excited About 2014

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No fan of the Oakland Athletics needs a reason to tune in to the 2014 MLB season. They know what they are going for and feel like they should have a chance to grab it. They want that third consecutive division title. As every other team around them continues to spend money like it is going out of style, here are five reasons the A’s will dominate again.

5 – Nick Punto

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5 – Nick Punto

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Punto could not be more perfect for this team. I don’t know why he has ever played anywhere else. Really he seems to fit the mold perfectly well. If he is a bat off of the bench or a late inning defensive replacement, he will do his job well.

4 – Solid Outfield Core

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4 – Solid Outfield Core

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Yoenis Cespedes, Josh Reddick and Coco Crisp are not the greatest looking outfield in the world on paper but they are top five when hitting on all cylinders. Because everything in baseball is only as precious as the next contract year, we do not know how long this group will be together. Enjoy the three of them at least for one more year though in 2014.

3 – Scott Kazmir

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3 – Scott Kazmir

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Losing Bartolo Colon is a blow to this starting staff but there was no guarantee he would repeat his previous success anyway. Kazmir was a great signing by this group and he will help provide a stable and solid starting rotation for the entire season.

2 – Sonny Gray

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2 – Sonny Gray

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This guy barely seems old enough to shave but he sure mowed over the playoffs last season. He is fully healthy now going into what will be his first full season. It should be extremely fun to watch just how good he can be.

1 – Jim Johnson

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1 – Jim Johnson

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When it was apparent that the A’s would not be able to re-sign Grant Balfour, many worried about the team’s ability to close games. Would they fill the need from within? What would they do? Anyone who has watched Billy Beane operate for a few years should have known better. All they did was upgrade the closer spot with Johnson over the offseason.