Bailey, Wuertz and more

Good things really do happen to good people. Today’s case in point: Andrew Bailey. He’s one of several overly friendly (in a good way, of course) guys on the team, and he deserves everything that’s come his way in the past year, including his All-Star and Rookie of the Year honors. Good fortune has apparently followed him into 2010. Last night he was honored in a halftime ceremony at his alma mater Wagner College. The head honchos there decided to retire Andrew’s No. 17 – which he said came as a complete surprise when approached about it in the middle of the offseason. His former coach, Joe Litterio, couldn’t say enough about Andrew. You can read the full story here.

Also on the good-guy radar today is Michael Wuertz. The new daddy of son Braxton avoided arbitration and agreed to a two-year deal with a club option for 2012 this afternoon. When I spoke to Michael, he seemed very relieved knowing he’ll likely be in the same place for a couple years.

Add in the Ben Sheets signing and interesting Baseball Prospectus PECOTA projections that have the A’s finishing first in the AL West this year, and I have to say it’s been a pretty good week for fans of the green and gold. Curious to hear your thoughts/arguments/ramblings related to the PECOTA news. Have to admit I’m not a big fan of those types of projections, but I know a lot of you are. So have at it…

1 Comment

i didnt read into how they came up with this projection but just looking at the AL West… i dont know, LAA under .500 and SEA at .500? i think SEA may be the front runner as of now, with their offseason. OAK and LAA, im not sure where they’ll fall. of course, id like OAK to finish first, realistically dont think itll happen, but its more of a wait and see, lots of questions to be answered (i could write a book going into the ’10 season). LAA, its a guessing game. i think itll be very close for 2nd. i think TEX will finish last, i havent followed them close this offseason, but they sending millwood to BAL and signing vlad and harden. whos gonna catch for them? dont see them finishing ahead of OAK or LAA.
so for SAG
1. SEA 85-90wins
2. OAK above .500 without major/long injuries. maybe 83-87wins
3. LAA 77-83wins
4. TEX near .500, 76-80wins.

bailey’s college # retired? thats a total shock to me, no offense. glad wuertz will be around for a couple years… i hope.

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