First off, give us a quick summary of your chise up to this point.
I’m in year 2015 (year four), due to the fact that I sportscast manage some games and simulate all others. I act as the general manager, making moves, and also as the main reporter. The A’s won 124 games in the first two years combined, but then they won 100 in 2014 and lost in the ALDS to the Tigers. This year in 2015, they are 57-45 and 6.0 games behind the Rangers in the AL West.
What made you choose this team?
I have been a big A’s fan since about 2008 or 2009, before I learned about Moneyball. I have always loved the underdog who doesn’t have as much money or as good of players and wins anyway. The way they operated in the early 2000s was ahead of their time and now I follow them everyday.
What’s your teams strengths and weaknesses?
Definitely their power. The big hitters are Yoenis Cespedes, Mark Reynolds, Chris Carter, Michael Taylor, Derek Norris, Michael Choice, and somewhat Travis Snider/Mike Olt. They currently lead the league in runs, home runs, and slugging percentage.
Who is your favorite player on your team?
Erik Bedard. I don’t think an explanation is necessary tbqh.
Who has been your best acquisition? (through sign/trade)
It was Doug Fister. I acquired him prior to the 2013 season for a lot (Collin Cowgill, Tommy Milone, and Trevor Story). He was only earning $5M that season I believe and he ended up with a 3.35 ERA. Unfortunately he didn’t re-sign after the 2014 season, and now he’s earning $10M/year with the Red Sox I believe.
Greatest moment in your chise so far
Having Chris Carter breakout. He’s been such a disappointment in real-life Oakland because of the expectations of his power and plate presence. In 2014 he hit .000 with 0 home runs and this year he’s hitting .276 with 23 home runs through 102 games.
What other chises do you follow on here?
All of the baseball ones. I follow TBMiz’s Royals franchise, Soapy’s Marlins franchise, Rhude’s interesting manager RTTS, and all the others. I’m a huge baseball fan.
If you could improve/change one thing about DSS, what would it be?
Have any tips for other chisers?
Write write write! Let us know what’s happening. At least for me, game and series updates get boring after a while.