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Much has been made about the A’s offense needing to find ways other than home runs to score because the power that has marked Oakland teams of the recent past isn’t in evidence this time around.
That may be true, although Josh Reddick (32 in 2012), Ike Davis (32 in 2012 for the Mets), Billy Butler (29 for the Royals, also in 2012) and Josh Phegley (26 last year, 23 of those in the minor leagues with the White Sox) have at least the promise of the long ball.
What seems clear is that the A’s power shortage may be a short-term thing. Last year at Class-A Stockton, first baseman Matt Olson hit 37 homers and third baseman Renato Nunez hit 29.
A’s lefty Fernando Abad, Green Card in hand, has big plans for A’s this season.
2015 figures to be a monumental year in the life of A’s reliever Fernando Abad.
Less than a month ago, the Dominican left-hander got his Green Card from the U.S. Government. In June, he’s due to get braces off his teeth, braces he’s worn for most of the last seven years.
And he’s a key member of an Oakland bullpen that helped the A’s make it to the playoffs last year, one that has hopes of doing the same in 2015.
“It’s been a big year already,’’ Abad said of getting his Green Card. It meant he had to spend almost all of the off-season in the U.S. rather than going to his native Dominican Republic, but he’s more than cool with that.
His goal for the next off-season is to get his kids, 23-month-old Fernando Jr. and 3-year-old Camilla Fernanda and their mom, Bettania, all green cards.