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Why are the Oakland A’s so good this year?

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Cleveland Indians vs. Oakland A's on June 1, 2017


The Oakland A’s last won the World Series almost 30 years ago. Since then, there hasn’t been that much to cheer about. They’re a low-budget ballclub in a deep-pocketed league. Every time a player starts to get good, he gets shipped out because they won’t be able to afford to keep him. It’s enough to make a fan not want to go to a game. 

But, this year they’re really good! In fact, if the season ended now, they’d be in the playoffs.


So what is going on? KALW’s Ben Trefny joins Hana Baba in the studio.

"All the A's relievers are good, Hana, and that means when they're ahead at the ends of games, they win."


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