Letters of Intent
By Bob Elliott
Team payroll: $82,320,900 (25th)
Octobers: Four World Series win, six pennants, and 18 playoff appearances.
Post-season record: 37-48.
Last post season: Lost AL division series 3-2 to Detroit.
Manager: Bob Melvin.
Run differential: Plus 157.
Stud Hosses: LHP Jon Lester is 6-4 with a 2.11 ERA in 11 post-season starts, including 4-1 last year. 3B Josh Donaldson (29 HRs, 98 RBIs, .255, .798)
Theme: “We also make books and movies.”
Looking up: Brandon Moss (25 HRs, 81 RBIs, .234, .772 OPS).
Looking down: A`s have been shut out since trading Yeonis Cespedes batted .350 (14-for-40) with six RBIs in the 2012-13 playoffs. Rest of the A’s hit .185 (52-for-281) with 18 RBIs and 22 runs scored.
Retired numbers: Reggie Jackson 9, Rickey Henderson 24, Catfish Hunter 27, Rollie Fingers 34, Jackie Robinson 42 and Dennis Eckersley 43.
J factor this season: Jesse Chavez, Brad Mills.
Canadian content: Toronto-born Farhan Zaidi, director of operations, Burlington’s Matt Higginson is the A’s hard-working area scout. Waterloo’s Dick Callahan is the P.A. announcer at O.co Coliseum.
Canada’s team (ranked by Canadian involvement and fan interest of the 10 post-season clubs): No. 10.
Bodog odds to win World Series: 11-1.
Kansas City Royals
Team payroll: $ 92,185,521 (19th)
Octobers: 1 World Series, 2 pennants, 8 post-season appearances.
Post-season record: 18-24.
Last post season: Beat Cardinals in 1985 World Series.
Manager: Ned Yost.
Run differential: Plus 27.
Stud Hosses: RHP James (Big Game) Shields (14-8, 3.21) held Adam Dunn to 7-for-35 (.200) 16 Ks, 1 HR, C Salvador Perez (22 HRs, 85 RBIs, .260, .692 OPS).
Theme: “They were our A`s first. ”
Looking up: DH Billy Butler (32 doubles, nine HRs, 66 RBIs, .702 OPS)
Looking down: No one had 75 RBIs (Alex Gordon led with 74) or 20 homers (Gordon had 19). Last in the AL in HRs and walks.
Retired numbers: George Brett (5), Dick Howser (10), Frank White (20), Jackie Robinson (42).
J factor this season: C Erik Kratz, INF Jayson Nix, RPs Jason Frasor, Scott Downs, Tim Collins, RHP Liam Hendriks.
Canadian content: Cambridge`s Scott Thorman a coach at class-A Burlington.
Canada’s team (ranked by Canadian involvement and fan interest of the 10 post-season clubs): No. 8.
Bodog odds to win World Series: 16-1.