07/06/12 10:26 PM ET
Oakland Oaks to be honored Sunday
By Ben Estes / MLB.com
Broglio is one of several former Oakland Oaks players that will be honored before the A's game on Sunday against Seattle on Turn Back the Clock day. Both teams will be wearing throwback uniforms from their 1955 PCL counterparts, the Oaks and the Seattle Rainiers.
Long before the A's played in Oakland, there were the Oaks, who arrived in 1903 as one of the charter members of the PCL. Broglio was a hometown player, having attended El Cerrito High School.
A right-handed pitcher, Broglio signed with the Oaks right out of high school, convinced after talks with manager Augie Galan and first baseman Jim Marshall. Broglio played parts of three seasons with the Oaks from 1953-55, but spent most of his time in the California League with Modesto and Stockton.
It was a different time then. Most teams in the PCL weren't affiliated with just one team, but instead were open to having players from any of the 16 Major League clubs. And Broglio never really thought about making it to the Majors as a young player -- he says the Oakland Tribune put news from the big leagues on the back page, with the front of the sports page reserved for the PCL.
Many of the players Broglio played with actually preferred the PCL for one very important reason.
"A lot of players that came from the big leagues to the Coast League, they didn't want to go back to the big leagues because they were making more money in the Coast League, which made it kind of interesting," Broglio said.
The players perhaps weren't as scrutinized as their modern counterparts, either. Broglio had one teammate with the Oaks named Allen "Two Gun" Gettel, who would ride a horse in from left field, firing his pair of six-shooters, before stopping at the mound, putting on his cleats and beginning his warm up.
Broglio went on to make the Majors with the Cardinals in 1959 before he was traded to the Cubs in the infamous Lou Brock deal in '64.
He says he has no qualms about being remembered as the lesser part of the trade, and Broglio actually attended Brock's 70th birthday celebration three years ago -- he just wishes he would have been part of the 1964 St. Louis team that won the World Series -- thanks to Brock.
But when Broglio and several of his Oaks teammates are honored on Sunday, his focus will fully be on his days hurling pitches from the mound at Oaks Park in Emeryville.
"It'll be nice to get there," Broglio said. "Just happy to be on the field. It's been quite a while since I've been on a Major League field."
Unfortunately for the fans, it seems unlikely that Bartolo Colon, the A's starter on Sunday, will travel to the mound via horse.
Moss getting back in hitting groove
OAKLAND -- In recent games, A's first baseman Brandon Moss has done much to disprove the notion that his powerful start was potentially a fluke.
That possibility was on the table after the slide that followed his initial surge. Moss had seven home runs and three doubles in his first 13 games with Oakland, but then collected just one hit in 17 at-bats over five games from June 22-27.
But Moss has bounced back in a big way since then, especially in the A's sweep of the Red Sox, the team that the first baseman debuted with. He had two doubles and two homers in the two games he played against Boston and has eight hits in his last 15 at-bats. It appears Moss is once again a significant offensive threat.
"I think we're seeing now out of Moss that he came out of a tough time and now he's succeeding," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "For a guy like that, that hasn't had a long look at the big league level, that's an important period to get through. It's encouraging to see he's gotten through it and is swinging a lot better now."
Moss said before Friday's series opener against Seattle that he may have been focusing too much on looking for pitches he liked to hit, instead of just staying true to the zone. He was "under-selective," meaning he would chase a fastball out of the zone simply because he was looking for a fastball.
"All hitters go through that, where you go through a little slow period," Moss said. "You're not getting the hits, you're not making good contact. You've just got to fight through that and trust in what you're doing and know that it's going to come back. You're not just going to forget how to hit."
Another factor could be the new platoon at first base with the right-handed hitting Chris Carter, which has coincided with Moss' hot hitting. Moss has been facing right-handers while Carter has been in the lineup against lefties, giving both of them better matchups.
And both of them have produced.
"It's a great thing for the team, too, because you're matched up like that, it puts us both in positions to succeed, and if we succeed, it helps the team succeed," Moss said. "I think it's a good thing. We both hit for power, and if you give us both really good matchups, we can be more consistent."
Anderson throws 25 pitches to live hitters
OAKLAND -- A's left-hander Brett Anderson threw to hitters on Friday, the first time he's done so since he was shut down from his Tommy John surgery rehab in late May.
Anderson threw 25 pitches and used his entire repertoire of off-speed offerings. Oakland manager Bob Melvin said that the lefty, who underwent his elbow operation last July, will throw another bullpen on Sunday.
After that, Anderson should head to the team's facility in Arizona to throw a two-inning simulated game, but Melvin isn't quite sure yet when that will be, nor when the pitcher could begin a rehab assignment.
"[That's] based on the fact that you always get yourself in trouble and there are always some hurdles," Melvin said. "Last time he was speeding through it so quickly and had to be shut down for a while. It's encouraging what we're seeing, but I think until he actually gets through these simulated games and so forth, it's tough to put a date on it."
Fellow injured pitcher Dallas Braden also threw a bullpen, his second in his rehab from a strain in his surgically-repaired left shoulder. Melvin didn't see it and could not comment on it, but Braden's first bullpen on Monday went well.
Neither pitcher was available for comment in the clubhouse, but Anderson did have this to say on Twitter:
"Threw a live bp today...felt good. [First baseman Chris Carter] hit a home run off me, but it's ok because I told him what I was throwing."
Both pitchers are expected to return to the A's at some point this season.
Melvin said that outfielder Colin Cowgill is progressing and is getting close to going on a rehab assignment. Cowgill, who's been out since June 23 with a sprained left ankle, is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Sunday.
The A's entered Friday's game against the Mariners having not yet beaten Seattle at home this season. Oakland is 0-2 at the Coliseum and 4-6 overall.
Ben Estes is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.