Team News
Home Up League Overview Past Seasons Teams Statistics Transactions Draft Central Awards Encyclopedia Team Logos Files Team Uniforms SPIBL Hall Of Fame SPIBL Champions About SPIBL


2016 SPIBL Season

2016 SPIBL All-Star Game

2015 SPIBL Postseason

Oakland Oaks News and Notes


    The Oaks came to Spring training with new ownership, management, and a ton of questions to be answered.  Several key issues seem to be resolving themselves as Cactus League play wraps up and the team slowly forms its opening day 25 man roster.  On the other hand, a number of major concerns have not been totally answered and there is still a few  battles going on in camp.


   The starting pitching rotation is almost a done deal as manager Jeff Beyel seems somewhat resigned to going West with an all lefty staff!  That would mean righty John Maine would begin the season at Triple-A  Sacramento.  “John is definitely in the mix for this year no doubt. “ stated Beyel, “But we know we have a bunch of early season games against San Fran, San Diego, and LA and feel that our lefties might have better luck against them than John would.  Maine will rejoin our club after we play the Western Division teams and should get his first start, perhaps, against Milwaukee.”


  The opening day starter has not been announced yet  either, but it seems more and more probable that veteran Barry Zito will get the nod when the club opens up April 6th at home against the Sea Lions.  “Zito and Danks will pitch more of our day games than our other starters.  Both are good at keeping the ball in the park and the ball just seems to travel better during the day in most parks.” noted Beyel.  When asked who might be the three starters against San Francisco Beyel indicated that Glen Perkins might actually be the game 3 starter!  “Perkins matches up a bit better at night against San Fran then at San Diego.  He should be going in game 3.”  That decision would then leave either Odalis Perez or John Lannan to go in games 1 and 2 against San Diego and would most likely mean Zito and Danks would be going in games 3 and 4.


  As far as the positional battles go, it seems that veteran utility-man Ronny Cedeno became expendable when the Oaks drafted Fernando Tatis.  Tatis, in fact, has been used in many ways during spring training games and seems a lock to be a major contributor with the team this season.  “Tatis is extremely diverse, as is Cedeno, but Fernando brings much more pop to the table and can give us some offensive presence either as a spot starter or as a valuable pinch hitter.” Beyel affirmed.


Trade Winds Blow In Linebrink

  The Oaks took a major step in solving their bull-pen woes when they acquired righty Scott Linebrink from Chicago for 2010 5th round draft pick.  “We wanted additional quality innings and Linebrink certainly brings that. “ said Beyel, “We hate ever giving up draft picks but our trade of McClellan netted us an additional 2nd rounder next year so we felt we could make this necessary move now.”  Linebrink is expected to serve among the club’s long relievers along with free agent signee Sean Green.  Green had not been as effective this spring as the team had hoped and that may have forced the franchise to make a move sooner then they had wanted to.  The Oaks have also been in talks with another righty, Doug Waechter, who would add depth to the unit.

Anaheim Ants

Atlanta Mets

Baltimore Stars

Boston Blizzards

Chicago Blue Knights

Cleveland Clubbers

Colorado Black Bears

Detroit Outlaws

Houston Colt .45's

Kansas City Monarchs

Los Angeles Zen

Milwaukee Pansies

Minnesota Moose

New York Dutchmen

New York Flatirons

Oakland Brewers

Philadelphia Patriots

Pittsburgh Dawgs

San Diego Black Sox

San Francisco Sea Lions

Seattle Iron Birds

St. Louis Red Birds

Texas Missions

Toronto Sharpshooters

Washington Generals


Home ] Up ]

Copyright © 2002-2014 Strat Pros Internet Baseball League
Last modified: Sunday, April 10, 2016