times, with 2001 being perhaps his best year with a .288 average, 32 HR, 43 doubles, and 114 RBI. He also provided outstanding defense at the hot corner, capturing the gold-glove every year from 2001-2006. With such accolades, it is a little strange that he was never named an All-Star during his time in Oakland. That seems like a snub to me, and perhaps you think I’m further snubbing him by not including him on this All-Time roster, but because of his injury-riddled final seasons in Oakland, I just don’t think his resume compares favorably to Baker’s.
After five seasons for the Angels and the Red Sox, Carney Lansford (1983-92) came over to the A's before the 1983 season in a trade for slugger Tony Armas. Lansford could hit for high average: his .336 in 1989 ranked second in the AL. He had a little power, hitting double-digit HR five times, and displayed some ability to steal bases late in his career (25+ bases from 1987-1989).
Also considered was Jimmie Dykes (1918-32), who played for the Athletics for a long time, playing significantly at both 3B and 2B. In fact, he ranks third in both games and at-bats for the franchise. He hit over .300 five times, but displayed limited power and speed. He had a fine 1929 campaign, hitting .327 with 13 HR and 79 RBI, to help Philadelphia to the World Series. And once there, he helped them win it over the Cubs as he went 8-19 in the five game series.
At SS I'll go with longevity over peak performance by choosing Bert Campaneris (1964-76) as the clear starter. Not that Campy wasn't a fine player, as he was an All-Star five times for the Athletics and was a demon on the basepaths. He stole 50+ bases seven times, leading the league six times, and is second all-time for the club in that category. And just imagine how many he would have swiped had he been able to get on base more often: his .314 OBP was definitely a weakness in his game. Not a power hitter, he never had over 10 home runs in a season except in 1970 when he busted out with 22. However, although he never cracked the top-10, he received some MVP consideration in eight seasons. And I was serious when I said he had longevity, as he is the all-time franchise leader in both games (1,795) and at-bats (7,180).
Miguel Tejada (1997-03) on the other hand provided the A’s with some very strong “peak performances”, and therefore deserves the backup spot. After starting his major league career as a 19-yr old in 1997, he matured into a major run producer a few years later. From 2000-2003 he hit 27-34 HR and 100+ RBI. In 2002 he hit .308 with 34 HR and 131 RBI, which was good enough to garner the AL MVP award. Highly