Brandon Moss on batting average: “It’s the stupidest stat!”

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Brandon Moss was a big part of the Athletics’ offense both in the regular season, and in the American League Wild Card game against the Royals. In the one-game playoff, Moss homered twice and knocked in five runs, but it just wasn’t enough as the A’s were eventually the victims of a 12-inning, 9-8 walk-off loss.

During the regular season, Moss hit .234/.334/.438, slugging 25 home runs and knocking in 81 runs. It’s the third consecutive season in which Moss has hit 20-plus home runs, which comes after years of limited opportunities in the minor leagues with the Red Sox, Pirates, and Phillies.

Moss talked with Eno Sarris of FanGraphs in what is a must-read interview. Fittingly, as he is on the Athletics, Moss is a huge advocate of Sabermetrics, calling batting average “the stupidest stat”. He also recalled how Phillies GM Ruben Amaro passed over him in favor of John Bowker in 2011 because it was believed that Moss couldn’t hit a fastball. Also noteworthy: Adam Dunn did not know who Amaro was.

Dunn: Tell me. Who’s this?

Moss: Ruben Amaro.

Dunn: Who’s that?

Moss: The GM for the Phillies. I was with the Phillies.

Dunn: The GM. They have no say.

Moss: Well, yes it does matter, if you want to be called up. I was having a good year and they went out and traded for a guy because they needed left-handed bench bat and someone asked, you know Moss is having a pretty good year in Triple-A for you guys, why do you need to go outside. He was like ‘We just don’t believe Brandon Moss is consistently able to hit a major league fastball.’ And I was like, that’s really all I kinda hit. It’s my best pitch. Everything else, I just hope I hit it. If you’re here, you’re like that. You better be able to hit that pitch. It was a funny comment and I laughed about it. Okay, if that’s how they feel, I can’t do anything about that.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.