This weekâ€™s web pick is a â€˜homerâ€™ selection for me as it is a website about the Oakland Aâ€™s.
Athletics After Dark is run by Aâ€™s journalist and fan Dale Tafoya.Â Dale has been featured at BaseballGB before as he wrote an excellent book about Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire, Bash Brothers, and was kind enough to participate in an author interview to go alongside my review of the book back in July 2008.
The site was launched in August and itâ€™s defining characteristic so far has been the growing series of unique podcast interviews with people related to the Aâ€™s.Â
Most recently, Dale interviewed Mychael Urban, currently a member of the CSN Bay Area crew and previously the Aâ€™s beat writer on MLB.com, about the Aâ€™s â€˜Big Threeâ€™ starters from the early 2000s: Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito.Â Previous interview subjects have ranged from the Aâ€™s Travelling Secretary Mickey Morabito, to an expert on the Aâ€™s minor league prospects (Melissa Lockard of Scout.com) and the actor Art Ortiz who will play Eric Chavez in the upcoming movie of Moneyball.
While he didnâ€™t write the book (in contrast to what some people still seem to believe), the central character in Moneyball was, of course, the Aâ€™s General Manager Billy Beane.Â He was the subject of the first podcast and itâ€™s definitely worth listening to that one all the way through as near the end Dale asks Billy a question posed by a certain baseball writer from Great Britain!