Oakland’s Matt Outfield

If you have not caught an Oakland Athletics’ game lately, then seeing the names “Matt Watson” and “Matt Carson” in the box score might catch you off guard. By this point in the season, it should be no surprise that the A’s are rummaging through each and every trashed box with the words “outfield” marked. Since opening day, their outfield has been in a liquid state. Take a look at the starting outfield by the first game of every month for proof:

Opening day: Travis Buck/Rajai Davis/Ryan Sweeney
May 1: Eric Patterson/Davis/Gabe Gross (Sweeney’s platoon mate)
June 1/July 1: Gross/Davis/Sweeney
August 1: Watson/Davis/ Carson

The A’s have had a dozen different players start games in the outfield. That number is one more than the depleted Boston Red Sox have sent beyond the infield dirt. So who are these Matt fellows? Let’s start with Watson. For the sake of timeliness, here are each of the organizations Watson has been a part of since being drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1999:

New York Mets (twice)
Oakland Athletics (twice)
Toronto Blue Jays
Lancaster (Independent League team)

Watson actually did reach the majors with the Mets in 2003, racking up 25 plate appearances in September. Two years later he resurfaced with these very same Oakland A’s and now he’s back. As far as personal achievements go, I’m not sure how highly he cherishes breaking the 100 career plate appearances mark, but he broke it earlier this week, so congratulations to him on that and having an interesting choice in facial hair.

Carson’s story is less winding since Oakland is only the second organization he’s played with. Drafted by the New York Yankees out of BYU, he spent years intheir minor league system before joining Oakland prior to the 2009 season. Naturally, he made his major league debut last season and even hit a home run. He’s got one this year as well.

Honestly, neither is performing well enough to think they will ever be anything more than organizational soldiers called upon during lost seasons – which is why you’d never heard of them before. That’s not to diminish what they’ve accomplished, though, as only a select few amongst the world’s baseball players get to don a major league uniform, and even fewer for the amount of time these two will have if they can last the season .

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  1. alex says:

    If only they had Carlos Gonzalez & Andre Ethier. Ethier for Bradley is one of the classics.

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    • Streams Of Whiskey says:

      It smells like poop when you talk.

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    • C says:

      Ethier is not a good fielder (how bad of one he is depends on what you think of of his UZR rating – it could cost most of what his bat adds) while Gonzalez has some very bipolar home/away splits (he’s hitting way better at Coors than elsewhere, so would his success translate to the A’s? prob not). If only they has prospects that panned out or enough payroll to snag legitimate stars is more like it.

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    • JD says:

      Ethier for Bradley was an excellent trade for the A’s that helped propel them to the ALCS.

      Andre Ethier is, at BEST, a 2 win player in Oakland. He’s quite possibly a worse defensive player than Jack Cust.

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  2. Ryan Rigato says:

    That’s not the A’s starting outfield, Davis has not been in Center, CoCo Crisp has.

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  3. Nathaniel Dawson says:

    Isn’t this the team that caused so much commotion because they signed too many outfielders in the offseason?

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  4. Zonis says:

    You forgot Watsons stints in Japan and Korea

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  5. Oscar V says:

    Watson is my boy in Baseball Mogul. But I don’t understand why he demands such a high salary with such little major league experience.

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    • Rev. Brown says:

      Watson is my boy too!

      This is…a young man that you all know as Joe the Policeman from the “What’s Goin’ Down” episode of “That’s My Mama.”


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  6. JD says:

    Matt Watson’s current facial hair is far more interesting than in that link:


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  7. Sterphles says:

    I know he hasn’t necessarily lit the world on fire in AAA, but what’s the hold up on getting a look at Michael Taylor at this point?

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  8. Tony E says:

    Now we got Chris Carter to add the list (depending if he does play LF or 1st)

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