The 2012 Midwest League season begins on Thursday, April 5. The Burlington Bees have announced their…
Oakland A's Spring Q&A: Keith Lieppman
OaklandClubhouse: How did camp go this year? Was it similar to the 2008 camp in the way that there was increased competition for spots? Keith Lieppman: It did play out similarly. For many of the guys, it was just a matter of what level to put them in. Competition did have some play in several of the situations, but mainly once the major league club made their decisions with their key guys who came down, it was somewhat easier to get a direction as to which way the rest of the guys would fall. For instance, a guy like Josh Horton, who was hurt last year, we thought he'd have a chance to play at Triple-A, he gets bumped back to Double-A. And maybe a guy who got called up [to Triple-A] late last year like a Tyler Ladendorf, may have had a shot [at being sent to Triple-A], but most of it had to do with our big league roster and the effect is to push everyone backward in certain cases. OC: With the outfield situation and the first base situation in the big leagues, I imagine that the...
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