(1090 The Fan) — The two-time defending American League West champion Oakland Athletics look to invade Safeco Field for the first time in 2014, led by former Seattle Mariners manager Bob Melvin and shortstop Jed Lowrie. Lowrie joined The Steve Sandmeyer Show Friday before Game 1 of the series and told Steve, Bill and Jason that the approach the Athletics front office takes year-in and year-out is real.
“I think there’s value in it. I think the A’s target guys that can produce those types of results,” Lowrie said in reply to the Oakland organization’s theory that on-base percentage is life. “I don’t think, at least at the major league level, they’re not preaching on-base (percentage), I think they look for that that’s part of their game. When you look at it, statistically, a walk is as good as a single.”
Lowrie is a switch hitter and when asked about his path to success from each side of the plate, Lowrie admittied, “no question, it’s hard. It’s random, because I felt like in 2012 all my (good) results came from the left side and I felt like I hit the ball well from the right side.” Lowrie added that the smaller sample size from the right side — due to fewer than 40 percent of the pitcher being left-handed — can skew the numbers, but that as soon as he learned who he was as a hitter he started having more success batting right-handed.
Catch the entire interview below and find out what Lowrie had to say about facing Felix Hernandez and which pitch is The King’s best.