Rich or poor: A's fall flat again in postseason

For the third straight year the A's season ends in bitter disappointment, writes Jim Caple.

Originally Published: October 6, 2002
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Why has Oakland won 296 games the past three years without winning a single postseason series? Because as good as the pitchers are, as shrewd a general manager as Billy Beane is, as many MVP candidates as the team develops, when the Athletics reach the playoffs they suddenly turn into the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, becoming as sloppy and disheveled as Nick Nolte's hair.

Two years ago they lost the fifth and deciding game of the Division Series when they misjudged flyballs and ...

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