Oakland A's: 10 Reasons They Will Regress in 2013

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Oakland A's: 10 Reasons They Will Regress in 2013
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Beane's work has been amazing and 2013 represents a similar challenge

In the home stretch of one of the most surprising seasons in franchise history, perhaps I may be accused of throwing a wet blanket on Oakland A's fans by speaking ill about 2013.

But this piece is not meant to slight anything that has happened in this remarkable year, which still has a chance to be historic in the East Bay. 

No, this is more about seeing things in the bigger picture. While the A's have over shot even the most optimistic expectations already in 2012, there are more than a few signs that what we are seeing is an illusion instead of a harbinger for future years.

Between you and me though, I will be fine with a World Series title and a few years of futility if that is what it meant.

But the A's are not even in October, so let's not get ahead of ourselves this year. Instead, what I hope to present is a realistic look at why Oakland's fortunes may not be so great next season. In a sense, I want to present this as a means to appreciate just how great this team has been to this point.

So, let's dig in. Here are the 10 biggest reasons to expect a regression from Oakland in 2013.

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