The 2013 season has the potential to be one of the most exciting seasons in Oakland Athletics history since Billy Beane took over as general manager.
Beane has led the A's since the 1998 season. The team has made playoffs six times in 15 years—a pretty impressive feat considering his budget. They've also won over 100 games twice.
Oakland may not hit the centennial mark this season, but it'll still go down as one of the best in recent memory.
First let's define "best."
In this case, the A's don't have to simply win 104 games (a would-be record under Beane) to make this the best season ever. It's not just about making the playoffs either. For this to be the "best" season, a few things have to take place at the same time: a winning record, a playoff berth, lots of fun and memorable performances. Going deeper into the postseason will help too.
You know, kind of like 2012, but better.
Here's four reasons they are on their way.
All statistics provided by Baseball-reference.com.