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The 2012 Oakland A’s season was a remarkable display, capped by an unexpected playoff appearance.
What helped make the year so extraordinary was the fact that 50 different players were used throughout the season. With injuries, suspensions, demotions and platoons, the A’s roster seemed to have a transaction every week.
So far, 2013 isn’t on pace to match last season’s turnover rate; but that’s not to say the A’s clubhouse hasn't seen its share of brand-new faces.
With Brett Anderson and Coco Crisp being shelved for 15 days, the Athletics made another roster change: They brought up catcher Luke Montz on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old fits the prototypical A’s player, specifically his vagabond path to the 25-man roster. He last played in the bigs in 2008 with the Washington Nationals, where he tallied a mere 21 at-bats.
His random journey to Oakland is similar to those of his A’s teammates who made significant impacts for the first time last season.
Here’s hoping Montz can likewise contribute during his fill-in position with the team, no matter how long or short it lasts. His start in Wednesday’s game was modest, yet exciting. He was 1-for-4, smacking his very first Major League double in Oakland’s late-game comeback attempt.
Quite an A’s debut. Seems like he’ll fit right in.