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Players and Coaches That Will Lead the Oakland A's to the AL West Title
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Oakland Athletic fans are used to things coming down to the wire.

Last year, the A's made the playoffs with two games left in the season, and then, on the last day, they won the division. Can't get closer to the end than actually being at the literal end of the season.

This year seemed different, though. At the All-Star break, the A's had a two-game lead over Texas, a record of 56-39 and Yoenis Cespedes brought home the Home Run Derby trophy for the first time since Mark McGwire did it 1992.

But something is happening that A's fans can't understand. The team has gone 15-16 since the All-Star game, it's been banged up at every position (especially catcher) and now, instead of the six-game lead it had in late July, Oakland is 2.5 games behind Texas.

Something has to click for the A's in order for them to make it back to the top of the AL West.

Check out these five players that will lead them to the promise land again.

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