Big endorsement for MACs

Posted By on March 18, 2009 2:50 pm

The Vin Mazzaro-Brett Anderson-Trevor Cahill trio (MAC, as they’ve come to be known around the web) are getting some love from Jason Giambi. Giambi said he’s encouraged GM Billy Beane to throw caution to the wind and start the season with all three of them in the rotation.

“Hopefully we’ll have a shot to ride these guys right out of spring training,” Giambi said. “I’ve been pushing to go with these kids. I’d love to see all three of them. Just bum rush this league and let them go.”

Giambi has heard all of the comparisons between these three and those other three (Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito). He admits, and I concur, that it’s totally unfair and unwarranted to compare the new guys to those guys, but we’re going to do it anyway.

“I don’t want to put that type of pressure on them,” Giambi said. “Those three guys (Hudson, Mulder and Zito), what they accomplished here is pretty amazing. The biggest thing is I love with (Anderson, Cahill and Mazzaro) is their makeup. They have similar traits. They have great mound presence. They have that will to win. They go after guys. They have phenomenal stuff.”

The A’s seem to be in a similar spot to where they were when Hudson, Mulder and Zito arrived. They had a group of veteran hitters (Giambi, Matt Stairs, John Jaha) and nothing but potential among the pitchers. The A’s look like they will score runs this year, but it seems like the only way they really contend is if the MACs really can be the next HMZ (doesn’t sound as good), and do it soon.

“This team is on the verge of being a really really good team if those young kids can turn it on,” Giambi said.


5 Responses to “Big endorsement for MACs”

  1. Oakland Sí says:

    wow, Jason…all three?

    The only way that makes sense is if all three are really better options than one of Eveland, Braden and Gallagher (I iimagine Gallagher would be the one).

  2. OS says:


    Bum rush the league.

    That’s not something you want to do in Britain.

  3. ray says:

    here’s the difference though:

    mulder MSU/zito USC/hudson auburn had experience in competitive college baseball. zito/mulder when drafted were known for their polish and possibly fast tracked route to the majors

    hudson had around 20 mlb starts before his 1st full major league season
    zito came up around midseason

    in 2000, when the big 3 formed that staff had veterans in heredia/appier/olivares to eat up innings

    i still think its risky for all 3, i see anderson as the most mlb ready

  4. Jay says:

    While I like the enthusiasm for the young guys this does make me a little concerned for the other guys in the rotation.

    What does this say about Giambi’s confidence in guys like Eveland, Galagher, Braden, Gonzalez, and Outman?

  5. Mickey says:

    That is true Jay, what is Giambi saying about the rest of the guys? I think it is a little silly to fast track all 3 of the MAC’s, let’s not get carried away.

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