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A's movin' like Bernie

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A's movin' like Bernie

OAKLAND -- They do it in the clubhouse, they do it in the dugout, they do it on the field, and they even did it in celebration at first base immediately after capturing their MLB-leading 11th walk-off win Sunday.

The A's move it like Bernie.

You may have noticed the weird dance that A's players keep doing. It's called the "Bernie." It's a dance that got started when a rapper known as ISA released the song 'Moving like Bernie' back in 2010. So why in 2012 has this caught on with the A's?

"We started playing it in the clubhouse a couple weeks back and Brandon Inge loved it," reliever Jim Miller said with a grin. "He changed it to his walk-up song. We've been having a good time with it."

Figuring there had to more to the story of how a song based on the late 1980s movie "Weekend At Bernie's," became the A's go-to celebration dance -- the quest went straight to the source.

"Yeah, I like the song, I like the song," Inge said while trying to keep a straight face. "It was Coco Crisp that put it on. I think Jerry Blevins showed me the video of the guys dancing to it and I was just dying laughing."

"I can't take credit for that," Coco Crisp said. "It was Jerry Blevins who brought the Bernie inside the clubhouse."

"It started because I make fun of today's hip hop, it doesn't have any message whatsoever," Blevins said. "Then the Bernie song came out and I heard it this past New Year's Eve for the first time and I love it."

Upon hearing the song, Blevins brought it to Crisp's attention. In the past Crisp has come out to dance songs like 'The Dougie' or 'The Cat daddy,' so Blevins thought it was perfect for him. Crisp, however, liked his current walk-up song and instead put the Bernie on his iPad and started mixing the song into his clubhouse rap rotation. Inge then made it his walk-up song as an inside joke. That's when the Bernie started going viral.

"Someone told Inge that the right field caught onto it, and they are doing the Bernie over there too," Crisp said. "I told Inge he should point up there like Babe Ruth. He didn't do it, but he did hit a home run."

It's goofy reasons like these that the A's have won five straight games and nine out of their last 10 contests. In a game of intense pressure and failure it apparently helps to keep it loose. No one is ever more at ease than when leaning back, letting their arms go limp, and doing the Bernie.

"It kind of relaxes everyone a little bit and puts everyone in a good mood," Miller said. "It's a lot of fun around here right now. We are playing good baseball and enjoying it."

Gon' let it sink in, we do this every weekend, we move it like Bernie. There might be one more connection that no one has realized. Weekend At Bernie's came out in 1989 -- the last year the A's won the World Series. So next time you are watching an A's game and you see the boys on the field doing the Bernie do it with them. Just remember to "Hold yah head back like a nosebleed comin' through."

Baseball America releases new top 10 A's prospects for 2020 MLB season

Baseball America releases new top 10 A's prospects for 2020 MLB season

The A's top three prospects virtually are set in stone. Wherever you look, you likely will see the same three names in the same order: Jesus Luzardo, A.J. Puk and Sean Murphy. 

That's a pretty talented trio right there. It's the same top three that led off Baseball America's list of top A's prospects going into the 2019 season. The same goes for 2020

Luzardo and Puk are regarded as two of the best left-handed pitching prospects in all of baseball. With a high-90s fastball and nasty changeup, Luzardo has all the ingredients to one day be a perennial Cy Young candidate. Puk's fastball-slider combination has him right up there with Luzardo, too. 

Murphy is expected to make a big impact on the A's this upcoming season, and the catcher is regarded as one of the best defensive prospects in the game. The 25-year-old made his MLB debut last year and hit four homers in limited time, too. 

The real change for the A's, however, is at No. 4. Going into last season, Baseball America had a Heisman Trophy winner as Oakland's fourth-best prospect. That's right, we're talking about Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyle Murray. 

While Murray claims he still believes he can play both sports in a calendar year, and the A's still own his baseball rights, it's highly unlikely the elusive QB ever wears an A's jersey. So, who's the A's new No. 4 prospect? Cal product Daulton Jefferies made a huge leap in the rankings. 

Jefferies, 24, entered 2019 as the A's No. 18 prospect on Baseball America's top-30 team rankings. The low ranking wasn't due to his talent, though. It was all because of injury risks. Jefferies missed a chunk of his junior year at Cal with a shoulder injury and then had Tommy John surgery in late April 2017. 

Prior to the 2019 season, Jefferies had only pitched 20 1/3 innings since being drafted by the A's with the 37th pick overall in 2016. He was healthy last year and showed his potential that always has intrigued front offices. The 6-foot right-hander went 2-2 with a 3.42 ERA and had 93 strikeouts to only five walks in 79 innings pitched between Advanced Class A and Double-A. 

[RELATED: A's Reed hopes to reunite with Florida teammate Puk in '20]

Jefferies is expected to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas. He throws everything for strikes and sits in the low-to-mid 90s with his fastball. The A's will be safe with his workload, but don't be surprised if the former Cal Bear makes it to Oakland this season. 

There's no doubt the A's have one of the best young trios in Luzardo, Puk and Murphy. Don't forget about Daulton, though -- even if he does spell his name wrong.

MLB rumors: A's free-agent target Matt Wieters returning to Cardinals

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MLB rumors: A's free-agent target Matt Wieters returning to Cardinals

The A's could use a veteran catcher on their major league roster, but Matt Wieters will not be that guy.

The veteran catcher will be returning to the St. Louis Cardinals, MLB Network's Jon Heyman reported Sunday.

A little over a week ago, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported, citing sources, that Wieters was drawing interest from the A's and Cardinals.

Wieters to the A's would have made sense because both catchers on Oakland's big league depth chart, Sean Murphy and Austin Allen, are rookies.

Instead, Wieters decided to stick with the team he played for in 2019. In 67 games last season, the 33-year-old slashed .214/.268/.435 with 11 homers and 27 RBI.

[RELATED: Buddy Reed hopes to reunite with Puk]

With Wieters reportedly off the board, there still are several attractive veteran catchers on the free-agent market for the A's to consider: Russell Martin, Caleb Joseph, Nick Hundley, Jonathan Lucroy, Bryan Holaday and Welington Castillo, just to name a few.

The A's have been relatively quiet this offseason, so we'll see if they make any more additions before pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Ariz. on Feb. 12.