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A’s are baseball’s unlikeliest darlings—despite owners

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Whether or not the A’s end up in the playoffs, they’ll likely be remembered as one of the most successful teams ever produced under ownership that couldn’t shoot straight. That’s majority owner John Fisher (pictured), son of Gap founder Donald Fisher, and sidekick Lew Wolff, the team’s public face. The Chronicle’s Chip Johnson cuts to the chase about Wolff’s and Fisher’s “accidental” success in a column today:

Their obvious efforts to gut the team, provide scant financial resources and basically starve the ballclub right out of Oakland have backfired.

The team they sent onto the field, a patchwork quilt of hopefuls and has-beens, has become the darling of baseball, the Cinderella story of the major-league season.

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