MINNEAPOLIS -- Sean Doolittle is the only A's All-Star who was drafted by the franchise. Yoenis Cespedes was signed as a free agent from Cuba, while Josh Donaldson (Cubs), Brandon Moss (Red Sox), Derek Norris (Nationals) and Scott Kazmir (Mets) started with other organizations.
Doolittle pointed out that the group representing the A's at this week's festivities is something of a microcosm of the roster as a whole.
"There's a lot of guys on our team who, maybe they got released by another organization, or another organization traded them away. Now they're with the A's, but maybe they're with their fourth or fifth team," Doolittle said.
"You've got a guy like Jesse Chavez who's bounced around and has found a home in the rotation and had an unbelievable first half of the season. Moss has bounced around from organization to organization and finally gets a chance to consistently play in the big leagues, and now he's in the All-Star game.
"In a way, it's part of our team character that everybody had weird, circuitous routes to the big leagues and everybody still plays with a little bit of a chip on their shoulder, like they've got something to prove, like they shouldn't have been passed over before. I think that's a big part of the reason why as a team we've been successful."