Years: 2004 – 2007
Other Candidates: Terrence Long (2000-2003); Johnny Damon (2001); Chris Singleton (2003); Nick Swisher (2004-2007); Carlos Gonzalez (2008); Rajai Davis (2009)
Summary: Acquired from the San Diego Padres after the 2003 season, Kotsay was brought in to fill Oakland's
Favorite A's Moment: The obvious choice would be his inside-the-park home run against Minnesota in Game #2 of the 2006 ALDS. But, I'll go with April 30, 2005, instead. M'man Vig and I were in attendance in Oakland on an afternoon when Kotsay went 5 for 6 with a walk-off single in the 10th inning. That game also featured a blown save by erstwhile A's closer, the combustible Octavio Dotel AND Jason Kendall batting third. Hard to believe we didn't make the playoffs that year.
Runner-Up: Nick Swisher
Worst of the Decade: Chris Singleton