Second baseman had superb rookie season, but last his strut last year


This is about Oakland A's once-and-perhaps-future second baseman Jemile Weeks, but first it's about the refrigerator magnet.

At the start of last season, the A's produced a magnetized season schedule you could stick on your refrigerator. It was Weeks' photo on the magnet, Weeks sliding, Weeks' hat flying off, Weeks' dreadlocks almost taking off into space.

The photo was dramatic and it meant Jemile Weeks, 25 at the time, was the face of the Oakland A's. Admittedly the A's didn't have much of a face — they would gain face later in the season. But Weeks had batted .303 in 2011, his rookie year, and he was an essential part of the A's future. Until he wasn't.

Last year, he didn't play well — couldn't hit for sure. On Aug. 21, the A's sent him down to Sacramento. Now, he is in camp competing with Scott Sizemore, Jed Lowrie and Adam Rosales. "There are a lot of pieces we are taking a look at," manager Bob Melvin said.

Could Weeks end up on the bench or in Sacramento?

"I think anything's open, yeah," Melvin said.

So Weeks, who used to represent the A's future, is fighting to be part of the present. I spoke to him Thursday in the A's clubhouse, spoke about the magnet. Sure, he saw it. "To be able to come out the first season and have the success I had and to be rewarded that fast, I was really honored," he said.

What happened in 2012?

"You hit a dull point and you try to get out of it, and you're kind of fighting yourself more than you're fighting the game. You just grow from it."

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