The Oakland Years
In Oakland, Parker would be able to play the outfield when his knees would allow and DH the rest of the time. He quickly found his place in Tony LaRussa's "Bash Brother" lineup. Batting behind Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire gave Parker plenty of opportunities and he made the most of them as the A's won the American League pennant in 1988. The A's lost the World Series to Los Angeles 4 games to 1 and in game 2, Parker went 3 for 3 against Series MVP Orel Hershiser who didn't give up any other hits in the game.
In 1989, Parker hit .264 with 22 HR and led the A's powerhouse lineup with 97 RBI. The A's won 97 games and returned to the World Series where they swept San Francisco in a series marred by a powerful earthquake prior to game 3. Parker slammed 2 home runs in the ALCS against Toronto and hit another in the World Series as he earned his 2nd ring. After the season, Parker signed a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
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