Today we will be discussing the Oakland Athletics, also known as the Oakland A's.
In school, I learned that apostrophes are not used to denote plurals. That would mean it should be Oakland As.
However, the AP Style Guide on my desk says to use an apostrophe to denote plurals of a single letter (but not multiple-letter combinations). That would mean Oakland A's is correct.
Still, that implies that the A stands for "Athletic" in the singular form, which requires us to make it plural each time.
Why can't the A stand for "Athletics"? That way, we could clear up any confusion.
It would be the Oakland A.