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Friday, March 17, 2017

Why do the A’s wear green? You can thank Charlie Finley | MLB.com

Though many of Finley’s ideas have now faded away into the annals of baseball history—there are no more hot pants days, mules named “Charlie O” or orange baseballs filling your broadcast—the Athletics are synonymous with the green and gold.

When you watch all the green on the field for St. Patricks Day, don’t just thank the 1978 Reds for being the first to start the tradition. Thank Charlie Finley for proving, long before the days of alternate jerseys, that fans do want colorful unis.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 17, 2017 at 05:47 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, charlie finley, uniforms

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Oakland A’s to lower stadium beer prices

We can’t afford Josh Donaldson, but we can afford cheap beer!

In a video posted to the A’s Facebook page, Kaval revealed that a 20-ounce serving of one of the 77 beers on tap will cost $10 for premium selections and $8 for domestic during the 2017 season. Comparatively, a 12-ounce beer at the Coliseum cost $5 in 2016, or about $.43 an ounce, according to Team Marketing Report. The discounted domestic beer will cost three cents less per ounce.  According to Kaval, the Coliseum now offers the cheapest beer of any Bay Area stadium.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 15, 2017 at 03:07 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, beer

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Tinkering with split-finger gave A’s Madson a sore arm - SFGate

“I was working on a new pitch, a split-finger fastball,” Madson revealed after his Cactus League debut Tuesday. “Either I overdid it, threw too many, or it’s just a nasty pitch on my elbow.”

Madson, 36, is a key part of the A’s bullpen plans. He saved a team-high 30 games last season — albeit with seven blown saves — and is in the late-game mix this season, though manager Bob Melvin hasn’t announced a closer.

Why try to add a split-finger fastball?

“I’m always trying to come up with something new to get the hitters seeing something new,” Madson said. “I was feeling strong, so I thought I’d just try it out. That’s it. Just curiosity. I had time to work on it.”

The right-hander worked the fourth inning of Tuesday’s wild 21-13 win over the Diamondbacks and surrendered two runs on three hits, including two doubles. He threw a fastball, curve, changeup and “a cutter that didn’t cut.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 08, 2017 at 08:30 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ryan madson

Monday, February 27, 2017

A’s Sonny Gray: WBC insurance denial ‘an unfortunate thing’ - SFGate

I’m not sure exactly what this means about their health.

The A’s right-hander wanted to pitch in the second round of the WBC next month, but the insurance carrier for the event pulled the plug because Gray didn’t meet some requirements after twice missing time with injuries last year. Gray spent more than 60 days on the disabled list, he was on the DL in late August, and when he returned, he didn’t pitch more than 10 innings.
“It’s not up to us or MLB, it’s up to the insurance company,” A’s general manager David Forst said. “MLB pushed the issue and asked the insurance carrier to let him pitch, and they didn’t do it. ... He feels great. He’s throwing.”

Canada’s Russell Martin also was denied insurance coverage for this WBC because of a previous knee injury.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2017 at 08:24 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, sonny gray, wbc

Friday, February 24, 2017

MLB views Las Vegas as ‘viable market,’ Rob Manfred says

So build that stadium, Oakland and St. Pete!

Major League Baseball’s softening stance on sports gambling may one day open the door to an untapped market long considered taboo: Las Vegas.

It’s all the rage lately, with the NHL’s 31st franchise set for a Sin City debut next season and the NFL on the brink of following suit. Might MLB join them? Commissioner Rob Manfred is at least open to the idea, a departure from baseball’s longstanding efforts to distance itself from the betting world.


“Las Vegas could be a viable market for us,” Manfred said during his Cactus League news conference Tuesday in Phoenix, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “I don’t think that the presence of legalized gambling in Las Vegas should necessarily disqualify that market as a potential major league city.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 24, 2017 at 11:51 AM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, expansion, las vegas, rays

Sunday, February 19, 2017

A’s Khris Davis won’t play in WBC, discusses love for Oakland - San Francisco Chronicle

I get why MLB wants the WBC. I can also get why players, especially pitchers, wouldn’t want to be part of it.

Davis said he doesn’t believe the WBC would be a distraction but added, “I think this would complicate things a little. … It’s more of a timing issue. I need to be here in Arizona during these dates.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 19, 2017 at 02:07 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, khris davis, wbc

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

How the A’s Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Oakland - WSJ

Though the city doesn’t intend to allocate public money for stadium construction, Schaaf said it will offer development entitlements, such as helping to secure publicly owned land, environmental clearance and infrastructure for transit.

“I’ve been very clear about what I believe is an appropriate and responsible role for the public dollar, and that is really only looking at new revenues that are generated by the project itself and dedicating those revenues to public infrastructure improvements,” Schaaf said.

Fans in Oakland have heard rhetoric about the A’s finding a way to stay before.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2017 at 12:49 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stadium financing

Monday, February 06, 2017

A’S NAME OAKLAND COLISEUM PLAYING SURFACE ‘RICKEY HENDERSON FIELD’

Rickey Henderson says this is a great tribute to Rickey!

As a tribute to former Athletic and MLB Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson, the Oakland A’s will name the field at the Oakland Coliseum “Rickey Henderson Field.” The team will dedicate Rickey Henderson Field during a special pregame ceremony on Opening Night, April 3, before the A’s play host to the Los Angeles Angels. Henderson will also serve as a Special Assistant to the President.

“Rickey Henderson is the greatest Athletic of all time. It is fitting we honor and recognize his impact on our franchise by naming our playing field after him,” said Oakland A’s President Dave Kaval.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2017 at 05:15 PM | 31 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rickey henderson

Thursday, February 02, 2017


The A’s are just sad now - Beyond the Box Score

We’ve been putting off this summation for more than two years, ever since Josh Donaldson got shipped north of the border for Brett Lawrie and co. We’ve wanted to put this off repeatedly, since Billy Beane built winners in the team’s 2012-14 renaissance. We want to believe that the first mainstream sabermetric success of 2001-2006 could manage to always be one step ahead of everyone else, always innovating and unearthing the next great market inefficiency.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 02, 2017 at 11:40 AM | 40 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Monday, January 30, 2017

Is A’s focus on chemistry a distraction from ballpark issues? - San Francisco Chronicle

They won’t look good in their jeans but they will have great personalities.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2017 at 01:41 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Former Giants closer Casilla nearing deal with A’s - SFGate

Athletics buying low.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 08:24 PM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, giants, santiago casilla

Oakland reportedly signs Trevor Plouffe | MLB.com

No dollar figures.

The 30-year-old infielder has come to terms on a deal with Oakland, pending a physical, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2017 at 06:33 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, free agents, trevor plouffe

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

OF Rajai Davis to join Oakland on 1-year, $6 million contract

The Oakland Athletics said they have agreed to a deal with former Cleveland Indians outfielder Rajai Davis on a contract a source told ESPN’s Jim Bowden was for one year and $6 million.

Davis, who revived his career in his first season with Cleveland, was one of the crucial players who helped get the AL champions to the World Series. The 36-year-old led the AL with 43 steals and helped solidify the outfield when All-Star Michael Brantley wasn’t able to come back from shoulder surgery.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2017 at 10:21 PM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rajai davis

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Renato Nunez Using Winter Ball As Springboard | BaseballAmerica.com

The true secret to his success?

“It makes me feel really good because my grandma, my mom, my cousins . . . everybody is able to watch me play,” Nunez said. “In the minor leagues it’s hard for my family to watch me play. So here, everybody goes to the field and watches me . . . It makes me feel real good.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 29, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects, renato nunez

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Oakland and the Athletics turn their eyes to MLS exec

After graduating from Stanford in 1998, Dave Kaval and a buddy gave themselves a gift, a cross-country road trip in which they visited all 30 Major League ballparks. They wrote a book about it called “The Summer That Saved Baseball.”

Now, almost two decades later, Kaval has found a higher calling: Saving baseball for Oakland.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 28, 2016 at 07:15 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, stadiums

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A’s outlook: Options at second base ‘a concern’ for 2017 season | CSN Bay Area

Yeah, not having a short-term and long-term answer is a real problem.

Shortstop Franklin Barreto, Oakland’s top overall prospect, has logged some time on the right side of the bag in the minors and most recently in the Arizona Fall League. The 20-year-old Barreto figures to begin this season with Triple-A Nashville but will likely make his big league debut sometime in 2017.

Unlike center field — where the A’s lack both a short and long-term answer — team officials at least like their future options at second. The question is whether they seek immediate help via free agency or trade.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 22, 2016 at 06:14 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Monday, December 19, 2016

Is there any hope for baseball’s basement dwellers?

We know there’s hope for the teams that just finished in first place. But is there hope for the teams that just finished in last place?

We’ve spent the past week asking that question to people all over baseball, especially in the wake of this sport’s new labor deal. We exempted the Atlanta Braves, a team moving into a new ballpark. We also exempted the Minnesota Twins, a franchise that just installed what is essentially a whole new group at the top of its baseball operations department.

But that still left four fascinating last-place teams with lots of questions about where they’re going, how they’ll get there and how the new labor agreement could affect them (or not). Those teams would be the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays and Cincinnati Reds. You’ve heard of them, right?

So let’s buckle them all into our hot seat and hook them up to our cool new gizmo—the Hope Meter. Do they have hope on the field? Do they have hope off the field? It’s time to answer those questions, in order of impact on the franchise, for all four teams.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 19, 2016 at 09:36 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, padres, rays, reds, tanking

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Hopeful A’s fans sit down with the new boss - San Francisco Chronicle

Beane didn’t get many rave reviews, nor did the departed Wolff.

“I don’t know the inner workings,” Zach Kalkanis said, “but I feel Lew Wolff was very much against putting in the money to keep talent around. I’m hoping (Kaval) sees that this is a mistake. We’ve had our hearts broken before.”

“Billy Beane always has an excuse” for trading star players, Paul Garcia observed. “And they keep saying we’re a small market. We’re not dumb.”

No. But optimistic? And now listened to? Yes.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 02:39 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Holy Toledo! Bill King is Hall of Fame announcer, finally

Decades overdue but at least it finally happened.

Not only a magnificent baseball announcer, he was also a first rate announcer for basketball (Warriors) and football (radio). 

Share your Bill King stories in the comments.

Traderdave Posted: December 07, 2016 at 12:02 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Friday, December 02, 2016

A’s, Yonder Alonso agree on new deal

Alonso will not be going yonder.

The A’s have reached an agreement with first baseman Yonder Alonso. The one-year deal is for $4 million, The Chronicle has learned.

“Very excited to be back with such an amazing organization,” Alonso said in a text. “Me and my family are thrilled. I believe this team is not far at all from achieving a post season and winning a championship. I’m also very excited with the young core of players that came up last year and thrilled to see the guys down in the farm to help us achieve our goal. Ready to get to work in spring training which is not far away at all. I’m very excited once again to be back and be apart of this amazing club.”

The A’s tendered contracts to all their arbitration-eligible players, including Sonny Gray, Khris Davis, Stephen Vogt and Liam Hendriks.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 02, 2016 at 03:29 PM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, yonder alonso

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Athletics sign Matt Joyce to 2-year, $11 million deal - MLB Daily Dish

The Athletics have agreed to a 2-year, $11 million contract with outfielder Matt Joyce, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal is pending a physical.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2016 at 11:07 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, matt joyce

Friday, November 25, 2016

Matt Chapman, Franklin Barreto top Oakland A’s farm system in 2016 | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Shortstop—Franklin Barreto, Midland (119 games), Nashville (four games): While scouts grade Barreto’s speed as average, the A’s top prospect contradicted that notion by stealing 30 bases to lead Oakland Minor Leaguers. But after also being caught stealing 17 times, Christenson sees plenty of room for improvement.

“He definitely has above-average speed. I think he’s a daring baserunner. He’s trying to figure out when is the best times for him to run,” the manager said. “I think that’s the main thing he needs to work on, picking better spots and reading slide steps and understanding when he has a better chance to be called safe when he does attempt to steal bases.”

After a slow first half, Barreto became more patient at the plate, working a career-best 36 walks with a .284 average across the two levels.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 25, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, prospects

Thursday, November 17, 2016

New A’s president Dave Kaval focused on stadium, community - San Francisco Chronicle

What’s he willing to sacrifice to get this photo removed from the internet?

Jim Furtado Posted: November 17, 2016 at 08:32 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ownership

Lew Wolff out as A’s managing partner

I guess he doesn’t know the way to San Jose….

Traderdave Posted: November 17, 2016 at 12:51 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

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