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Friday, April 19, 2019

Warriors get trolled by Athletics after Khris Davis extension

The Oakland Athletics are keeping slugger Khris Davis around for at least two more seasons. The team agreed to a two-year, $33.5 million extension with Davis on Thursday.

Locking players up is something that deserves to be celebrated, so it’s no surprise the A’s took out a full-page newspaper ad announcing the signing. The team’s decision to poke fun at the Golden State Warriors in that ad, however, was a bit unexpected.

The ad read, “KD commits to Oakland.” The team used the same phrase in the press release announcing Davis’ extension, so they were obviously referring to Khris Davis and not the other KD in town.

Remember when it felt like abuse to take cheap shots at the Warriors, instead of the exact opposite?

 

QLE Posted: April 19, 2019 at 08:42 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, basketball, kevin durant, khris davis

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Edwin Jackson agrees to deal with Oakland A’s, his 13th team

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Edwin Jackson has agreed to a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics, which last year became his record-matching 13th big league team.

A’s manager Bob Melvin said Friday that the 35-year-old right-hander will go to the club’s spring training facility in Arizona before pitching in some games for Triple-A Las Vegas.

It’s a shame good baseball nicknames seem to be gone- in an earlier day, he would have become known as Peripatetic Jackson, and would have gained some notoriety as a result.

 

QLE Posted: April 13, 2019 at 07:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, edwin jackson

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Report: Athletics, Edwin Jackson close to agreement on minor league contract

The Athletic’s Julian McWilliams reports that the Athletics and pitcher Edwin Jackson are nearing an agreement on a minor league contract.

And the world’s longest hot stove season marches on!

 

QLE Posted: April 11, 2019 at 06:02 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, edwin jackson

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Ramon Laureano throws out runner at the plate | MLB.com

Another great throw.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2019 at 11:45 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ramon laureano

Wednesday, April 03, 2019

A’s reliever Fernando Rodney embraces title of ‘MLB’s oldest player’

OAKLAND—Fernando Rodney dances around the A’s clubhouse in nothing but a towel and flip flops.

If you didn’t know any better, you would think he was the youngest player on the team, an over-excited rookie who couldn’t contain his energy. Of course, it’s the exact opposite—Rodney is the oldest player in Major League Baseball.

At the age of 42, Rodney is three years older than anyone else in the league (39-year-old Albert Pujols is his closest competition). The A’s reliever is the only active player in baseball who was born in the 1970s—1977 to be exact.

An article to keep in parallel with the one from yesterday about the youngest player in MLB.

 

QLE Posted: April 03, 2019 at 03:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, fernando rodney, oldest player

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A’s trade for Kendrys Morales | MLB.com

The A’s have acquired infielder Kendrys Morales and cash from the Blue Jays in exchange for Minor League infielder Jesus Lopez and international slot money. Right-hander Jharel Cotton has been placed on the 60-day injured list to make room for Morales on Oakland’s roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2019 at 08:52 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, blue jays, kendrys morales, trades

Friday, March 22, 2019

MLB season preview: Five over/unders you can count on in 2019

Want an easy way to prove to your friends you’re smarter than everyone else when it comes to baseball? Just look at some MLB over/unders.

By looking at win totals, you can get a quick snapshot of where you differ from the general consensus. Do you find the Tampa Bay Rays’ 84.5 win total insulting? Tell your friends they are going to be much better than anyone expects. Think there’s no way the New York Mets surpass 85.5 wins? You just identified a bust.

Feel extra confident in those predictions? Well, you can wager some hard-earned gummy bears on the outcome.

Somewhere, Sport Sullivan is suspecting that he was born a century too early….

 

 

QLE Posted: March 22, 2019 at 07:20 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, braves, cubs, overunder, phillies, previews, reds

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Mariners beat A’s 9-7 with help from homers, a bat flip, and endless love for Ichiro

The first pitch of the 2019 MLB season was thrown at 5:36 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time, or 6:36 p.m. local time in Tokyo. Ladies and gentlemen, we have baseball.

There were a lot more 2019 firsts on the way to the Seattle Mariners’ 9-7 win over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday morning. A’s starting pitcher Mike Fiers threw the season’s first strike. Seattle’s Jay Bruce got the season’s first hit. Fiers’ teammate Stephen Piscotty scored the season’s first run and hit 2019’s first home run at the same time.

We’ll have to wait for our first pitcher’s duel, though. The crowd at the Tokyo Dome was treated to a bash fest, with 16 hits and five home runs between both teams. Seattle’s starter Marco Gonzales had a rough start, allowing four runs in his first three innings, but settled down and managed to throw three more scoreless innings.

After all those posts leading up to the game, it would be indecent not to link to an actual account of the game itself.

QLE Posted: March 21, 2019 at 08:22 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, japan, mariners, neutral site games, opening day

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Athletics excited about starting season in Japan next week

MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks wants to taste soy sauce ice cream. Teammate Marco Estrada is hoping to spend a day at Tokyo Disneyland. Athletics manager Bob Melvin just needs to pack.

Melvin and the Athletics head to Japan on Thursday for the major league opening series against the Seattle Mariners at the Toyko Dome on March 20-21. The A’s and Mariners also faced each other in the last opening series in Tokyo, splitting two games in 2012. The Chicago Cubs and New York Mets played there in 2000, the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004, and the Boston Red Sox and Oakland in 2008.

Oakland went on to win the AL West seven years ago and reach the Division Series.

Billy Beane, meanwhile, is considering threatening to move the team to Tokyo if Oakland doesn’t have over half of downtown for a stadium.

 

QLE Posted: March 14, 2019 at 06:08 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, japan, neutral site games, opening day

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A’s unfazed by slow springs for Matt Chapman, Khris Davis - SFChronicle.com

You don’t read about players working themselves into baseball shape during Spring Training often these days.

In addition, Chapman just plain needs to get back into baseball condition.

“I’m late to the party because I didn’t get to work out and train like these guys did all offseason,” he said. “So I’m kind of getting my body back in shape, get my baseball skills back where they need to be. But I feel like I’m getting stronger. My shoulder is better for sure, some of the scar tissue in my thumb is breaking up. I’m feeling more and more normal. My legs are starting to feel more like they’re under me.

“Everything’s coming together that I was a little nervous about a month ago. The trainers kept telling me, ‘Don’t worry, you have plenty of time,’ but I was like, ‘Gosh, am I going to be ready?’”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 13, 2019 at 07:46 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, matt chapman

Monday, March 11, 2019

Oakland’s Athletics need a home. They may get one — and provide 6,000 more

The Oakland Athletics badly need a new home. Their current one, plagued by plumbing problems, is an uncomfortable throwback to the days when baseball and football teams shared generic stadiums lacking in charm and good sight lines.

For two decades, the baseball team has looked for that new ballpark throughout the Bay Area. The Athletics’ latest offer, and possibly their last, is to build 6,001 homes in Oakland — one for themselves along the waterfront, the rest for a city desperately in need of housing.

In times past, taxpayers typically financed the stadiums and arenas, and the teams kept the profits. As California led the way in cutting those subsidies, owners turned to real estate development, making money by surrounding their venues with restaurants, shops and offices.

Now, with soaring rents in Oakland and elsewhere amplifying the housing shortage in California’s coastal cities, they are building homes.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 11, 2019 at 10:42 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Mariners, Athletics name starters for Tokyo series

The Mariners and Athletics will kick off the regular season a week before the other 28 teams with a two-game series in Tokyo, Japan March 20 and 21. The clubs have announced their starters for both series.

For the Mariners, Marco Gonzales will start the first game, followed by Yusei Kikuchi. For the A’s, Mike Fiers will start the first game, followed by Brett Anderson.

In other news, it sure doesn’t feel like the regular season should begin by the end of next week….

 

QLE Posted: March 11, 2019 at 09:42 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, japan, mariners, opening day

Friday, February 08, 2019

Here are five under-the-radar players to watch at A’s spring training

Believe it or not, spring training is just a few days away. The A’s will have as many as 61 players participating in big league camp, including 21 non-roster invitees.

While top prospects like Jesús Luzardo, A.J. Puk, Sean Murphy, and possibly Kyler Murray will rightfully garner most of the attention, there will also be several under-the-radar players who could contribute to the A’s this season. We’ve picked out five to keep an eye on

Question: If you tell us that a group of players are “under-the-radar”, does that immediately negate their status?

 

QLE Posted: February 08, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, under-the-radar

Saturday, February 02, 2019

A’s pitcher Sean Manaea is ‘feeling great’ following shoulder surgery

OAKLAND - When Sean Manaea underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in Septemeber, the expectation was that he would miss most, if not all, of the 2019 season.

Now, less than five months later, the A’s are optimistic their talented left-hander could return sometime around the All-Star Break.

“I’m feeling great,” Manaea told NBC Sports California. “This time compared to last year is 100 times better than how I felt. The surgery definitely fixed pretty much everything that was going on with my shoulder.”

 

 

QLE Posted: February 02, 2019 at 04:17 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, best shape of his life, sean manaea, shoulder surgery

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Sandy Alderson returns to the Oakland Athletics

When asked why he’d want to return, Alderson pointed out that, unlike his protege, his [Gong Show oops] actually worked in the playoffs.

QLE Posted: January 30, 2019 at 04:16 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, moneyball, sandy alderson

Friday, January 25, 2019

Athletics agree to one-year, $4 million deal with Marco Estrada

The Athletics are in agreement with right-handed starting pitcher Marco Estrada on a one-year, $4 million contract, as MLB.com’s Jane Lee and ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported on Friday and the team quickly confirmed.

The A’s will look to re-establish the value of the 35-year-old Estrada, much like they did with Trevor Cahill, Edwin Jackson, and Brett Anderson last year and have done with many starting pitchers in prior seasons. Estrada was one of the majors’ most effective starters as recently as 2016, serving as one of the anchors of the rotation for a Blue Jays team that made two straight ALCS in 2015-16 and making the AL All-Star team in ‘16. The 11-year veteran has struggled over the past two seasons, though, and he posted a 5.64 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP over 28 starts in 2018, striking out just 103 and walking 50 over 143.2 innings.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 25, 2019 at 03:38 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Apr 24, 1934 - New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Athletics, NYC (real sound)

Around 18 minutes of pregame festivities and game footage from Yankee Stadium- rather fascinating to watch in various regards.

QLE Posted: January 22, 2019 at 07:55 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, film, vintage baseball, yankee stadium, yankees

Friday, January 11, 2019

Inside Kyler Murray’s football-vs.-baseball decision

Dan O’Dowd had a great idea last night on MLB Tonight. With the changes in the CBA it’s a lot more difficult for baseball to compete with football because of the limits on bonuses. He suggested a change in the CBA whereby a team can match an NFL bonus, so baseball can better compete with the NFL.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 11, 2019 at 09:57 AM | 67 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, kyler murray

Thursday, January 10, 2019

A’s expect top pick Kyler Murray to enter NFL draft

The A’s expect Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, the team’s top pick last June, to declare for the NFL draft on Sunday, multiple sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday.

Declaring for the draft does not guarantee that Murray, an outfielder Oakland selected ninth overall, will decide to reject his $4.66 million deal with the A’s outright, but it certainly increases the chances that Oklahoma’s star quarterback will decide to go pro in football rather than baseball….

Should Murray, 21, opt to enter the NFL draft, the real question will come Feb. 15 when A’s position players report to Mesa, Ariz. — Murray has an invite to big-league camp. He could still opt to be in the A’s camp, but the NFL scouting combine begins Feb. 26 and any high-round hopeful would be expected to attend. That’s when Murray would have to make a decision between football and baseball, and one source told The Chronicle that Murray, a likely first-round NFL pick, is leaning toward football.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 10, 2019 at 08:37 AM | 102 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Friday, January 04, 2019

Marcus Semien to honor A’s mentor Ron Washington, who overhauled his defense - SFChronicle.com

This is great.

When Ron Washington began working with Marcus Semien in 2015, the A’s shortstop lacked some of the basics at the position.

“I wasn’t even holding my glove correctly,” Semien said. “Wash had to tell me to spread my hand to give the glove the widest surface, and then give the glove a push through the ball to eliminate any funky hops.”

The pairing of Washington, the longtime A’s coach and the winningest manager in Rangers’ history, and Semien, an everyday big-league player relearning defensive fundamentals during a season, was different, but it worked and then some. Semien went from having the worst season in the field in Oakland history in 2015 to being a Gold Glove finalist last season.

Semien knows the debt he owes, and Jan. 9, he will honor Washington at the fifth annual Coaching Corps Game Changer awards.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 04, 2019 at 08:38 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marcus semien

Friday, December 21, 2018

Athletics acquire Jurickson Profar from Rangers in three-team trade with Rays

All three teams have announced the trade. Here are the details:

Athletics get: IF Jurickson Profar
Rangers get: LHP Kyle Bird, LHP Brock Burke, RHP Yoel Espinal, IF Eli White, international bonus money
Rays get: RHP Emilio Pagan, RHP Rollie Lacy, Competitive Balance Round A draft pick

Bored Posted: December 21, 2018 at 04:36 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, rangers, rays, trades

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Marshawn Lynch makes plea to Oakland City Council on behalf of A’s

The Warriors are leaving Oakland for San Francisco next year.

The Raiders are leaving Oakland for Las Vegas in 2020.

The A’s? They will be the last team standing in Oakland when the dust settles, and have announced plans for a new stadium at Howard Terminal. But, the stadium plan still faces plenty of hurdles before shovels can hit dirt.

What better way to pressure municipal government than using athletes from another sport?

QLE Posted: December 20, 2018 at 07:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, marshawn lynch, oakland

Friday, December 14, 2018

MLB rumors: A’s haven’t called free agent Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Tulowitzki grew up an A’s fan in Sunnyvale.

Now that he’s a free agent after the Blue Jays released him earlier this week, he’d love to come home and play for the team he grew up rooting for.

But it doesn’t look like that will happen.

On the one hand, Tulowitzki isn’t a player the As would logically want- on the other hand, it does seem like the only free agents Billy Beane signs are similarly inexplicable….

QLE Posted: December 14, 2018 at 04:06 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, free agency, troy tulowitzki

Monday, December 10, 2018

Kyler Murray: Is The NFL A More Lucrative Option Than MLB for Oklahoma QB?

It’s not as cut and dried as you might think.

To offer one more comparison, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Dodgers lefthander Clayton Kershaw grew up together. Kershaw has been one of the best players in baseball over the past decade. Generously, Stafford could be described as a slightly above-average NFL quarterback. He’s made one Pro Bowl. In 10 seasons, Stafford has earned $178 million. If he plays the final four years of his current contract, he’ll have earned over $262 million. Kershaw has earned $173 million so far over 11 seasons. He will earn $266 million by the end of his current deal in 2021.

Both players are 30 years old, but because he’s a quarterback, there’s a good chance Stafford’s career will last longer than Kershaw’s. In 2018, seven of the NFL’s 32 starting quarterbacks are 35 or older. Four are 37 or older. Of the 196 pitchers and hitters who qualified for the ERA or batting title last season, 11 were 35 or older. Only three were 37 or older.

Murray will have a big decision to make going forward. But MLB’s decision to put a hard limit on draft bonuses and prohibit major league contracts for two-sport stars as draftees makes it hard for baseball to compete financially when it comes to quarterbacks.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 10, 2018 at 11:14 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, kyler murray

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

A’s building 2019 with dwindling revenue sharing - SFChronicle.com

The A’s are sticking with their plan to increase the payroll, which was lowest in the majors at the start of last season. Forst and executive vice president Billy Beane met with owner John Fisher last week to discuss spending parameters.

“We didn’t leave with a number I can report to you,” Forst said. “John has been pretty consistent in being open to what we want to do so I think we feel we have some flexibility.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2018 at 09:31 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

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