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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

Thursday, November 01, 2018

MLB free agency: Athletics exercise option on Fernando Rodney, who could be baseball’s oldest player in 2019

Somewhere, Bartolo Colon hears this and decides “Challenge accepted!”

QLE Posted: November 01, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, fernando rodney

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

SportsRadioPD: Barrett: Divorce Was Inevitable For The A’s and 95.7 The Game

The problems with selling Green and Gold in a sea of Orange. Or: why the A’s were never going to get A-grade radio coverage in the Bay Area, and never accepted it.

There was also a public perception that the team wouldn’t spend money to retain key players, the stadium they played in was a mess, and ownership made it worse by continuing to tell the public they wanted no part of being in Oakland. The vibe all the way around was negative. Meanwhile, the teams across the street seemed to have everything going their way.

Reality was that the audience and advertisers had an insatiable demand for Giants, 49ers, and Warriors content, and if we hoped to compete, we needed to be talking about what mattered most to the majority. That didn’t mean the A’s and Raiders weren’t part of our content plans too, they were, but if they expected to be covered the way KNBR had the Giants, well we weren’t going to do that.

 

Greg Franklin Posted: October 31, 2018 at 02:52 PM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, broadcasting, giants, media, radio

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Athletics reportedly will extend manager Bob Melvin, VP Billy Beane, GM David Forst

The Athletics were the most surprising MLB team this year, leading general manager Billy Beane to say the club wanted to extend manager Bob Melvin’s contract earlier this month.

It turns out Beane and executive vice president David Forst will also reportedly receive extensions, too.

The Athletic reported Friday the team is set to announce Melvin, Beane and Forst will get new contracts, possibly right after the World Series. Their contracts were all set to expire after the 2019 season.

So, any chance that any of these men will be traded before their contracts expire for a collection of prospects?

 

QLE Posted: October 27, 2018 at 12:15 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, billy beane, bob melvin, contract extensions, david forst

Monday, October 15, 2018

Projecting the composition of A’s bullpen in 2019

The A’s bullpen was probably the greatest strength of the team in 2018. Oakland’s pen ranked third in Major League Baseball with a 3.37 ERA and second with a .220 opponents’ batting average, while pitching the second most innings in the league.

The bullpen should still be a strength next season, although it will likely look a bit different. Veterans Fernando Rodney and Jeurys Familia are long shots to return, while Shawn Kelley and Cory Gearrin are questionable at best. But the A’s will still have plenty of young and talented arms to close out games in 2019.

First and foremost, All-Star closer Blake Treinen should be back in green and gold. The 30-year-old is under team arbitration control, projected to make around $5.8 million, according to MLB Trade Rumors. That would be a bargain for the best closer in baseball, especially one who’s capable of pitching multiple innings.

For those curious, this is part of a series that NBC Sports BayArea is running- there are quite a few other articles posted considering this basic topic, with more apparently forthcoming.

 

QLE Posted: October 15, 2018 at 02:39 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, bullpen, projections

Saturday, September 29, 2018

A’s set to play AL wild-card game in New York after Yankees win

ANAHEIM — It was going to take a miraculous turn of events to change what was almost a given, but it’s now set in stone — the A’s road to the ALDS will have to go through New York.

The Yankees knocked off the Boston Red Sox 11-6 on Friday night, securing their position as the top American League wild-card team. The wild-card game will be played Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

Before the A’s took on the Angels on Friday, manager Bob Melvin said he along with pitching coach Scott Emerson and GM David Forst were still holding daily conversations in order to determine which pitcher will start the game. Now that they know the game will be played in New York, it should give the team a better indication as to who the starter will be.

Efforts by As management to split the difference in travel and hold the game in Omaha were ultimately to no avail.

QLE Posted: September 29, 2018 at 04:56 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, wild card, yankees

Thursday, September 27, 2018

J.B. Wendelken might be in A’s postseason relief plans

This is just wrong. 18 pitches and the bullpen is thin?

Wendelken was needed for a second day in a row because even with an 18-man bullpen, the A’s were a little on the thin side. Lou Trivino was a little better after being unavailable Tuesday with a neck issue, but Melvin said he wanted to try to stay away from him and Cory Gearrin, who has been out with triceps discomfort.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 27, 2018 at 06:23 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Oakland A’s All-Star Jed Lowrie’s Career Has Been Fueled by Data

“As a player, all you can do is hit the ball hard. Sometimes that’s easier said than done when, at the end of the day, you’re still being evaluated on batting average, on-base percentage. You want to see those results, but sometimes you have to have a long-term view point and know that if you hit the ball hard consistently, you’re going to have those results.”

“I check [Statcast] regularly. We have our system upstairs in the clubhouse, so if you see me leaving the dugout, 99 percent of the time it’s to go up and look at either video or exit velocity and launch angle. I use that information more as a debriefing. I can figure out that if I take the swing that I wanted to mechanically on a pitch that I know I can hit hard, but the exit velocity wasn’t what I expected it to be, then maybe it’s because my legs aren’t underneath me.

“I had a collision earlier in the year that forced me to cut back on a lot of my lower-body workouts. The next two, three weeks, I was hitting balls that I thought were hard, but Statcast said [they were] not as hard as they should have been. I realized that I don’t need to change anything mechanically—my mechanics look good—I just need to get my legs back underneath me.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 23, 2018 at 08:25 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, jed lowrie

Monday, September 17, 2018

Nashville Divorces Athletics

The A’s aren’t sure where their next Triple-A affiliate will be, but it will not be in Nashville. Instead, Oakland’s top affiliate next season is likely to end up neighbors with the Raiders.

The Nashville Sounds have informed the A’s that the affiliation agreement with the A’s is over, two sources told The Chronicle.

I’m sure the Washington Nationals would like to have a lil chat with Nashville.

Bote Man Posted: September 17, 2018 at 09:05 AM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: affiliations, athletics, minor leagues, nashville

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A’s lose Sean Manaea to shoulder surgery at worst possible time

With just weeks to go before the postseason starts, the Oakland Athletics have lost their best pitcher. Sean Manaea will undergo surgery on his pitching shoulder Sept. 19. A’s manager Bob Melvin doesn’t expect to have Manaea back until after the 2019 season.

Prior to the injury, the 26-year-old Manaea posted a 3.59 ERA over 160 2/3 innings. Manaea initially went on the disabled list in late August due to a shoulder issue. After being examined, doctors determined he would need to have surgery.

The surgery comes at an awful time for the A’s. The team will now lose one of its best pitchers just weeks before the postseason. The Athletics currently hold a 7.5-game lead for the second wild-card spot in the American League. Manaea would have been a candidate to start for the team in the wild-card game.

QLE Posted: September 12, 2018 at 09:25 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, pitcher injuries, sean manaea, shoulder surgery

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Phil Pote, a Los Angeles coach and scout who helped build baseball in the inner city, dies at 85

Baseball lost another legendary scout.

From the outside, the story appeared to be that of a white man leading an African American team from the inner city to victory. But that 1963 Fremont team was the last team from South Los Angeles to win the City championship. In the last 45 years, only one team outside the San Fernando Valley has won the title at the highest level: San Pedro, in 1992.

Pote aspired to rebuild baseball in South Los Angeles, where such stars as Eric Davis, Eddie Murray, Ozzie Smith and Darryl Strawberry grew up. The late John Young, who founded Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities, an academic and athletic program that has since been adopted by Major League Baseball and expanded nationally, said he was inspired by Pote’s efforts.

“I was a poor kid from Pico and Union, and sports was the attraction,” Pote told The Times in 2011. “As a coach, I saw this repeated a number of times: Athletics is the attraction, education is the goal. But you can’t educate them if you don’t attract them.”

In 2009, Times columnist Bill Plaschke wrote about how Pote had remained active in scouting without using the not-so-new tools of the trade: a radar gun, a video camera, a cellphone, even an email address.

“I came into this world without all that technology,” Pote said. “I will leave without it.”

Pote is survived by his brother, Wayne, 98, and two nieces. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages contributions to the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy in Compton.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 22, 2018 at 11:14 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, dodgers, mariners, phil pote

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

A’s slug their way into contention

The A’s are doing a lot of things well right now.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 21, 2018 at 11:31 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Lindbergh - The Opener’s Opening Act

Before Kevin Cash and the Rays made headlines for their starting rotation experimentations, Tony La Russa and the 1993 A’s implemented a pioneering plan to limit their starters’ exposure. Their tinkering came too soon to set a trend, but with hindsight, it’s proving prophetic.

Bote Man Posted: August 21, 2018 at 07:00 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, pitching, relief pitching, rotation

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