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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Source: A’s sign former All-Star Matt Harvey minor league contract

The A’s are taking a chance on Matt Harvey.

A source confirmed to NBC Sports California’s Ben Ross that the A’s signed Harvey to a minor league contract. Roster Resource first reported the sides were nearing an agreement, and Jon Heyman first reported the deal.

Harvey was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball during the first three seasons of his career, making the All-Star Game and finishing fourth in NL Cy Young voting in 2013. He partially tore his UCL that season and missed all of 2014 after underoing Tommy John surgery, but Harvey returned to form in 2015 and helped lead the Mets to the NL pennant.

And with the minor league season over in a little over three weeks too….

 

QLE Posted: August 15, 2019 at 04:32 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, matt harvey

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Oakland Raiders owner rips Athletics over their stadium situation

In an interview with The Athletic’s Vincent Bonsignore, Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis ripped the Oakland Athletics, calling them “pricks” and “f***ing dysfunctional” with respect to their stadium situation and how he believes they’ve treated the Raiders since the football team broke its lease and made plans to move to Las Vegas.

“Unfortunately, there’s a problem there. As far as the players and everybody, we love the A’s. We seriously do. But the front office has been real pricks. They’ve been really f****** around with us up there, taking advantage of the situation. Which, it is their right to do it, but it makes it hard. Again though, we love the players, we love the A’s.”

His beef is primarily about how the A’s, who now have greater control over the Coliseum than the Raiders do, have reduced the number of seats for football by adding theater boxes, lounge seats, and terrace tables, among other things.

Awfully rich, coming from the son of the guy who ruined the stadium in the first place…..

 

QLE Posted: August 10, 2019 at 08:18 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, oakland coliseum

Khris Davis Isn’t Batting .247 ????

A fun piece about a fun thing in baseball that is probably going to end.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

“I Got Lucky Man” Dennis Eckersley on Surviving His Tough Times

Then on March 30, 1978, near the end of spring training, Eckersley was traded to the Red Sox along with catcher Fred Kendall for an assortment of four players, none of whom wound up altering the Indians’ fortunes.

The same day, his wife Denise, whom he’d married when they were both 18 and with whom he had an infant daughter, Mandee, told him she wanted a divorce. A few months later she told him she wanted to marry his best friend, Indians center fielder Rick Manning….

During a Red Sox-Indians game earlier this season, I saw Eckersley behind the Fenway Park press box gathering intelligence on the Indians from one of the team’s broadcasters. The other guy looked familiar, an ex-ballplayer for sure, a face from a baseball card long since lost. I turned the corner to leave the press box, and then it hit me who it was: Rick Manning.

I mentioned it to Eckersley a few weeks later, after he had brought up the affair between his first wife and his best friend, and the heartbreak and sadness that led to him being traded to the Red Sox. “He’s the father to my daughter,” says Eckersley. “I mean, it’s been 40 years. It’s not about forgiveness. It’s about moving on with your life and living it. We were all young. I was on the road half the time, and I was hardly innocent myself, and suddenly you come home and you’re not that attractive anymore. It was an ugly way to have it happen. It was painful as hell.” He pauses, then says, “[We have] a daughter together. I’ve got to be nice.”

Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: July 16, 2019 at 10:08 PM | 41 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, broadcasters, cubs, hall of fame, red sox

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Luzardo, Puk strong in returns for Ports | MiLB.com News

A.J. Puk, MLB.com’s No. 35 overall prospect, struck out four over two innings, allowing one run in his first appearance since 2017. He was followed by 13th-ranked Jesus Luzardo, who threw three scoreless frames before Class A Advanced Stockton rallied for a 4-3 victory over San Jose at Banner Island Ballpark.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 12, 2019 at 05:58 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: a.j. puk, athletics, jesus luzardo

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

MLB roundup: A’s win 10th straight

The Oakland Athletics rode three home runs and stellar relief pitching to a 10th consecutive victory Monday afternoon, 8-5 over the visiting Los Angeles Angels.

Jurickson Profar rallied the A’s from an early deficit with a two-run homer, Josh Phegley broke a tie with a solo shot, and Matt Chapman gave his bullpen some breathing room with another solo homer, allowing Oakland to win its fourth straight game to open its nine-game homestand.

Albert Pujols hit his ninth home run of the season for the Angels.

Oakland’s Chris Bassitt (3-1) got the win despite giving up five runs and six hits in five-plus innings. He walked two and struck out three. Blake Treinen worked a one-hit ninth for his 11th save.

QLE Posted: May 28, 2019 at 05:32 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, streaks

Monday, May 27, 2019

A’s go for 10 straight as Angels visit

When it comes to baseball player names, Skye Bolt has to be right up there with the best.

The Oakland Athletics rookie outfielder got his first major league start Sunday afternoon against visiting Seattle. Bolt went 0-for-3 with a walk and scored a run as the A’s extended their winning streak to nine consecutive games with a 7-1 victory.

They’ll go for No. 10 in a row Monday afternoon when they open a three-game series at home against the American League West rival Los Angeles Angels.

Sunday capped a travel-laden week for Bolt, who took a red-eye flight to join the A’s in Cleveland only to find that designated hitter Khris Davis wasn’t quite ready to go on the 10-day injured list. Bolt returned to Triple-A Las Vegas without officially being called up.

So, did Skye Bolt escape from a novel, and, if so, what was its genre?

 

QLE Posted: May 27, 2019 at 06:59 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, athletics, great name, skye bolt

Friday, May 17, 2019

LEADING OFF: Greinke exam, Turner tagged, CC faces Rays

Arizona ace Zack Greinke is set for an MRI after making an early exit in his last start.

Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning against the Pirates until leaving in the eighth inning because of abdominal tightness.

“It’s not too bad,” Greinke said. “Just didn’t seem like a good idea to try to push it.”

Greinke (6-1) has a 1.09 ERA in his last six starts, allowing five earned runs in 41 1/3 innings.

I thought that loads of people spent hours at the gym to obtain abdominal tightness….

 

QLE Posted: May 17, 2019 at 03:57 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, athletics, c.c. sabathia, hit batsmen, justin turner, zack greinke

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Oakland Athletics now play in Ring Central Coliseum

The ballpark in which the Athletics play in Oakland, California will now have a new name. The San Francisco Chronicle reports it will become the Ring Central Coliseum, named after the cloud based communications company for the low, low price of $1 million.

Odd that the authorities in Oakland would dedicate their stadium in honor of Wagerian opera, but who are we to tell them otherwise?

 

QLE Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, naming rights, oakland coliseum

Oakland port OKs tentative agreement for new A’s stadium; team has four years to do EIR

The Oakland Port Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve a tentative exclusive negotiation agreement for the A’s waterfront ballpark at Howard Terminal that gives the baseball team four years to conclude an environmental impact report.

It was the first round in a somewhat lengthy approval process for the team’s plan to build a 35,000-seat stadium, along with nearby housing and commercial developments, on the Oakland Estuary near Jack London Square.

The commissioners approved the agreement, called a “term sheet,” with a 7-0 vote after hearing hundreds of impassioned speakers weigh in, calling the project either a boon to the community or a detriment to the waterfront job scene.

The project, if eventually approved, would allow the A’s to lease the port property for $3.8 million per year for the first 20 years of a 66-year lease. After 20 years, the rent could increase.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 15, 2019 at 05:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Athletics designate Kendrys Morales for assignment

The Oakland Athletics designated Kendrys Morales for assignment this morning.

Morales, 35, was batting just .204/.310/.259 with one home run through 126 plate appearances this season. He’ll now go on waivers and, in all likelihood, will clear them, be released, and become a free agent. There could be a team or two interested in a look as he hit.249/.331/.438 with 21 home runs and 57 RBI in 471 plate appearances last season, but this could be the end of the line for him.

Today’s entry in “Players You Weren’t Sure Were Still Playing, But Aren’t At All Surprised By What Team They’re Members Of”.

 

QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:54 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, designated for assignment, kendrys morales

MLB roundup: Mariners overtake A’s in 10th

Omar Narvaez drilled the game-winning single to left field with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning as the host Seattle Mariners scored twice in the frame to rally to a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

Seattle was one strike away from losing when Domingo Santana tied it up by lacing a 2-2 fastball from Oakland right-hander Joakim Soria (1-3) down the left field line for a double. The ball landed about one foot fair, and pinch runner Dee Gordon easily scored the tying run from second base.

Narvaez followed with the winning hit, and Santana easily scored as the throw from Athletics left fielder Robbie Grossman was off the mark. The Mariners halted a four-game losing streak and won for just the third time in 15 games.

Ramon Laureano homered with two outs in the top of the 10th inning to give Oakland a 5-4 lead. Seattle had tied the game 4-4 in the eighth on Daniel Vogelbach’s three-run shot.

Going from a 13-2 start to a 7-21 streak- wonder if the Mariners are about to transition into another streak….

QLE Posted: May 14, 2019 at 03:39 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, extra innings, mariners

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

MLB roundup: Athletics’ Fiers no-hits Reds

Oakland Athletics right-hander Mike Fiers threw the major leagues’ first no-hitter of the year Tuesday night, blanking the visiting Cincinnati Reds 2-0 in the opener of a three-game interleague series.

In recording the second no-hitter of his career, the A’s ace threw 131 pitches and faced just two batters over the minimum, allowing two walks. A third Cincinnati batter also reached base on an error, but one of the Reds’ baserunners was erased on a double play.

Fiers became the 35th pitcher to record multiple no-hitters, counting the regular season and postseason. It was the 300th no-hitter in major league history, counting the postseason. Fiers’ previous no-hitter was recorded on Aug. 21, 2015, for the Houston Astros in a 3-0 interleague victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Told by manager Bob Melvin after the seventh inning that he would be replaced if he allowed another baserunner, Fiers retired the side in order in the eighth and ninth innings, striking out Eugenio Suarez on a 2-2 curveball in the dirt to finish it off.

QLE Posted: May 08, 2019 at 04:11 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, mike fiers, milestones, no-hitter

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Is it time for A’s to panic after fifth consecutive loss to end April?

The A’s mustered just three hits Tuesday night in an ugly 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. It was Oakland’s fifth straight defeat, marking the team’s longest losing streak since 2017.

Oakland now has lost 8 of its last 11 games and is a season-worst four games below .500 at 14-18. Sure, we can keep telling ourselves it’s still early, but the truth is that the A’s are now 20 percent of the way through the season and showing some serious issues.

“Little funk going on right now, across the board,” A’s manager Bob Melvin told reporters. “We haven’t played great defense, we haven’t pitched very well, we haven’t swung the bats very well. But we’ll come out of it. It’s just a part of the season that’s difficult. We’ve got to remain positive and these guys will.”

QLE Posted: May 01, 2019 at 05:48 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, the sky is falling

Monday, April 22, 2019

Is this the craziest double play ever? Maybe!

A’s center fielder Ramón Laureano has added to his superb defensive reputation with a handful of astonishing plays this season, but Sunday’s tops them all.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2019 at 09:54 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, ramon laureano

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

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