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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

JTA via Ha’aretz: A Jewish Baseball Player Forges a New Path for Women in the Pro Leagues

Meet the latest member of your Oakland Ashkenazis.

This month, the 40-year-old Siegal, who lives in Southern California, got even closer to the action than those box seats: She worked as a coach for the Oakland Athletics’ Instructional League team in Arizona.

In doing so, Siegal became the first female to serve as a coach for a Major League Baseball club and joined the ever-growing list of women blazing new paths in the game.

“I was only able to stand in an A’s uniform because of the women who came before me,” she told JTA. “It’s humbling and great to be part of history, but my focus is to build for the future.”

Siegal already was a baseball pioneer as the first female to pitch batting practice to major leaguers, first with the Indians in 2011 and later for five other teams, including the Athletics. She had been the first woman to coach for a men’s professional team, with the independent Brockton (Massachusetts) Rox in 2009. And from 2008 to 2011, she was a coach for Springfield College, from where she earned a doctorate in sports psychology.

In 2010, she founded Baseball for All, which works to increase opportunities for girls and young women to play baseball. Siegal said the organization has “inspired the creation of girls’ teams and leagues around the country, with others in the works.”

Siegal started playing baseball at age 5 and went on to play in male leagues. Her first job was in the sport: working at a batting cage as a high school senior. Later, to win the batting practice gigs with major league teams, she emailed general managers and attended the Winter Meetings to approach managers in person.

JE (Jason) Posted: October 28, 2015 at 08:15 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, oakland a's, women in baseball

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Oakland A’s hire woman coach: Justine Siegal to be guest instructor

On Tuesday, the A’s became the first major-league team to employ a woman coach, naming Justine Siegal a guest instructor for their Instructional League club.

(...)According to Forst, Siegal will work with infielders, hit fungos and throw batting practice, among other duties. Plus, Siegal, 40, has a PhD in sport and exercise psychology, and Forst said that director of player development Keith Lieppman and director of minor-league operations Ted Polakowski are looking forward to having Siegal lead classroom presentations about the mental side of the game.

Davo Posted: September 29, 2015 at 04:46 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coaching, oakland a's, women in baseball

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Grantland (Keri): The Big Three: Hudson, Mulder & Zito

A look back at the big three pitchers of the Oakland A’s.

Chris Fluit Posted: September 24, 2015 at 07:59 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: barry zito, jonah keri, mark mulder, oakland a's, tim hudson

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

SJ Mercury: A’s announce two-year extension for manager Bob Melvin

One of the nice things about having next to no media presence is that there’s next to no pressure to fire somebody just because.

A’s players have missed 949 games this season, up from 823 last season, and the number will approach 1,100 if none of the five players currently on the disabled list return to the field. The bullpen ERA is 4.51 (up from 2.91 in 2014) and home runs are down to 117 (for 156 a year ago with Josh Donaldson and Brandon Moss).

Beane and his chief deputy, David Forst, are expected to get new titles in the coming weeks, although Wolff said ``at this point I don’t expect anything to happen on that until after the season, when we can see where we are.’‘

Commissioner Bud Black Beltre Hillman Posted: September 09, 2015 at 07:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: billy beane, bob melvin, managers, oakland a's

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

ESPN: Stephen Vogt brings his fun-loving personality to the ballpark every day

Great feature on the Oakland Athletics’ biggest fan favorite in recent years.

“[Eric] Byrnes was more of an athletic, running-down-the-line-hard, playing-with-his-hair-on-fire type of guy,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin. “Stephen probably doesn’t have the pace to play with his hair on fire, but he’s a ditch digger. He doesn’t use batting gloves. He has pine tar all over him and he’s dirty from the time he goes out there. His teammates feed off how hard he plays and how hard he works—and how hard he’s had to work to put himself in this position.

“I know there’s some time to go. But if you look at the catching position, I don’t know how he isn’t an All-Star.”

Sonny Gray's Got a Yakker for Your Culo Posted: June 16, 2015 at 01:46 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland a's

Monday, June 08, 2015

SB Nation: Newspaper celebrates MLB’s first amphibious pitcher

One if [he pitches] by land, two if by sea…

Look, everyone is excited about Pat Venditte. But we can’t be too busy to fact-check things like “the word for someone who can use both hands equally well.”

JE (Jason) Posted: June 08, 2015 at 09:35 PM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: ambidextrous, newspapers, oakland a's, pat venditte

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Grant Brisbee breaks down each of Oakland’s 15 one-run losses

Getting to this a bit late, this was published on May 28th and since then the A’s have increased the number of one-run wins by 50%... to give them a 3-15 record overall.

4. Astros 7, A’s 6 - April 26

Key moments:
I’m caught between wanting to throw my hands up and say, “You get the idea” and continuing to pile on at the risk of my sanity and yours. I’ve chosen the latter strategy. May we all find peace in this world.

If only there were an image to symbolize this awful game.


That’s a fastball above Evan Gattis’s nose, which he hit for a two-run, ninth-inning double. The lead run was on base because Brett Lawrie had a brain fart and threw to second base on a fielder’s choice when the runner was already there. Again, that was a bad baseball play, but of course it happened in the ninth inning of a one-run game.

The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 02, 2015 at 09:41 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, gifs, oakland a's



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