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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Roy Steele, the A’s ‘Voice of God,’ dies

Roy Steele, who worked as the A’s public address announcer at the Oakland Coliseum for close to 40 years, died Thursday at his home in Auburn.

“We mourn the loss of “The Voice of God,” Roy Steele, who passed away today at his home,” the A’s said in a statement. “As the PA voice of the A’s for nearly four decades, his booming baritone filled the Coliseum from the Mustache Gang to Billy Ball, the Bash Brothers and Moneyball. Beloved by all, he touched the lives of generations of A’s fans. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.”

spanx for the memories Posted: May 30, 2020 at 09:38 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: oakland a's, oakland athletics, oakland coliseum

Friday, March 13, 2020

One SF Giants beat writer is extremely upset about MLB’s coronavirus-related clubhouse ban

On Monday afternoon, four major American professional sports leagues announced collectively that media would be indefinitely banned from clubhouses as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Many sportswriters did not like this move. Andrew Baggarly, the San Francisco Giants beat writer for The Athletic, was particularly incensed.

“Asinine,” Baggarly wrote on Twitter. “This is opportunistically restrictive and not grounded in common sense at all. In what other transactional relationship is this going to be the policy? Do players have to maintain 6-8 feet from waiters, bank tellers and the dude behind the Starbucks counter, too?”

spanx for the memories Posted: March 13, 2020 at 05:39 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: san francisco giants

Monday, February 24, 2020

MLBTR: A’s place their Betts on Semien

[block]So, even as the Red Sox determined they couldn’t “sit on [their] hands and lose” Betts without adequate compensation after the coming season, the Athletics decided to keep Semien in roughly analogous circumstances. Well, analogous from a roster talent and postseason odds perspective. The low-budget A’s are the sort of team that’s typically forced to take its Betts-type players off the table on the rationale set forth by Henry, even if it stings, in order to preserve a long-term flow of talent and keep up with deeper-pocketed rivals. Instead, they’re letting their version of Betts ride.

It’s quite the juxtaposition. Perhaps the A’s still have designs on a Semien extension, but it’s far from inevitable and we haven’t heard indication that a deal is particularly likely. And if one is to be struck, it’ll require convincing him to forego free agency … which will assuredly require the kind of price that makes the A’s squirm (even if they can now finally see a new ballpark on the horizon). A mid-summer trade fall-back is available but isn’t exactly plan A. All things considered, in relative terms, the situation is quite similar to that which would’ve faced the Red Sox on Betts.[/block]


 

 

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