ATHLETICS RUMORS & GOSSIP
Updating this previous report that the Mets and Oakland A’s were discussing a deal for Ben Zobrist, comes a new report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
When Sandy Alderson recently stated he was willing to “overpay” for the right hitter to help his lineup, he was referring to Zobrist the Post reports.
However, it now appears that the switch hitting Zobrist has now –...
So there I was, just hanging out, painting the seats to a dining room set that is being turned into patio furniture, when I decided to take a break and check out Twitter. This is a regular thing for me, and it is fun to see what new and exciting news is going to lead to the end of civilization as we know it. At least, that’s how the doomsdayers put it, and most of their ranting...
When is a remake not a remake? No, this isn't a riddle. I'm seriously curious how 'Anaconda' was considered a new 'song'. Sure, Nicki Minaj provided some new...um...lyrics? Is cackling after saying 'uluhdisfadazz' considered lyrics? Neither here nor there for my original question, I guess so really, taking the exact same beat from a previous rap song while even sampling lyrics...
Oakland A’s reliever Sean Doolittle pitched in just one game this season and has been on the disabled list since. Missing that much time can certainly take a player’s focus away, which is probably why Doolittle was caught posing in the dugout like Mike Honcho on Thursday night. Doolittle was standing with one leg up...Read More
A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Midland RockHounds Pitcher Jake Sanchez (6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)
TEXAS LEAGUE (Double-A)
Arkansas Travelers 0
Midland RockHounds 4
WP – Sanchez 6-5 / 4.70
Farmhand Of The Game:
Pitcher Jake Sanchez
(6 IP / 4 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)
RHP Jake Sanchez turned in his third straight quality start for the RockHounds, allowing...
On Thursday night, Oakland Athletics’ pitcher, Scott Kazmir, put his best stuff on display against the Seattle Mariners.
Facing the Mariners for the first time in 2015, Kazmir threw eight shutout innings, giving up only two hits and no walks while striking out seven. Kazmir lowered his season earned run average to 2.56 and WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) to 1.12.
A’s Farmhand Of The Day: Nashville Sounds Pitcher Nate Long (7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K)
PACIFIC COAST LEAGUE (Triple-A)
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 0
Nashville Sounds 2
WP – Long 1-1 / 3.09
Farmhand Of The Game:
Pitcher Nate Long
(7 IP / 2 H / 0 ER / 1 BB / 5 K / Win)
After his promotion from Midland, RHP Nate Long didn’t waste any time making...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray has been diagnosed with a stomach ailment that sent him to a hospital.
Gray remained in the hospital overnight with severe gastritis and was expected to be released some time Wednesday.
The condition involves inflammation in the lining of the stomach. Oakland team physician Dr. Allan Pont said of all the cases of severe gastritis...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago
The Oakland Athletics announced on Tuesday afternoon that they've reached an agreement with Richie Martin, the Florida shortstop selected by the team with the 20th overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. The shortstop was on-hand at O.co Coliseum ahead of the A's game with the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night and took part in a press conference and practice session on the field - clad...
Overshadowed by last week’s series of momentous decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, Major League Baseball recently filed a brief with the Court urging it to reject an appeal by the city of San Jose, California in the on-going dispute over the future home of the Oakland Athletics. As I noted at the time San […]
Not every breakout comes with a complicated story. Sometimes it’s super simple. Sometimes, as Josh Reddick put it, a player just comes to “a recognition.” For Reddick, it was recognition born of who he is. He became better by becoming more like himself. Look down at his numbers, and it seems as straight forward as […]
Anyone who's ever been to a baseball game in the Bay Area knows that sooner or later, the birds will show up. In a scene straight out of Alfred Hitchcock's horror classic The Birds (set in the Bay Area, unsurprisingly), a flock of seagulls took over the O.co Coliseum outfield on Monday night during the Oakland Athletics' game with the Colorado Rockies.The timing of the birds' trip...
The Oakland A’s don’t want to move him, and he doesn’t want to be moved, but a trade of Scott Kazmir appears imminent. With the A’s struggling at 34-44 and Kazmir being in the last year of his two season contract, it would be unlike Billy Beane to keep Kazmir rather than receive maximum value with a trade.
Kazmir’s value couldn’t be much higher than it is now. Normally...
Maybe we all should have given Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane the benefit of the doubt. After all, how many Major League GMs have had a movie made about them?
Beane took considerable heat for trading third baseman Josh Donaldson to the Toronto Blue Jays this offseason for third baseman Brett Lawrie and pitcher Kendall Graveman, as well as two other minor leaguers in...
Brett Lawrie, 2B/3B, OAK
While he may not be making A’s fans forget about Josh Donaldson, Brett Lawrie has managed to scrap his way to fantasy relevance. In the past 30 days, according to the ESPN player rater, Lawrie has been the fifth best second baseman.
At first glance, the combination of Lawrie’s BABIP and 26.4 K% points to a whole lot of regression coming...
Since May 1st, Billy Butler has hit .230/.289/.298 over the span of 47 games for the Oakland Athletics.
He has played a grand total of 2 games this season at first base, meaning he has had one priority, and that is to hit the baseball. He has under whelmed.
There was much scuttle after the 2014 season when General Manager Dayton Moore chose to opt out of the contract...
Although the Oakland Athletics are currently in last place in the American League West Division standings, they are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. They have a 17-11 record dating back to May 23 and have won six of their last eight games.
Oakland has been on fire recently mainly because of a surging offense and dominant starting pitching. In the last eight games,...
On Friday the Oakland A’s suffered yet another loss, dropping their record to 29-41 on the year. It’s hard to believe that this is the same team that went to the playoffs in each of the last three years. Sure Billy Beane traded several key players, Josh Donaldson being the biggest, and perhaps the players are still demoralized by their absolutely terrible playoff loss last...
O.co Coliseum prepares for the Athletics’ LGBT Pride Night. The Athletics had an LGBT Pride event Wednesday night, and the night was peppered with love for many people that haven’t always felt comfortable at the ballpark. Opera Singer Breanna Sinclaire, the first trans singer accepted into the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s master’s program according […]
Baseball fans hoping to catch The Pat Venditte Show will have to wait at least another two weeks to do so.
The Oakland A’s on Friday placed Venditte, the first switch-pitcher to appear in the majors in 20 years, on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right shoulder.
The 29-year-old Venditte made headlines last Friday when he threw with both arms in a scoreless two-inning...
The Oakland A’s third baseman sent flowers and a note Tuesday to the hospital room of 44-year-old Tonya Carpenter, who is recovering from her injuries at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
“Sending my thoughts and prayers,” Lawrie’s note read, according to WCVB-TV in Boston.
The Carpenter family responded with a message of its own.
“Brett, (the flowers) are the...
Fans take risks by attending games, and much to the dismay of all of us, Tonya Carpenter experienced that danger first-hand on Friday night when a broken bat struck her in the head.
Fortunately and thankfully, she is expected to survive what are considered life-threatening injuries, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN.
The message was brief, yet direct. The report said...
Your browser does not support iframes. On Friday, the A’s called up Pat Venditte from Triple-A. Ordinarily, a roster move involving a relief pitcher wouldn’t necessarily be of note. This one, however, was. Venditte is ambidextrous and can effectively pitch both left-handed and right-handed. He did so on Friday. Venditte entered Oakland’s game against the...Read More
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A scary situation occurred at Fenway Park in Boston as the Red Sox were hosting the Oakland Athletics on Friday night. A fan was struck by a broken bat in the top of the second inning and was forced from the stands in a stretcher.
A video by Deadspin, which we will not embed here due to its graphic nature, shows the bloodied woman screeching in pain as she is being wheeled off in...