Tag:Athletics
Posted on: November 3, 2010 10:23 am
 

Giants victory could send A's to San Jose

The Giants' World Series win may be paving the way for Oakland to finally get its coveted new stadium in San Jose.

After all, while the Giants hold territorial rights to San Jose, those rights can be taken away if two-thirds of league owners decide the A's need to move to San Jose. While commissioner Bud Selig has yet to issue a formal recommendation that would lead to a vote, Andrew Zimbalist, a Smith College economist and baseball expert believes the Giants' recent success could help Oakland.

"To the extent that the commissioner's office would be concerned about the Giants' financial well-being if the A's were allowed to move to San Jose, that concern would by allayed given the success the Giants have had," Zimbalist told the San Jose Mercury News ."The owners want [a team] to be as economically successful as it can be."

The Giants didn't quite, and now definitely don't, need help in that area. Oakland does.

Zimbalist projects the Giants will haul in $13-$16 million from postseason profit. With renewed interest in the Bay, S.F. may not be able to cry poor about needing the San Jose base for fans and sponsorships.


-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Athletics, Giants
 
Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:59 pm
 

Yankees favorite for 2011 World Series

You know what they say about a fool and his money… but hey, there's a couple of fools in Vegas (and some smart folks, too), but to put any money down on next baseball season before we even know what teams are going to look like?

Buster Posey Well, common sense won't stop folks from betting, and BoDog.com has its line for next year's World Series winner. And it's very little surprise that the Yankees are the favorite, while Buster Posey and the Giants are 10/1 to repeat.

Yankees 4/1
Phillies 6/1
Giants 10/1
Red Sox 10/1
Cardinals 14/1
Rays 14/1
Rangers 16/1
Twins 16/1
Braves 18/1
Rockies 18/1
Padres 20/1
Reds 20/1
Dodgers 22/1
White Sox 22/1
Angels 25/1
Cubs 30/1
Athletics 35/1
Tigers 35/1
Marlins 35/1
Mets 40/1
Blue Jays 50/1
Astros 65/1
Brewers 65/1
Mariners 70/1
Orioles 75/1
Diamondbacks 80/1
Indians 80/1
Nationals 80/1
Royals 125/1
Pirates 150/1

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 1:30 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2010 1:54 pm
 

Red Sox hire Young as pitching coach

The Red Sox will hire former A's pitching coach Curt Young as pitching coach as early as today, WEEI.com's Alex Speier reports .

Young declined Oakland's offer of a contract in 2011 to pursue other opportunities. That was before Ferrell was hired in Toronto, but because of his background with Red Sox manager Terry Francona and Ferrell's candidacy in Toronto, Boston was seen as a logical landing spot.

Young served as the A's pitching coach since 2004.

UPDATE: The Red Sox have officially announced the hiring of Young as the team's pitching coach.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:36 pm
 

A's name Romanick pitching coach


The Athletics didn't have to look far for for a pitching coach, promoting bullpen coach Ron Romanick. He replaces Curt Young, who left the team on October 24.

Romanick, who pitched three years in the majors with the Angels, had been bullpen coach for three years. Prior to that, he was Oakland's minor-league pitching coordinator for eight years.

"Everyone knows what they're getting by and large and everyone is on the same page," Romanick told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Man, that ought to get everyone fired up, eh?

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 29, 2010 8:18 pm
Edited on: October 29, 2010 9:03 pm
 

Alderson suspected Canseco, not McGwire

The Oakland A's of the late '80s and early '90s are often seen as the poster boys for the steroid age. They had whisteblower Jose Canseco and the disgraced star, Mark McGwire.

Sandy Alderson Along with those using, manager Tony La Russa and general manager Sandy Alderson have been accused of turning a blind eye to their sluggers' use of steroids. While he was being introduced as the Mets' new general manager on Friday, Alderson was asked about what kind of knowledge he had of his players' use of steroids.

"I guess in a nutshell, I suspected Jose Canseco of using steroids. I never suspected Mark McGwire," Alderson said, according to the New York Daily News .

So he also says that's a time the A's really started stressing weight training and apparently he believe McGwire could make great gains through just weights, while Canseco, he thought, may be cheating. That's the easy way out, despite telling the truth the whole time, Canseco is still seen as a jerk and a punchline, while McGwire gets sympathy for some reason.

Alderson the team "considered drug testing certain players" (read: Canseco) at the time, but then found out it would have been illegal in the state of California and against baseball's collective bargaining agreement (read: not my fault).

"If you go back and sort of put all of that in perspective, do I wish I had done more?" Alderson asked. "I think that's almost always true in retrospect, with almost anything we experience."

It's also easy to find a better scapegoat, and for too many it's Canseco -- who is hardly innocent in this, because he was guilty first and then has acted like a clown since retirement, but has actually told the truth about his use and the use of others.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 24, 2010 2:37 pm
Edited on: October 24, 2010 3:03 pm
 

Young not returning as A's pitching coach

The Athletics announced pitching coach Curt Young has decided not to accept their contract offer to return in 2011.

Young served as the team's pitching coach since 2004 after 12 years as a player in the organization and eight as a minor league coach. He was drafted by the A's in 1981. He also played for the Royals and Yankees.

UPDATE: Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweets that Young is likely headed to the Diamondbacks.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 22, 2010 12:59 am
 

A's jettison medical staff


Injuries were the scourge of the A's this season, and it looks like the team isn't chalking it all up to bad luck.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the team would not renew the contract of the head trainer, Stephen "Soup" Sayles, who had been in charge for three years. In those three years, the A's used the disabled list 65 times. They used it 23 times this season, the second-highest number in club history. They lost a club-record 1,426 games to injuries.

Thursday, the Chronicle reported that the A's have split with Webster Orthopedic Group, its medical provider. Earlier in the week, pitcher Dallas Braden filed a lawsuit against the group for negligence, related to a 2009 cyst removal in his foot.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: October 12, 2010 8:21 pm
 

Devine, Outman on way back from Tommy John

Josh Outman Two Athletics underwent Tommy John surgery during the 2009 season and suffered multiple setbacks that knocked them out for the entier 2010 season.

Now, Joey Devine and Josh Outman (pictured) are back on track.

Devine, who tossed 45 2/3 innings of relief in his first season with Oakland, had a stellar 0.59 ERA (3.29 xFIP) as a 24-year-old. Despite missing just over two months with right elbow inflammation. That ballooned into Tommy John surgery after spring training the following year when Devine couldn't make a comeback. Complications knocked him out for all of 2010 as well, so the 27-year-old has spent two years away from the game. That's why he's excited he got to pitch in the instructional league as part of his rehab.

"I threw the ball well," Devine told MLB.com . "I threw all my pitches. My location wasn't great, but that's to be expected when you're still trying to build arm strength. Everything else felt good."

Likewise, starting pitcher Outman broke into the team in 2008, but looked to be en route to locking up a permanent spot in the rotation in 2009 before getting hurt. In 12 starts and two relief appearances, Outman had a 3.48 ERA (4.36 xFIP) over 67 1/3 innings. And then suddenly the lefty was undergoing the knife.

"I'm starting to get to where I feel like I'm really pitching again, rather than just waiting for something to hurt," he said. Due for one more rehab start before shutting down, Outman said his first start was "discouraging" but that the last three have been solid. "I'm not quite back to where I was. There are still aches and pains, but I think that's just from getting my pitch count up again. The important thing is, I feel more relaxed -- and I haven't pitched relaxed in a long time. It will be good to kind of finish on a high note."

Outman is expected to compete with Vin Mazzaro, Bobby Cramer and Tyson Ross for the No. 5 spot in the rotation. His stiffest competition will be against Mazarro.

"I want to compete for it, earn it," Outman, 26, said of the rotation spot. "I don't know what they're going to do, but I plan on earning that fifth spot."

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
 
 
 
 
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