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Day Around the Bay: Cliff House Getting A New Restaurant, But No One Knows What It Is

Tue, 2023-02-07 17:40

The state of California rejected Oakland's housing element plan, adding it to the list of Bay Area cities that did not get their housing plans approved in time. Oakland's plan to build 26,000 new units was deemed inadequate by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, which said the city wasn't adding enough low-income housing to wealthy neighborhoods. The Cliff House building, whose last restaurant moved out in 2020, has a new restaurant tenant lined up.

Manitobans enshrined in North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame

Tue, 2023-02-07 16:48

A pair of Manitobans were immortalized among the best Indigenous athletes ever last week. Theodore Niizhotay Fontaine (Anishinaabe) and Jayme Menzies (Métis) were enshrined into the North American Indigenous Athletics Hall of Fame on Feb. 1. Fontaine who died May 10, 2021, was inducted into the media/athlete category for his contributions as a hockey player, Chief, Elder, author, educator and public speaker. Before playing senior and semi-professional hockey in the Detroit Red Wings organization (an opportunity he gave up on due to overt racism) Fontaine survived 12 years in residential schools, where he experienced sexual, physical, emotional and spiritual abuse.

Mayor says talks back on new Oakland A's ballpark

Tue, 2023-02-07 15:04

Documents KTVU has obtained indicate Oakland is not included in an initial round of funding needed to get the A's ballpark proposal at Howard Terminal moving forward. OAKLAND, Calif. - Talks have resumed between the city of Oakland and the Oakland A's for a new ballpark at the Charles P. Howard Terminal, Mayor Sheng Thao said at the end of the annual mayor's economic forecast Tuesday morning. Thao was joined at the meeting by San Francisco Mayor London Breed and two economic forecasters, Ken Rosen of University of California of Berkeley and Baie Netzer of Bank of America.

Oakland A's 2023 Community Prospect List No. 7

Tue, 2023-02-07 09:00

Kyle Muller is the latest addition to the Athletics Nation Community Prospect List for the 2023 season. Muller won round six of the voting in a landslide over Jordan Diaz. Right-hander Gunnar Hoglund joins the list of holdover nominees. The one who receives the most votes earns the top spot in the CPL while the remaining four players move on to the next ballot where they are joined by the next nominee.

Oakland A's come in at No. 13 on The Athletic's 'Wild-Card Era' franchise rankings

Mon, 2023-02-06 09:00

The Oakland Athletics came in at No. 13 in The Athletic's franchise rankings for the “Wild-Card Era” that were released on Monday. Oakland finished behind AL West division rivals the Rangers, the Angels and the Astros. It is an interesting system that assigns points for World Series wins, playoff appearances and division titles. The A's have made 11 trips to the postseason since 1995 and have just one instance of back-to-back 90 loss seasons although they may have a hard time holding onto their current ranking in future seasons.

Oakland A's 2023 Community Prospect List No. 6

Sun, 2023-02-05 09:00

The first five spots are set in the Athletics Nation Community Prospect List for the 2023 season. Mason Miller edged out Kyle Muller by a single vote to grab the No. 5 spot. Catcher Daniel Susac joins the nominees for the sixth round of voting. The one who receives the most votes earns the top spot in the CPL while the remaining four players move on to the next ballot where they are joined by the next nominee.

2023 Opening Day Starter Could Be ... Interesting

Sat, 2023-02-04 09:14

Paul Blackburn and James Kaprielian would be “maybes at best” just based on the fact that they are recovering from injuries that put their availability for March 30th in doubt. The A's do have a couple starting pitchers whose stuff and upside make them worthy of an Opening Day assignment, at least sometime in their career. One is the newly acquired Kyle Muller and the other is Ken Waldichuk. It's hard to envision the A's handing Muller the gig when he has never thrown a pitch for Oakland, and his resume boasts a career 8.03 ERA (understandably he did not provide references).

ESPN Offers 'Bold Prediction' For Highly Touted Yankees Prospect

Fri, 2023-02-03 12:59

The New York Yankees have five players on the top 100 MLB prospects list that ESPN's Kiley McDaniel released earlier this week. Volpe ranked third on McDaniel's list, trailing only Gunnar Henderson of the Baltimore Orioles and Corbin Carroll of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Oakland A's 2023 Community Prospect List No. 5

Fri, 2023-02-03 11:00

The top four spots are set in Athletics Nation's Community Prospect List for the 2023 season. Esteury Ruiz won the fourth round vote and takes his place on the list. Infielder Max Muncy joins the nominees for the fifth round of voting. The one who receives the most votes earns the top spot in the CPL while the remaining four players move on to the next ballot where they are joined by the next nominee.

A's land at No. 19 in Kiley McDaniel's farm system rankings at ESPN

Fri, 2023-02-03 09:00

Prospect list season continued Friday with the release of Kiley McDaniel's farm system rankings with the Oakland Athletics coming in at No. 19 on the list. If you missed it, Keith Law had the A's system ranked 27th earlier this week. All prospect lists and system rankings are subjective so there is ultimately no right or wrong answer.

Elephant Rumblings: Sizing up the 2023 bullpen

Fri, 2023-02-03 07:00

Melissa Lockard at The Athletic considered this question yesterday in a piece on the A's bullpen outlook for 2023. Lockard notes that the A's relief corps may have been the team's strongest (or least weak) unit in 2022, with solid showings from the likes of Dany Jiménez, Zach Jackson, Sam Moll, A.J. Puk, and Domingo Acevedo. Injuries took a toll on the bullpen as the season wore on, but the A's expect their relief contingent to open the 2023 season at full strength. A key question posed by Lockard is who will replace Puk if the former top A's prospect winds up back in the rotation this season.

Black-led group strikes deal to revitalize Oakland Coliseum site, could bring $5B megaproject

Thu, 2023-02-02 19:31

There are plans and a new vision for Oakland's Coliseum complex. An African-American led sports and entertainment group has entered an agreement with the city to help bring affordable housing, retail and possible new professional sports teams to the site. There's a new plan and vision for Oakland's aging Coliseum complex, which could bring a $5 billion megaproject to the 200-acre site with sports, entertainment, a hotel and new housing.

Several Valley wrestlers competing for semistate berth

Thu, 2023-02-02 16:17

Feb. 2—With the Tribune-Star coverage area boasting 31 qualifiers for the wrestling regional at Bloomington South High School, it's going to be a Saturday filled with numerous Wabash Valley implications. One win — that's what's required for the boys from Terre Haute North and Terre Haute South, West Vigo, Sullivan and Northview to book a ticket to the semistate at Evansville's Ford Center the ...

‘There’s a rich baseball history.’ Former PSU pitcher Virbitsky discusses trade to Orioles

Thu, 2023-02-02 09:01

“I have that same opportunity to chase that dream to get to Camden Yards and I’d be floored to get the opportunity to get there.”

Oakland A's come in at No. 27 in Keith Law's Farm System rankings

Thu, 2023-02-02 09:00

As we continue to close in on the start of Spring Training, prospect season rolls on with the release of Keith Law's Farm System rankings over at The Athletic. Oakland comes in at No. 27 on the list, just ahead of the White Sox, Braves and Tigers. If you missed it, Law dropped his Top 100 prospect list earlier this week with Tyler Soderstrom checking in at No. 60. Zack Gelof was among the 10 players that just missed, but that foreshadowed a low ranking for the system.

Oakland approves Coliseum deal in largest public land transfer to Black investors in city history

Thu, 2023-02-02 00:00

A deal to redevelop the Oakland Coliseum is now the center of the largest public land transfer to Black investors in the San Francisco Bay Area city's 171-year history. Oakland city leaders officially signed a new agreement Thursday with the African American Sports and Entertainment Group to negotiate a 50% interest in the Coliseum complex, long the home of local sports teams like the Oakland A's. For years, the A's managers have blamed the Coliseum's conditions for their desire to build a new ballpark in West Oakland, a goal which East Oakland leaders have criticized.

Oakland A's 2023 Community Prospect List No. 4

Wed, 2023-02-01 11:01

The one who receives the most votes earns the top spot in the CPL while the remaining four players move on to the next ballot where they are joined by the next nominee. In the comments, commenters will nominate a player to be put onto the ballot for the next round. After the first nomination for a player has been put in, all other votes for that player will come from Rec’ing that comment.

On cue: A's leaders in Las Vegas today

Wed, 2023-02-01 08:46

When negotiations for a new Howard Terminal development slow down, the Oakland A’s ownership has a familiar card to play: head to Las Vegas and hint at a future move. Guess who’s in Sin City today? As we’ve repeatedly pointed out, big projects take big time; there is an ebb and flow to multi-billion developments, especially when you’re talking about a $12-billion project.

Projecting the A's Opening Day Roster v1.0

Tue, 2023-01-31 16:54

Heck, seven of the 13 position players on my projected roster either weren't on the team a year ago, or are Shea Langeliers, who played in 40 games at the big league level, but 24 of those games were at DH. He's taking over Sean Murphy's role as the everyday catcher. At least two-fifths of the rotation will be new arrivals, along with two of the eight relievers.

Porter to induct first Athletics Hall of Fame class

Tue, 2023-01-31 12:45

Darren Kilpatrick was an All-State football player at Porter in 1982 and played at the University of Oklahoma, including the 1985 national championship team. Steve Lewis coached eight seasons at Porter in boys basketball, never winning fewer than 19 games in a season. His 1993 team was a state runner-up.