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Why MLB's 'Lou Gehrig Day' extra special for A's Stephen Piscotty

30 min 38 sec ago

There were several organizations, including ours, that were focused on getting MLB to do this."

A's Stephen Piscotty hopeful Lou Gehrig Day can drive momentum in fight for ALS cure

9 hours 6 min ago

Piscotty’s mother, Gretchen, died of ALS in 2018. His father, Mike, started the ALS Cure Project with Stephen to raise funding and work toward developing a cure for the disease. I think it’s something that our organization has been pushing for and we’re ecstatic that there is finally going to be a day,” Piscotty said on a video call Thursday.

AL West Threat Assessment: Oakland Athletics

9 hours 18 min ago

For comparison, the Mariners have won just as many postseason series as the Athletics have in the same time frame. After losing a few key pieces of the team this offseason, the A’s find themselves facing the conundrum that pops up every few years or so: Try to Moneyball their way into contending for another chance at losing a first-round postseason series, or tear it all down and rebuild for another shot at high-end mediocrity?

The A's may have their next Matt Chapman in camp. How long until he's on the big league squad?

14 hours 48 min ago

It was the third nifty defensive play Allen had made easy that day — he’d also stolen a hit that looked cleared to beat the shift and turned a difficult double play. Though an unknown entity to most fans yet, Allen’s defensive wizardry is a known commodity in the A’s organization. At just age 22, they already suspect they have a Gold Glover on their hands.

Oakland A's takeaways: What A.J. Puk's progress means for the rotation

Wed, 2021-03-03 15:10

You got to throw strikes, that’s what you take away from it,” Melvin said. He’s in mini camp and pitching in the sixth inning of a game here, that’s not who he is. It’s too bad he got off to a tough start.

Oakland A's takeaways: What A.J. Puk's progress means for the rotation

Wed, 2021-03-03 15:10

You got to throw strikes, that’s what you take away from it,” Melvin said. He’s in mini camp and pitching in the sixth inning of a game here, that’s not who he is. It’s too bad he got off to a tough start.

A's Community Prospect List #21: Wandisson Charles sizzles his way onto 40-man roster

Wed, 2021-03-03 14:00

The player who receives the most Rec’s earns the next spot on the CPL, while the remaining four players move on to the next ballot where they are joined by a new nominee. In the comments, below the official voting, the community will nominate players to be put onto the ballot for the next round. Similar to the ballot, I will start with a comment calling for nominations, which can then be made as a response to my comment.

A's spring training observations: Tony Kemp offers a versatile spark

Tue, 2021-03-02 17:58

Yet he appeared in 49 of 60 games and ranked third in on-base percentage (. among players who spent all season with the A’s. He finished with more walks (15) than strikeouts (14).

Energetic Elvis Andrus wants A's to steal more bases: 'Why is nobody stealing here?'

Tue, 2021-03-02 16:53

The A’s haven’t been known for stealing gobs of bases in recent years, but Andrus arrives from Texas as an accomplished base stealer and already began talking with young players about running more. That’s something I noticed,” Andrus said “ ‘I know you guys can hit. Why is nobody stealing here?

A's Spring Game #3: Buddy Reed Show continues with game-winning homer

Tue, 2021-03-02 15:40

It came in his lone plate appearance, on a day in which his teammates combined for only three other hits. Despite what today might suggest, the reason Reed is so low on the A’s prospect list is his bat. He still hasn’t found much success at the plate in the minors, with strikeouts being a particular problem, but it’s been a long time since a minor league game was played so it will be interesting to see how he fares this summer entering age 26.

Oakland A's takeaways: What's up with Jed Lowrie? Plus, Parker Dunshee finds his groove

Tue, 2021-03-02 15:30

The A’s had a grand total of two runs on four hits in a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday at American Family Fields. A slow game got a little dicey in the bottom of the seventh inning when pitcher Zach Jackson walked three batters and nearly gave up a walk-off grand slam — but the Arizona breeze knocked it into a glove to cap off another Cactus League win, pushing the A’s spring record to 2-1. Here are some takeaways.

Oakland A's takeaways: What's up with Jed Lowrie? Plus, Parker Dunshee finds his groove

Tue, 2021-03-02 15:30

The A’s had a grand total of two runs on four hits in a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday at American Family Fields. A slow game got a little dicey in the bottom of the seventh inning when pitcher Zach Jackson walked three batters and nearly gave up a walk-off grand slam — but the Arizona breeze knocked it into a glove to cap off another Cactus League win, pushing the A’s spring record to 2-1. Here are some takeaways.

A's shortstop Elvis Andrus eager to play alongside Matt Chapman: 'Poetry in motion'

Tue, 2021-03-02 14:58

After Andrus was traded to the A’s last month, he suggested that playing with Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman would be like sharing an infield with Beltré again. Chapman, of course, won the AL Gold and Platinum Glove awards in 2018 and 2019. Only two players have won the AL Platinum Glove in back-to-back years since its inception in 2011: Chapman and Beltré.

A's Mark Canha struggled with, then embraced, lack of in-game video

Tue, 2021-03-02 11:40

Certain guys use video, certain guys don’t,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. There were a fair amount of guys that were frustrated without having video because they like to be able to use that as a resource, go back and see potentially if they did something wrong mechanically, if they got a bad call, something like that. Already weighing restrictions on in-game video in light of the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal, MLB closed video rooms as a health protocol when it resumed last summer amid the pande...

How A's Elvis Andrus looks to create on-field bond with Matt Chapman

Tue, 2021-03-02 11:25

Those two together on the left side of the diamond only mean great things.

A's Community Prospect List #20: Buddy Reed has elite defense but must prove bat

Mon, 2021-03-01 20:00

Reed backed up the play and fired to third base in time to get the runner trying to advance. Two games, two assists and almost a third. And his arm isn’t even his top tool in the field, as his 70-grade speed helps give him serious range as well.

A's spring training observations: Matt Chapman nears return to third; Reed throws out another

Mon, 2021-03-01 17:48

Chapman will likely be off Tuesday and DH again Wednesday, Melvin said. If cleared, he could make his first start of spring at third base Friday against the Angels. First baseman Matt Olson also made his spring debut and hit one of three A’s home runs - a blast to right field off right-hander Noe Ramirez.

How A's Matt Chapman, Matt Olson fared in their Cactus League debuts

Mon, 2021-03-01 16:25

The Matts were back on the diamond for their first game action in 2021.

Nick Senzel struggles, bullpen looks rusty as Cincinnati Reds fall to Oakland Athletics

Mon, 2021-03-01 15:54

I could not tell you if I’m going to be a starter (in the future),” Finnegan said. Right now, I’m just rolling with the punches. Whatever they tell me to do, I’m going to do.

Three A's position players to watch in the Cactus League

Mon, 2021-03-01 14:35

Some mainstays — Matt Olson and Matt Chapman — have shown they’re more than up for the task of a redemption season. Some — such as Jed Lowrie — haven’t taken cleats to the dirt quite yet. Though weeks away from having a complete picture of how the opening day roster will shake out — if any surprise players will emerge as dark horses — it’s never too soon to track how key players are emerging from the offseason.

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