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Notes on Billy Beane, David Stearns, Josh Byrnes, Brian Cashman, and more in Mets’ executive search

Wed, 2021-10-13 09:53

The following notes about the Mets' head of baseball operations search are the result of many days and many conversations with league sources.

Predicting 1 Trade for Every MLB Team During the 2021 Offseason

Wed, 2021-10-13 04:00

To PHI: CF Ketel Marte To ARI: RHP Andrew Painter, OF Johan Rojas, LHP Cristopher Sanchez, C Rafael Marchan, IF Nick Maton The Arizona Diamondbacks balked at trading Ketel Marte at the deadline, but that doesn't mean they won't move him. "You can't push things," assistant general manager Amiel Sawdaye told reporters in July. "You don't just want to push things through at the deadline just because it's the deadline.

Rob Manfred not sure there's path to success for Oakland MLB team

Tue, 2021-10-12 15:56

Rob Manfred didn't sound too confident when talking about Oakland's MLB future.

Was Frankie Montas the 2nd-half AL Cy Young?

Tue, 2021-10-12 15:47

How about the Second-Half Cy Young award? Of course, in the majors each “half”-season isn’t really a true half, but rather the portions before and after the All-Star break. This summer the second half spanned the final 70 games of the A’s campaign, including 14 starts by Montas beginning in mid-July.

Why Baseball's Glenn Burke is Still Important to HIV History

Tue, 2021-10-12 14:12

Once labeled the next Mickey Mantle, Burke died penniless of AIDS complications. But his story still needs to be told.

2021 Year in Review: Khris Davis

Tue, 2021-10-12 07:12

Prior to the 2019 season Davis had made around $17 million in his major league career, and between the extension and Davis’s $16.5 million he was getting for his final arbitration year in 2019, that guaranteed him $50 million — even after taxes, a pretty hefty bird in the hand. And as it turns out, Davis made the smart decision. He cratered in 2019, ending his streak of four straight seasons hitting exactly .

Matt Chapman sets unfortunate franchise record

Mon, 2021-10-11 15:56

It’s been a tough couple years for Matt Chapman. The Oakland A’s third baseman factored into the MVP voting in each of 2018 and 2019, with an excellent bat and the best glove in the majors. But in 2020 he got hurt, requiring hip surgery that knocked him out for the rest of that season.

Could the A's trade their best players and still be competitive?

Mon, 2021-10-11 14:57

I'm gonna try doing that while still trying to keep the team from being a total disaster. I'm making the Angels pay a bit extra for a reliable still quite cheap arm and I won't trade Chapman for less than 40mln (I think Lee is worth more than 2mln, but Mets are desperate to make the Postseason and might overpay for those 2 guys). Trades (BTV numbers): Nr 1 Matt Chapman (24,1) and Sean Manaea (19,4) to the New York Mets for 3B Brett Baty (34) 3B Mark Vientos (17,5), P Tyler Megill (9,6), OF Khali...

If the Mets want David Stearns or Billy Beane, what are their next steps? | Shea Anything

Mon, 2021-10-11 14:38

On the Shea Anything podcast presented by Verizon, Doug Williams and Andy Martino discuss potential candidates for Mets president of baseball operations, including what happens next if the team wants to pursue the Milwaukee Brewers' David Stearns or the Oakland Athletics' Billy Beane.

A SPAC run by Billy Beane of 'Moneyball' fame is in talks to merge with SeatGeek

Mon, 2021-10-11 07:37

RedBall Acquisition said is in talks with SeatGeek about a potential business combination. RedBall Acquisition is a sports-industry-focused SPAC led in part by Oakland A's exec Billy Beane. RedBall shares were halted Friday pending a statement about the deal first reported by Bloomberg.

Redball Acquisition's Talks With SeatGeek Don't Get My Juices Flowing

Mon, 2021-10-11 03:30

A possible business combination between the two entities doesn't appear to be exciting other investors, either.

Pete Kozma gets first MLB hit since 2018 in comeback with A's

Sat, 2021-10-09 14:04

Entering the final weekend series of the season, with the A’s already eliminated from playoff contention, they were running out of infielders. Three had gone on the injured list in the span of six days, so they called up veteran Pete Kozma to help out. Kozma had made his name in the majors with the Cardinals back in 2012-13, but hadn’t seen 100 plate appearances in a summer since 2015.

10 most memorable moments of the Blue Jays' 2021 season

Thu, 2021-10-07 06:07

The 2021 Blue Jays missed the playoffs by a hair, but made some incredible memories along the way.

Late-season magic happens, but not for 2021 A's

Wed, 2021-10-06 14:42

The NL Central division was out of reach, and they ranked fourth in the Wild Card race, trailing the Second Wild Card spot by 3.5 games. Beginning the next day, they went on a 17-game winning streak. When they finally lost again on Sept.

Bob Melvin reflects on Ramon Laureano's mid-season suspension

Tue, 2021-10-05 20:14

Bob Melvin revisited outfielder Ramon Laureano's 80-game suspension.

High expectations as Kenya tables bid to host 2025 World Athletics Championships

Tue, 2021-10-05 19:51

Kenya could be the first country in Africa to host the World Athletics Championships in 2025. This is only if the bid that Athletics Kenya (AK) placed before World Athletics WA sails through. The continent has not hosted the event since inception in Helsinki, Finland, in 1983.

High expectations as Kenya tables bid to host 2025 World Athletics Championships

Tue, 2021-10-05 13:36

Kenya could be the first country in Africa to host the World Athletics Championships in 2025. This is only if the bid that Athletics Kenya (AK) placed before World Athletics WA sails through. The continent has not hosted the event since inception in Helsinki, Finland, in 1983.

A's can't consistently find winning formula, miss playoffs

Tue, 2021-10-05 10:09

Manager Bob Melvin truly believed he had a playoff team this year, and that's why Oakland's September stumble and frustrating finish remains perplexing to everybody involved. Even through an 0-6 start, numerous devastating injuries — most notably Chris Bassitt taking a line drive to the face in August — and center fielder Ramón Laureano's suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, this group still thought it could get back to the postseason for a fourth straight year.

A's fan guide to the 2021 MLB postseason

Tue, 2021-10-05 10:00

American League Tampa Bay Rays Houston Astros Chicago White Sox Wild Card: Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees National League San Francisco Giants Milwaukee Brewers Atlanta Braves Wild Card: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals In the AL, the East division sends three teams, led by the top-seeded Rays. That trio will duke it out in the WCG and then the ALDS, and whoever comes out on top will face the winner of the Astros and White Sox for the league pennant.

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