Elephant Rumblings: First spring games just days away
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by ConnorAshford
17h ago
Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images MLB news roundup Hello AN! Hope you are all staying dry during this rain, if you live in California of course. Yesterday was the first full official full squad workout of the spring. Things are going to pick up fast here as the first spring training game is just four days away. Anyone who didn’t come to camp in tip-top shape is going to be at a disadvantage. But there will be plenty of at-bats to go around, especially in the early going. The first games of spring training come this Saturday when the Athletics play the Rockies in a split-squad game. Double ..read more
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Elephant Rumblings: Report suggests A’s remain focused on Coliseum extension
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by DanielTatomer
2d ago
Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images MLB news roundup Happy Monday, Athletics Nation! On Friday, Evan Drellich at The Athletic reported that the A’s consider Sacramento to be the frontrunner to host the team in the interim years from 2025 through 2027, after the team’s lease at the Oakland Coliseum expires but before their new ballpark in Las Vegas is expected to be ready. However, Mick Akers at the Las Vegas Review-Journal indicated later the same day that the A’s remain focused on negotiating an extension at the coliseum. He also reported that the Aviators’ ballpark in Vegas is no longer in the m ..read more
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B*tchers And Kvetchers Have Reported!
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by Nico
4d ago
Brett Harris flashes the leather. Can he hit enough? | Photo by Norm Hall/MLB Photos via Getty Images Welcome to Day 75. A mere 75 days ago the A’s were on their way to a press conference ready to show the public renderings of their magnificent new stadium, which they then canceled and have not rescheduled. The A’s say they’re waiting on Bally’s, while Bally’s says that’s odd because we’re waiting on the A’s. Las Vegas is now giving 2:1 odds that Godot arrives in town before a stadium does. Meanwhile, the most recent developments are virally embarrassing silence from members of the Chamber of ..read more
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Elephant Rumblings: Oakland talking to MLB about expansion team guarantee
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by JToster
4d ago
Jane Tyska/Digital First Media/East Bay Times via Getty Images (Editor’s note: It is important to note that no major league officials were present at the meeting between the A’s and the City of Oakland. The Athletics franchise has no authority on promising expansion franchises. Ostler’s report states that the mayor’s office had been in contact with the commissioner’s office prior to Thursday’s meeting, but there has been no acknowledgment of this from MLB.) Since the city of Oakland’s “positive” first meeting with Athletics officials on Thursday regarding a potential Coliseum lease renewal, mo ..read more
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Sacramento reportedly the front runner to host A’s from 2025-27
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by Kris Willis
4d ago
Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images A move to Sacramento may be in the cards for the A’s. Despite holding discussions earlier this week on extending their lease at the Oakland Coliseum, Sacramento has emerged as the favorite to host the Athletics from 2025 through 2027 according to a report by The Athletic’s Evan Drellich. Officials from the A’s met with City of Oakland officials on Thursday and both sides came away calling it a productive meeting. However, there may still be too many hurdles that need to be cleared to make it work. One of those hurdles is that the city has the expectation that if ..read more
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Luis Morales and Darell Hernaiz rank in ZiPS Top 100
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by Garrett Spain
4d ago
Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images Szymborski’s projections are also not high on the state of Oakland’s system Yesterday over at Fangraphs Eric Longenhagen and Tess Tarukin dropped their Top 100 prospects, and the Oakland Athletics had their fair share of representation on the list. Today it was the algorithm’s turn, as the yearly drop of the ZiPS top 100 prospects went out. ZiPS is a projection system developed by now-Fangraphs writer Dan Szymborski and this list in particular is an attempt to better quantify the performance of minor league players. Often these projections match closely ..read more
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The A’s unfortunate International Free Agency history
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by Garrett Spain
4d ago
Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images Oakland has faced many woes in their recent international classes International free agency is a vital tool for any organization to build stability, and that is for obvious reasons. While it is generally seen as a wild west in regards to signing and talent evaluation, it is a necessary evil to participate in order to accumulate talented prospects. In 2023 international players accounted for 28.11% of the WAR production league-wide, despite the relatively low barrier of entry towards signing many prospects. Oakland is no stranger to that market, sinking in mil ..read more
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Elephant Rumblings: Manfred to step down in 2029, “confident” in A’s relocation
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by DanielTatomer
5d ago
Photo by Matt Aguirre/MLB Photos via Getty Images MLB news roundup Happy Friday, Athletics Nation! “You can only have so much fun in one lifetime.” That’s what MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said yesterday in discussing his plans to step down from his post in January 2029, when his current term ends per Evan Drellich at The Athletic. MLB owners approved an extension for Manfred last July, and the commissioner said that he was open about his intentions before being elected to serve four more years. Manfred has been commissioner since Bud Selig left the office in 2015. Darragh McDonald at MLB Trad ..read more
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A’s, City of Oakland have “positive” first meeting
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by ConnorAshford
5d ago
Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images “Nothing was taken off the table” The reported meeting between Oakland city/Alameda county officials and A’s representatives finally occurred this afternoon, and it seems that it was a productive first step in what could be a quick negotiation: A’s, Oakland, county officials have ‘positive’ meeting on Coliseum extension https://t.co/NIoNGPfpo3 via @sfchronicle — Scott Ostler (@scottostler) February 15, 2024 The meeting today took place in Jack London and lasted for just about an hour. Based off what we’re hearing it sounds like the meeting was cordial and pro ..read more
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Sean Newcomb, Freddy Tarnok ‘slightly behind’ other pitchers after offseason surgeries
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by Kris Willis
5d ago
Photo by Tim Heitman/Getty Images Newcomb and Tarnok may not be ready when Cactus League play begins The Oakland Athletics placed one pitcher on the 60-day injured list Wednesday and they have two more that are limited as spring camp gets underway. MLB.com’s Martin Gallegos reported that Sean Newcomb and Freddy Tarnok are both slightly behind the rest of the group after undergoing surgery during the offseason. A's injuries: Aside from Ken Waldichuk, Mark Kotsay mentioned Sean Newcomb and Freddy Tarnok as two pitchers who are "slightly behind" the rest of the group as they return from surgeri ..read more
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