A’s owner Lew Wolff, seen here with club president Mike Crowley, says A’s “absolutely are not for sale.”
Suggestions that Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob is interested in buying the A’s quickly reached the ear of A’s co-owner Lew Wolff Monday.
His basic response to the suggestion in the San Francisco Chronicle of Lacob’s interest was that interested or not, Lacob won’t be buying the franchise for the simple reason that the A’s aren’t for sale.
“This has come up before,’’ Wolff said. “The club is absolutely not for sale. I haven’t talked to him about it. And if I did, it would be a short conversation.’’
The Oakland Raiders are trying to put together a package where they would build a new football-only stadium on the current site of the Coliseum, but the NFL team is also looking at sharing a facility in suburban Los Angeles with the San Diego Chargers.
Should the Raiders stay in Oakland, the A’s would have to find another home. Plans would call the Raiders to play elsewhere while the Coliseum is leveled and a new stadium football-only rises from its ashes.
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said the current Coliseum and Arena site would be the best spot for a new baseball-only stadium for the A’s.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the best possible solution for the A’s ongoing quest for a new home would be to build a new baseball-only stadium at the site of the current Coliseum and Arena facility.
At the same time, Manfred all but ruled out the A’s staying in Oakland at the current site if the Raiders were to go ahead and attempt to build a stadium at the facility off I-880 between Hegenberger Road and 66th Ave.
And any A’s move to San Jose is on permanent hiatus until the lawsuit between San Jose and MLB over the A’s inability to relocate is settled by the U.S. Supreme Court.
It would have been a crush Friday at the Coliseum and Arena if the Warriors and A’s both wound up playing. Now the Warriors will have an NBA championship parade instead.
As the Warriors have their championship parade Friday in Oakland, we’re left to think what might have been had not Golden State closed out their NBA title run in Cleveland Tuesday.
Game 7 would have been set for Friday at 6 p.m. in the Arena. The A’s were set for a 6:35 p.m. start across the way in the Coliseum against the Angels, and as it is the A’s second fireworks night of the season, that wasn’t going to be changed.
So the transit situation had every chance to be a logistical nightmare, particularly with national television trucks due to eat into some of the park on the south side of the Coliseum and Arena complex.
Mark Canha is hitting in luck — both good and bad — to start his MLB career.
Mark Canha is a sports fan, follows the Sharks, the Warriors and the 49ers, but mostly he’s a baseball fan.
Monday night he got a reminder why baseball appeals to him so much, something about the sheer unpredictability of it.
Batting to lead off the third inning, he got on top of a ball that dribbled about three feet in front of the plate. He dropped his bat, started running and the A’s left fielder found himself at first base with a single.
Two innings later, he came up with one out and one on and simply crushed a ball, hitting it about as hard as he could, which in the case of the San Jose product out of Cal is on the upper levels of crushing. This time he didn’t make it out of the batter’s box. No need. The ball was hit on a line to third base where the Astros’ Luis Valbuena caught it.
“That’s just the way baseball goes,’’ Canha said Tuesday. “You get a hit on one in front of the plate like that, then you sting one and get nothing.
Scott Kazmir survive a moist, sometimes slick mound at Minute Maid Park to beat the Astros 8-1 Monday.
Talk about a slippery slope.
Scott Kazmir was born in Houston, still lives in the area and yet was completely baffled by the pitching mounds at Minute Maid Park Monday night, likely a product of the mega-humid Houston weather.
“It started in the bullpen and was the same on the field,’’ Kazmir said. “The mounds felt wet. I don’t know why. But I had real trouble in the pen and in the first inning.’’
Bullpens generally are groomed and groomed and groomed again to get the right feel, a feel that includes no moisture. That made Monday more than a tad odd for the lefty starter.
Shortstop Jed Lowrie has traded green-and-gold for Astros orange in 2015.
Jed Lowrie made no secret last October of his hope that the A’s would keep the core from the 2013-14 A’s together in Oakland.
Coming off three consecutive post-season appearances, the A’s did no such thing. Proof lies in Lawrie’s new job as the Astros shortstop. He got Monday night off after Houston played a 14-inning game Sunday, his sixth game in the season’s opening week.
“It’s not like I ever sat down with Billy Beane to talk about it,’’ Lawrie said. “So it’s not for me to say about what the A’s did. But it’s more than a little strange to look at them now, because they’ve had so much turnover.
Catcher Stephen Vogt says Rangers lefties were crowding the plate, that some of six HBPs were “borderline strikes.”
For the second time in three days, A’s catcher Stephen Vogt said the Rangers batters, particularly the left-handers, are crowding the plate.
A’s pitchers hit six Rangers batters, all lefties, in the just-completed four-game series. Oakland pitchers don’t generally have those kinds of issues.“They are on top of the plate, and there is no rule that says they have to move,’’ Vogt said. “There were a couple of pitches I thought were borderline strikes that hit them, but that’s part of the game.’’
In Tuesday’s game, Vogt and manager Bob Melvin took exception to catcher Carlos Corporan getting hit by a pitch, the A’s contending that Corporan all be leaned into the pitch.
Corporan was hit by a pitch again Thursday, but it was a relatively insignificant part of a 10-1 loss, and the A’s didn’t say if Corporan was moving in on the pitch this time.
“They have guys are willing to crowd the plate and not move,’’ Vogt said. “That’s worth a couple of hit by pitches.’’
Oakland pitching had one stretch where the A’s didn’t hit anyone over the course of 19 games last season. And the A’s didn’t hit six batters in any four-game stretch a year ago, although they did hit five in four games once, in two road games each against the Mets and Marlins July 24-28.
The A’s lost outfielder Alex Hassan to the Rangers Thursday when Texas claimed Hassan less than 24 hours after the A’s had requested waivers.
The A’s waived Hassan in order to make room on the 40-man roster for veteran outfielder Cody Ross, signed after he’d been released by Arizona. Ross started Wednesday and singled home two runs in five at-bats.
Veteran corner outfielder Cody Ross, put on waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend, could be joining the outfield-deprived A’s in the next couple of days, according to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal at Fox.
The A’s have expressed some interest in Ross with left fielder Coco Crisp on the disabled list for about eight more weeks, and he would be an inexpensive pickup.
Chris Bassitt is trying to get his pitches inside to left-handed hitters.
The lessons Cactus League hitters are administering to Chris Bassitt aren’t being lost on the A’s right-hander.
Bassitt was knocked around for five runs in 4.1 innings Monday in an 8-3 loss to the Cleveland Indians, leaving his ERA for the spring at a staggering 8.76.
Each time out, the story is the same. He does just fine against right-handed hitters, but lefties keep crushing his fastball.
“I have to be able to throw inside to left-handed hitters,’’ he said. “I’ve always been able to get away with it in the minor leagues. But up here, they hit that. I’ve been working at that my whole life, honestly. At this level you can’t beat anyone if you can’t.