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  • 'Everybody's got their own version of ethics': Tipping pitches gets magnified in modern-day MLB

    USA Today "In baseball's new era of big data, high-definition cameras and tablets in the dugout, pitch-tipping – and how teams decipher and share the information – has become less about gamesmanship and entered something of an ethical gray area. It's..." October 15

  • MLB and the MLBPA are discussing opioid testing. This seems like the wrong move.

    Hardball Talk "Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association are in discussions that could lead to the creation of a testing regime for opioids. This, obviously, comes in the wake of the July 1 death of Angels pitcher..." October 15

  • Alex Rodriguez safe, but ESPN may break up ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ team

    Sportress of Blogitude "Alex Rodriguez, entering the final year of his deal with ESPN, is expected to remain in his current analyst role on the “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team, but he could be the only holdover from the current crew next season. Andrew Marchand of the New York..." October 15

  • 2019-20 Qualifying Offer Value To Decline For First Time

    MLB Trade Rumors "The value of the qualifying offer will be set at $17.8MM for the coming winter, per Jayson Stark of The Athletic (via Twitter). That’s down by $100K from last year’s mark of $17.9MM. In every prior year that the QO has been in existence, it has risen. The offer price is..." October 15

  • Pirates To Interview Ryan Christenson For Managerial Opening

    SI "Ryan Christenson, former outfielder and current bench coach for the Oakland A's, will interview for the open position as Pirates manager some time next week. This feels very natural for Pittsburgh to go looking through the coaching ranks of successful small market teams. The..." October 15

  • Matt Williams leaving A’s for managerial position in Korea

    San Jose Mercury News "Matt Williams is headed to Korea. The A’s third base coach and go-to mentor for the A’s elite infield is reported to have agreed to a three-year deal to manage the Kia Tigers in the KBO League, per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. " October 15

  • One free-agent fit to boost each playoff team "For all but the four remaining playoff teams, October ended all too quickly. The A's, Brewers, Twins, Rays, Braves and Dodgers all made it to the postseason, but their postseasons are over. So what's next? Well, it's about time for them to start looking at the..." October 14

  • Athletics’ Sean Murphy Undergoes Knee Surgery

    ABC7 "Athletics rookie catcher Sean Murphy has undergone surgery on his left knee and is expected to be fully recovered for the start of spring training in February. " October 11

  • Which managerial opening is the most desirable?

    Hardball Talk "As we wait for tonight’s NLCS to kick off — a preview on that will be up later this morning — let’s talk about all the managerial openings, shall we? With the Dodgers giving Dave Roberts their vote of confidence last night — and none of the remaining..." October 11

  • MLB denies changing baseballs used in playoffs

    The Score "Major League Baseball issued a statement Thursday denying the baseballs being used in the 2019 playoffs are different than those used in regular-season play. The statement comes amid concerns MLB changed its baseballs for the playoffs following a regular season that saw record power..." October 11

  • MLB May Have Completely Changed its Baseballs for the Playoffs and Nobody Knows Why

    12 Up "Well, Rob Manfred, what in the actual heck do we have here? For Major League Baseball fans out there, there are few things more thrilling than seeing the ball fly out of the park. The "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" theory exists for a reason, after all. Everyone loves..." October 10

  • Rob Manfred: No plan to move Athletics to Vegas, but relocation a possibility

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "As rumors swirl that Las Vegas could add another professional sports franchise in the Oakland A’s, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred is saying not so fast. In a meeting last week with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Manfred brought up Las Vegas as a possible future..." October 09

  • Giants to interview A's coach Mark Kotsay to be next manager

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Giants just finished a successful run with a manager who had San Diego Padres ties. Could they go down that path again? Mark Kotsay has emerged as one of the candidates for Bruce Bochy's old job, league sources told NBC Sports Bay Area. Per a source, Kotsay is expected to..." October 09

  • Finding A Match In A Starling Marte Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "Pirates center fielder Starling Marte isn’t a perfect player, but he’s a very good one. And he’s now within two seasons of free agency, with the Bucs looking increasingly unlikely to contend before that time comes. The 31-year-old ought to have plenty of appeal,..." October 09

  • Rob Manfred Reportedly Told Oakland Officials That A’s Could Move To Las Vegas

    NBC Sports Bay Area "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred was in attendance for the A's AL Wild Card Game loss to the Rays at the Coliseum, but he also has made his presence known in Oakland in even bigger ways recently.  The San Francisco Chronicle's Phil Matier reported Sunday that Manfred told..." October 08

  • Japanese slugger Yoshitomo Tsutsugo will be posted for MLB teams this offseason

    CBS Sports "The MLB postseason is in full swing, but it is never too early to look ahead to the hot stove season, and a big new free agent will be available this winter. The Yokohama DeNA BayStars in Japan announced Monday that they will post slugging outfielder Yoshitomo Tsutsugo for MLB teams this..." October 07

  • Looking For The Best Match In A Mookie Betts Trade

    MLB Trade Rumors "First of all, there’s more than a decent chance that Mookie Betts will still be a member of the 2020 Red Sox.  As per Sox president/CEO Sam Kennedy, the team’s intention to get payroll under the $208MM luxury tax threshold is a “goal but not a..." October 06

  • League, MLBPA Mull Further Changes To Drug Policy

    MLB Trade Rumors "A slow night in transactional and hot stove-related news allows for a closer reading of the previous week’s industry news, and a Wednesday piece from the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin is certainly deserving of a look, for those who missed it upon publication. In the shadow of the..." October 06

  • Players' union boss Tony Clark skeptical of apparent spending plans by teams

    Yardbarker "After a 2018 offseason that saw countless veterans linger on the free agent vine much longer than anticipated, MLBPA executive director Tony Clark is expecting yet another cooled stove this winter. Judging from comments made to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal on Thursday, he..." October 06

  • John Gibbons Hopes To Interview For Managerial Vacancies

    MLB Trade Rumors "Former Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is throwing his hat in the ring for the many managerial openings across Major League Baseball, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). Gibbons last managed a major league team in 2018 when he led the Toronto Blue Jays to a record..." October 05

  • What Happens When Everyone Can Hit 30 Home Runs?

    MLB Trade Rumors "When I was a kid, prior to the 1994 strike, it was common for about a dozen MLB players to hit 30+ home runs in a season.  The only notable exception was in 1987, when the so-called “rabbit ball” led to 28 players hitting 30+ home runs.  There was an apparent..." October 04

  • Recently Filed Lawsuit Interferes With Athletics’ Stadium Plans

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics know the twists and turns that a Wild Card game can take; they’re in the middle of their latest do-or-die contest as we speak. The Oakland organization also just experienced a sudden jolt in the lengthy roller-coaster ride that it hopes will end in a new..." October 03

  • The A's Got Embarrassed, Again, But There's Reason For Hope

    Deadspin "So, yes. The Oakland Athletics are dead again. The A’s finally got to host a winner-take-all playoff game after losing last year’s Wild Card Game in New York but, for the ninth time in as many tries, they biffed it, losing 5-1. If you were fortunate enough not to have..." October 03

  • MLB considering easing marijuana policy

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball is one of four major professional North American sports leagues that still test for marijuana. It also does not allow the substance to be used as a pain-killing alternative. This is all taking place in a country that has seen several states legalize marijuana for..." October 03

  • A’s Mark Kotsay Interested In Managing

    Yardbarker "The Athletics’ season came to an unceremonious end Wednesday, which could give quality control coach Mark Kotsay a chance to actively pursue a managerial job. Kotsay’s currently “a hot name on the managerial market,” Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets,..." October 03

  • Athletics' tradition of playoff failure sends rare sellout crowds wrong message

    Sporting News "About 54,000 people showed up here Wednesday night to watch the A’s in their first home playoff contest since 2013, more than double the team’s average regular-season attendance. Fans in costumes danced high up among the typically tarp-covered Mount Davis seats, and..." October 03

  • A's Matt Chapman: 'I'm sorry to our fans' after another early playoff exit

    The Score "Another successful regular season ended in postseason disappointment for the Oakland Athletics. The A's, who won 97 games this year, dropped a ninth consecutive winner-take-all contest after being bounced in the American League wild-card game by the Tampa Bay Rays on..." October 03

  • Brett Anderson Interested In Re-Signing With Athletics

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics’ season reached an early conclusion Wednesday with a 5-1 loss to the Rays in the wild-card round. The A’s defeat may have brought an unofficial end to left-hander Brett Anderson’s time with the franchise, though he hopes that’s not the case. The..." October 03

  • Athletics Announce Wild Card Roster

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have formally announced their roster for this year’s Wild Card game against the Rays. They’ll head into tonight’s sudden-death showdown with 11 pitchers, headlined by resurgent top starter Sean Manaea. Right-handed pitchers Chris..." October 02

  • Gear up for a lot of managerial changes "The baseball industry is poised to witness one of the most turbulent offseasons in memory among its managerial profession. On the first full day of the Major League Baseball offseason, six managerial searches were underway. More jobs could open in the coming days as..." October 02

  • A’s announce Sean Manaea will start wild-card game against Rays

    San Francisco Chronicle "Sean Manaea’s month of September was just too terrific to overlook. The left-hander will start the American League wild-card game against the Rays on Wednesday at the Coliseum, A’s manager Bob Melvin announced Tuesday. “It came down to the fact that since Manaea has..." October 01

  • MLB playoff predictions: Sporting News experts make pennant, World Series picks

    Sporting News "The field is set, October is here. Let's have some fun. The 2019 MLB postseason not only features several teams that could legitimately emerge as the last team standing when the World Series concludes, but also a few others that could ride a surprise hot streak to playoff glory...." October 01

  • 10 Unheralded Players To Watch In MLB Playoffs

    Sportsnaut "The 2019 MLB Playoffs will start on Tuesday with the Washington Nationals hosting the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Wild Card. Over in the American League, two surprising teams in that of the Athletics and Rays will do battle in Oakland. Two of these teams will advance to..." October 01

  • Strengths and weaknesses for all 10 playoff teams

    Hardball Talk "As the calendar turns to October, postseason baseball will begin. The playoffs will begin on Tuesday with the Nationals hosting the Brewers for the NL Wild Card game. That will be followed by the AL Wild Card game between the Rays and Athletics in Oakland on Wednesday. After that, the NL..." October 01

  • Ranking Joe Maddon's 10 most likely landing spots, including the Phillies and Padres

    CBS Sports "On Sunday, the Chicago Cubs announced manager Joe Maddon would not come back for a sixth season. Maddon's tenure with the Cubs, then, ends with four playoff appearances and 90-win campaigns, as well as the 2016 World Series title that snapped Chicago's title drought. On..." September 30

  • Tim Anderson, Christian Yelich win AL, NL batting titles

    Hardball Talk "White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson went 0-for-2 in Sunday’s season finale, but still comfortably won the American League batting title with a .335 average. He is the first member of the White Sox to win the batting title since Frank Thomas in 1997. Anderson slashed .335/.357/.508..." September 30

  • A's clinch wild card spot, tied with Rays after loss to M's

    Yahoo Finance "The Oakland Athletics wrapped up a playoff spot before the first pitch, then missed a chance to move closer to hosting next week's AL wild-card game when closer Liam Hendriks gave up two runs in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. The A's..." September 28

  • A's catch break with Mark Canha's injury, activate Stephen Piscotty

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The A's appear to have caught a break after outfielder Mark Canha left Wednesday's game with a left groin strain. Canha told reporters in Seattle that he felt much better on Thursday and could even be available off the bench against the Mariners. September 27

  • Yankees' Aaron Judge tops MLB jersey sales for third consecutive season

    CBS Sports "  Major League Baseball has released its list of top jersey sales and for a third straight year, Yankees' slugger Aaron Judge sits at the top. At first blush, it seems a surprise, but digging deeper it makes sense. Of course a Yankees player is going to lead..." September 27

  • Mark Canha Suffers Strained Groin

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A's center fielder Mark Canha left Wednesday's 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in the seventh inning with a left groin strain. Canha was chasing a ball hit by Jared Walsh and appeared to pull up and start limping before making an off-balance throw back to the infield at..." September 26

  • Athletics Call Up Skye Bolt

    MLB Trade Rumors "The A’s have called up some outfield depth for the final few games of the season, summoning Skye Bolt to the big league roster, per a club announcement. Oakland was without Khris Davis due to the stomach flu yesterday and saw Mark Canha exit last..." September 26

  • A’s let Beau Taylor go again; he’s helped mentor Sean Murphy

    CBS Sports "Beau Taylor was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Wednesday. " September 26

  • Season over for A’s Lou Trivino; Blake Treinen out for playoffs, too

    San Francisco Chronicle "Blake Treinen and Lou Trivino, enduring rough seasons after leading the way in Oakland’s bullpen in 2018, are both out with injuries the rest of the regular season, Treinen through the playoffs and Trivino likely so. Treinen has a back injury that also has affected his hip...." September 25

  • 2019 MLB Free Agents: Predictions for Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon and Top Stars

    Bleacher Report "As Major League Baseball winds down the regular season and 10 teams begin the quest for a World Series next week, early work is being done by all 30 clubs on this winter's free-agent class.  Leaving aside the top players available for a moment, the storyline to watch in free..." September 25

  • MLB has new strikeout record for 12th straight season

    The Score "Major League Baseball has a new single-season strikeout record for the 12th straight season. New York Yankees lefty Stephen Tarpley's punchout of Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Willy Adames was the 41,208th of the 2019 campaign, breaking the previous mark set in..." September 25

  • A’s Ace Frankie Montas Will Return From Suspension Wednesday

    Sportsnaut "The Oakland Athletics will get their ace starter back Wednesday as the team looks to hold on to home-field advantage for a potential wild card game next week. According to this report, Frankie Montas will return from his 80-game suspension and start against the Los Angeles Angels on..." September 24

  • Justin Turner, Tommy Pham, Roberto Osuna To Be Represented By Newly Formed Agency

    MLB Trade Rumors "Long-time MLB player representative Greg Genske has formed a new agency along with former Ballengee executive Alex Hicks, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). The new outfit will be known as GEM Agency and will initially feature several former Genske clients. According to..." September 24

  • Baseball ties record for most 100-loss, 100-win teams

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday the Dodgers became the third team to win 100 games this season. It’s the third straight year that there have been three 100-win teams, so if you don’t pay much attention to history you might think it’s pretty common. Not really. Despite the three-peat in that..." September 23

  • A’s Lou Trivino has oblique, ribs soreness after ‘embarrassing’ fall in shower

    San Francisco Chronicle "A’s relief pitcher Lou Trivino hasn’t pitched in nearly a week because of soreness in his left oblique and ribs, and the reason was revealed on Friday. “It’s kind of embarrassing,” Trivino said, “but I was taking a shower and slipped in the shower...." September 21

  • 2019 MLB playoff tracker: Who has clinched a postseason spot, and who could be next?

    ESPN "It is officially clinching season across MLB as baseball's best teams vie to lock up division titles and wild-card hopefuls look to earn a place in October. As the race to the finish heats up and magic numbers shrink, we've got you covered with everything you need to know about which..." September 21