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Pitch, Catch, Report 128

It begins. Melvin says Frankie Montas is not with the team: "He's dealing with COVID" — Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) February 17, 2021 Sean Murphy had a collapsed lung this offseason, Melvin says. Prognosis is good and team believes he could be ready for opening day — Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) February 17, 2021

Stand Pat 182

Mostly the Super Bowl gives you two teams you don’t like. Maybe 65-90.9% of the time, depending on how low your standards are. Today’s game certainly qualifies, so I need a different metric for picking a rooting interest. Today, I will cheer on the team with the closest baseball connection. Pat Mahomes contributed a whopping ...

Winter Baseball Sadness Grill 270

Marcus Semien to Jays — Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 26, 2021

Full Grill Ahead 137

Bob Melvin says Matt Chapman “is full speed ahead,” will be a full go for spring training. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) December 17, 2020 Fill it up!

So you want to be Ascertained? 344

Reality is the new fiction, they say. College basketball starts tomorrow and promises to test my resolve. It was easy to eschew college football, because I never cared that much and knew that UNC was sure to disappoint (unlike Cincinnati!). So it was easy to proclaim college football as a monstrous affront to public safety ...

Transition to Grilling 327

A leader who everyone knows is on his way out, but is still in charge for some reason? That’s the A’s front office for you! Drop some links off, if you would. Bonus points if they are announcements of the acquisition of a middle infielder, a top reliever, or an environmental impact report.

The most important election, until the next one 355

I figure this will not only pile up quite a few comments but also extend at least through late Wednesday, so we might as well have a dedicated November 3-4, 2020 thread. I’m approaching it like I approach the A’s postseason, hoping for the best but deep in my heart knowing crushing defeat is close ...

Rosterbaiting Grill 194

So the offseason is upon us, I figure a new grill would be appropriate. What I have seen in limited Twitter scrolling is that Kolton Wong and Corey Kluber have had options declined. Speculation is that the market will be saturated. what that means to me is that clubs that are in the hunt for ...

Offseason 2020 part 2: A grill 241

We already had an offseason once this year. Things weren’t smooth then, I don’t expect them to be smooth now. In case you missed it, we are now all going to die This interview with a sitting sheriff in Michigan is absolutely wild. — Ross Jones (@rossjonesWXYZ) October 9, 2020 It's dead, they've killed ...

Games 49-50: Into Thin Air 160

The A’s are in Denver for a two-game series with the Rockies. T: Manaea vs. Senzatela, 5:40 PM W: Fiers vs. German Marquez, 12:10 PM Fiers is not the ideal pitcher for Coors Field. On the other side, those are the same two pitchers who beat us at the Coliseum at the end of July.