I didn’t see the San Jose Athletics logo — I only saw the elephant from the front.
Cotton vs. A.J. Griffin, today Triggs vs. Darvish, Tues. Hahn vs. Martin Perez, Wed.
Our starting lineup Jharel will be on the moundLet's go get the win. #NationalHaikuPoetryDay #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/IBx0OMcHCO— Oakland A's ?????????? (@Athletics) April 17, 2017
Our starting lineup Jharel will be on the moundLet's go get the win. #NationalHaikuPoetryDay #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/IBx0OMcHCO
— Oakland A's ?????????? (@Athletics) April 17, 2017
Jharel needs strike outs The lineup behind him sucks And can’t catch either
Surprised they didn’t challenge. Looked out to me, both in real time and on replay.
Yup. Should have been an easy call.
They’re not going to challenge? He looked out to me.
FK you, Rajai
Rajai, you weren’t brought back here to channel Jemile Weeks.
Decker looked like the only major leaguer on the field Sunday and he’s not playing today?
TBH, that Korean heritage beanie looks like Rangers gear with an A’s logo on it.
Thanks, and go As.
I wouldn’t mind some Korean BBQ, though.
AJ Griffin, strikeout machine.
This sad, sad lineup.
FK you, Rajai (again), although that error should be on Rosales, so, actually, FK you, Rosie.
Even if you don’t care about service time, I can believe that Barreto really does need more time at AAA. But 6 weeks(+) is an awfully long time to go with Rosales (or Pinder) starting at SS.
Well, the hockey playoffs have been good viewing at least.
dammit, I was all ready to make “dyson SUCKS!” jokes
Roster move for @stocktonports: RHP Daulton Jefferies placed on DL. RHP Boomer Biegalski added from Beloit. Puk/Biegalski tandem tomorrow.— Zack Bayrouty (@ZackBayrouty) April 18, 2017
Roster move for @stocktonports: RHP Daulton Jefferies placed on DL. RHP Boomer Biegalski added from Beloit. Puk/Biegalski tandem tomorrow.
— Zack Bayrouty (@ZackBayrouty) April 18, 2017
Well gee, it’s almost like drafting a pitcher with shoulder issues in college is a dumb fucking idea.
At least it’s not the shoulder?
#Athletics prospect Daulton Jefferies will need Tommy John surgery: https://t.co/f2ndD47mZP— Melissa Lockard (@oakclubhouse) April 20, 2017
#Athletics prospect Daulton Jefferies will need Tommy John surgery: https://t.co/f2ndD47mZP
— Melissa Lockard (@oakclubhouse) April 20, 2017
Probably should remove the word “prospect” there. At least stick it in quotes.
pic.twitter.com/dOKBm4rf26— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) April 18, 2017
— CJ Nitkowski (@CJNitkowski) April 18, 2017
It was a scintillating evening of baseball, and those who ignored the crappy weather and showed up to support the A’s will never forget it.
WELL OVER FIFTY IN ATTENDANCE, RAY.
Alt: Thank FK we are removing the tarps.
This season has taken a turn for the dreary.
two hits in an inning not good enough for you?
Cesar Valdez called up apparently for one start for A’s this week and which day looks likely: https://t.co/pDeGn7Iwmr via @sfchronicle— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 18, 2017
Cesar Valdez called up apparently for one start for A’s this week and which day looks likely: https://t.co/pDeGn7Iwmr via @sfchronicle
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 18, 2017
If Alcantara can’t make that start his presence on the roster is a total black hole.
Cool Slusser story on Steve Vucinich includes this fun blind item:
Last year, an A’s player asked Vucinich to send some clubhouse workers to a restaurant in San Francisco to pick up dinner for the player and bring it to the team’s plane when it landed in Oakland. He said a firm no to that one.
Also, the sourcing on this anecdote makes me think it is probably horseshit:
“Madonna used to call in to get ahold of me and her code name was Melissa,” Canseco said. “Vuc would have to come tell me, ‘Hey, Jose, you’ve got a phone call from Melissa,’ and we’d all laugh because we knew it was Madonna. He’s probably the greatest clubhouse guy ever.”
I was wondering which spoiled asshole asked for the dinner. Who does that?
Likely guess? Valencia.
Unless it was Vogt doing it as a prank. Or Dillon Overton.
.146/.215/.272 was tolerated but pissing Vuc off got Chris Coghlan’s ass shipped out of town.
The clue is that the restaurant was “House of Country Breakfasts”.
Vuc’s response: What am I, your butler?
and what restaurant
I’ll be interested to see what Bob does with the lineup tomorrow vs. a lefty. With Rosales as the regular shortstop it wouldn’t make much sense to use him as a platoon right fielder, and a great way to turn Joyce from a useful player into a piece of crap would be to start him against lefthanders. I would say the least-bad option is to use Decker as Joyce’s “platoon partner”, and then to be fair also give Decker some starts in center against righthanders in relief of Rajai.
I would think Pinder SS, Rosales RF.
Currently of the 13 hitters on the roster, five (Joyce, Vogt, Alonso, Decker, Maxwell) are lefties, and all should have pretty large platoon splits – Joyce has the largest split historically, but is also the best overall hitter. No matter what, at least one of those five has to be in the lineup, probably Vogt at DH or Alonso at 1B. If you’re not playing Pinder, than at least two of them have to be in the lineup, and Joyce is probably as good a choice as any.
I have their projected splits using ec’s method, but just using past major league performance, which is too small to be meaningful for Decker or Maxwell. But looking at Decker last year in AAA (.253/.352/.426 vs RHP, .210/.336/.286 vs LHP) also indicates that he is probably not “least-bad.”
Any analysis–however correct–concluding that Rosales should start for us in the Outfield is enough to make me lose my lunch.
Even with Rosales’ established ability to suck at a number of positions, I see shortstop as a position where one player should play it consistently except for the occasional day off. Pinder is here to start for Lowrie once or twice a week, because they don’t think Lowrie can hold up physically for much more than 110-115 games/year, or to take over at SS after they pinch-hit for Rosales, as happened last night. I was willing to go along with Rosales as a platoon RF on the assumption that Semien was going to miss a few games, not 60.
@GM: Jose Canseco, though a total horse’s ass to be sure, has been proved to be fairly credible since his steroid book came poor.
Also, bamboo bats?!
Credible on steroid use? Probably. Credible on whether the biggest pop star of the time was not only banging him but calling the clubhouse to make booty calls? Less so.
Canseco-Madonna was widely reported at the time, but I believe it only happened when the A’s were in New York, once or perhaps twice. Madonna is way too smart to let that become an ongoing thing.
He, generally, was pretty damn hot shit before he became a complete joke.
Right up until the moment that ball bounced off his head. I don’t know if any other athlete has gone from legend to laughingstock in an instant like that.
Being seen with Madonna was a turning point in his career. You think Canha can’t play the outfield, you should have seen Jose when he first came up. But he worked hard at it and became an average outfielder for 2 or 3 years, coinciding with the A’s World Series appearances. He always wanted to be a rock star sort, though, and the attention he and Madonna got made that more appealing to him than continuing to work at being a good baseball player. La Russa got sick of his attitude and so did a few members of the team, with Lansford and Steinbach quoted in the papers about it.
They were able to dump Canseco and his contract, and picked up Ruben Sierra who was an impending free agent. I assumed they were going to let Sierra go at the end of that season and sign some other stud outfielder (Kirby Puckett was a free agent at the same time), but they inexplicably re-signed the Village Idiot and proceeded to suck for the rest of the century.
Oh that’s pathetic.
The story about him bringing cases of Coors east to Carl Yazstremski and Dwight Evans is also great. My dad told me about Coors once being considered a rare delicacy, but I never really believed him.
It’s the entire premise of Smokey and the Bandit.
My cultural education somehow skipped over that fine piece of American cinema.
The Official Beer of every California high school in the late 70s.
Today’s game of “deliberate lie or mere incompetence” has more geopolitical significance than most.
I was right when I said in July 2014 that the A’s would win the World Series because they will, eventually.
White House @PressSec says Trump was right to say ships were “heading” toward North Korea because it will, eventually.— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) April 19, 2017
White House @PressSec says Trump was right to say ships were “heading” toward North Korea because it will, eventually.
— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) April 19, 2017
yes, yes it were.
DOES NOBODY KNOW HOW TO ENGLISH ANYMORE?
You know, if you keep going in the wrong direction, you’ll eventually end up on the opposite side* of them heading towards them. So in a manner of speaking, they weren’t lying.
* Requires belief that the world is spherical which most of his supporters probably don’t.
Fun look at who attended that famous dinner in Moscow with Mike, Jill, and Vladimir, including:
Viktor Vekselberg, whose billions are in oil and aluminum and who is a business partner of Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the owner of the world’s largest collection of Faberge eggs.
Tina Kandelaki, a socialite and award-winning TV host who’s appeared on the covers of the Russian versions of Playboy, InStyle, and Maxim — and ran an international marketing operation for the AK-47, calling it an instrument of peace.
Viktor Vekselberg, whose billions are in oil and aluminum and who is a business partner of Trump's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and the owner of the world's largest collection of Faberge eggs.
Tina Kandelaki, a socialite and award-winning TV host who's appeared on the covers of the Russian versions of Playboy, InStyle, and Maxim — and ran an international marketing operation for the AK-47, calling it an instrument of peace.
I’m mildly annoyed that the LCFC/Atletico game isn’t simulcast. Pushing that to FS2 was dumb. Both these games are amazing.
Does anyone actually get FS2? Comcast doesn’t carry it, and YouTube.tv doesn’t carry it in SF at least.
I thought youtube tv was going to have it? Weird.
It was on their promotional material, but when I typed in my zip code it was missing from the channel list.
Ref just ruined this game.
Source confirms for me @BenBadler report that #Athletics holding workout w/Cuban OF Luis Robert on Friday. Several teams will be in on him.— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichNBCS) April 18, 2017
Source confirms for me @BenBadler report that #Athletics holding workout w/Cuban OF Luis Robert on Friday. Several teams will be in on him.
— Joe Stiglich (@JoeStiglichNBCS) April 18, 2017
Badler update: MLB likely to clear him to sign before 6/15. This means that teams that have already exceeded their bonus pools for ’16-’17, like the A’s who can’t spend more than 300K the next two years, are the most likely to sign him as they can’t incur additional penalties.
One American League international scouting director described Robert as “the best player on the planet, and that’s no exaggeration.”
Yeah, but we don’t need him because we have Michael “Once In A Generation Talent” Ynoa.
I am excited, tonight is the first of 2 consecutive no hitters!
Are you suggesting they will get a hit off Paxton on Thursday?!?!
NO! I was suggesting that I didn’t know today was tuesday even thought I took out the trash already
Triggs vs. Darvish tonight seems like a mismatch. 8-0 A’s?
Triggs and who?
Hahn and Paxton?
OK Sharks, get your shit together and score some goals tonight.
OK Mega Millions balls, get your shit together too.
Off to a good start
It seems like the A’s Gameday operator just stops trylng for minutes at a time.
TELL THE A’S TO DO SOMETHING GOOD
I save it for high leverage situations. So maybe 2019.
I like Maxwell.
FK you, Rosie
i am not believing this till the runnoff is over, but, damn
.@ossoff 77% of the votes are in and Ossoff is now at 50.3%.— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) April 19, 2017
.@ossoff 77% of the votes are in and Ossoff is now at 50.3%.
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) April 19, 2017
It’ll be a runoff, but he has a chance to win it. Which is saying something in Newt Gingrich and Tom Price’s district.
Nearing the 80% mark and #Ossoff holding on still at 50%. #GA06 pic.twitter.com/utWApO1pdu— Jason Morrell (@CNNJason) April 19, 2017
Nearing the 80% mark and #Ossoff holding on still at 50%. #GA06 pic.twitter.com/utWApO1pdu
— Jason Morrell (@CNNJason) April 19, 2017
I believe the remaining vote to count is in the part farthest from Atlanta, where he will probably lose a couple of points.
I mean… cmon.
From our onsite reporter: Fulton County is having technical difficulties. They are on the phone with tech support.I'm not joking.— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) April 19, 2017
From our onsite reporter: Fulton County is having technical difficulties. They are on the phone with tech support.
I'm not joking.
— Drew McCoy (@_Drew_McCoy_) April 19, 2017
From our onsite reporter: Fulton County is having technical difficulties. They are on the phone with tech support.I'm not joking.
Have they tried unplugging the election and plugging it back in.
JUST IN: Rare data error from one of the cards means Fulton Co. will have to manually go through hundreds of cards to find the culprit.— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) April 19, 2017
JUST IN: Rare data error from one of the cards means Fulton Co. will have to manually go through hundreds of cards to find the culprit.
— WSB-TV (@wsbtv) April 19, 2017
“Fulton” must be the Georgia equivalent of “Broward”.
Yeah so this shit happens WAY too often to be incompetence.
Somebody gets an extra donut tomorrow morning! https://t.co/SThYIOsgGs— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) April 19, 2017
Somebody gets an extra donut tomorrow morning! https://t.co/SThYIOsgGs
— Charles P. Pierce (@CharlesPPierce) April 19, 2017
With 95% of precincts reporting Ossoff is now at 48.6%. He won't pass 50% tonight but the results are amazing in a deeply conservative area— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) April 19, 2017
With 95% of precincts reporting Ossoff is now at 48.6%. He won't pass 50% tonight but the results are amazing in a deeply conservative area
Supposedly he was at 50.3% before that memory card “error” and then when they found that, magically he was at 48%
Pavelski, Couture, and now Marleau, the big names showing up tonight.
is Owen Nolan still good? what about Cheechoo?
Arturs Irbe standing on his head.
I’ve been a huge Mike Ricci fan since an opponent described him as a hair farmer.
Catch the FKing baseball
Also maybe don’t let runners steal at will.
They can talk about Chapman and Barreto all they want, but the sad thing is this roster needs about 6 or so Chapmans and Barretos.
But how would they do against 9 Hattebergs?
Chapman, Barreto, the Cuban kid we’re going to sign, Otani…..nope still not enough.
Adam “Chris Carter” Rosales
It’s great that no matter how shitty the A’s are, they could always fuck with Yu a bit.
6-0 after two periods. Worth continuing to watch for the huge brawl which is about to break out. Also the possible Pavelski or Couture hat tricks.
No huge brawl, no hat tricks, we’ll just have to settle for a 7-0 shutout win. Back to Edmonton Thurs.
The old “spend all your goals when you don’t need them to motivate the opponent next time” stratagem.
bob’s managing is paying off
Attaboy Ryon, hit ’em where they ain’t.
rajai being rajai
Triggs’ ERA is pretty solid.
Please don’t suck, Jairo.
Two “how does it feel” questions.
In fairness, Rosie may be the perfect “how does it feel” interviewee.
Well played Soaker.
A's vs. Rangers: pic.twitter.com/A1XkDICzCx— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 19, 2017
A's vs. Rangers: pic.twitter.com/A1XkDICzCx
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) April 19, 2017
The good news is, I can pat myself on the back for having predicted Bob’s “least-bad” lineup.
The bad news, clearly, is that lineup.
Given the decision to sit Jed!, which is something they should do regularly in an attempt to preserve his July trade value, I don’t see a better option.
I might go for 3-4-5 being Khris, Healy, Plouffe for the sole purpose of getting Khris to the plate in the first inning, but it’s an argument over arrangement of the deck chairs.
The Marte suspension must have caught the Pirates off guard if they are reduced to playing John Jaso in right field.
Sounds Roster Moves: INF Joey Wendle added to Nashville on MLB rehab assignment. RHP Corey Walter transferred from Midland to Nashville.— Nashville Sounds (@nashvillesounds) April 19, 2017
Sounds Roster Moves: INF Joey Wendle added to Nashville on MLB rehab assignment. RHP Corey Walter transferred from Midland to Nashville.
— Nashville Sounds (@nashvillesounds) April 19, 2017
The run scored in the end, but that Rosales bunt was stupid.
And/or batting Plff third is stupid
Walking Khris Davis doesn’t look like a great decision in retrospect either.
It’s pick your poison with this murderers row
Revenge of the Deck Chairs, even with the second-best offensive player on the team laying down a sac bunt.
Korach trying to call the game and relate baseball facts while Fosse rambles about pastries.
I would like to have Fosse on an optional second digital channel.
The SAP channel indeed.
I listened to Vince and Ray’s explanation of the events leading to the Bannister ejection and I still have no idea what happened.
Heh, I moved in from radio on the deck to the TV, both because of clouds/wind and because of pastry talk.
The 3B umpire, who was much closer to the play, pointed fair, but the home plate umpire ruled that the ball went foul before it reached the base, so that makes it the plate umpire’s call. It looked fair but no conclusive view, and not subject to review.
Pretty stupid to get run on a mundane call like that in the 3rd inning. Bannister must’ve wanted to sample the food trucks (not knowing the plaza is closed today).
I find myself wondering why I am sitting at my desk instead of at the ballpark, as with every home weekday afternoon game ever.
Mrs doctorK is taking some of her students to a day game next month. Maybe I’ll play hooky that day.
The older kid is leafing through “America’s Top Private Colleges” while Nurse Upgrade reads “10 Great but Very Expensive Towns for your Retirement Villa”?
Heh, part 1 is frighteningly close to true, I need to figure out how to slightly mess up her 4.0. Part 2 not an issue per se, but our taste in vacation spots has been skewing costly of late.
I used to be perfectly happy staying at Joe’s Motel on the nights when I wasn’t car-camping for free off some desolate logging road. Travel is now my biggest budget category at about 20% of annual spending. Living in a snowy climate, the February trip to Hawaii (or Aruba, Costa Rica, St. Maarten, various places have been contemplated) has become the MOAB in the budget.
You’re not long for the big leagues if you walk Trevor Plouffe with Khris Davis on deck.
JFC, assange is such a total pill.
Ecuador hasn’t kicked his ass out yet?
From the Gameday feed, I gather the Rangers are going to reward Mr Hauschild for his contribution today by offering him back to the Astros.
I see “tell Ray some number with a decimal point from Statcast and hope he says something dumb” will be a staple of blowout afternoon/Mulder games.
It’s really surprising to me just how much worse both he & Glen have gotten each year. I haven’t paid much attention to baseball the last couple of seasons, but my god when I do it’s intolerable. Glen gets better without Ray, but he still talks with an authority that I don’t feel he’s earned. And is extremely repetitive.
Kaval needs to make a “fan-friendly” decision here, and I realize it may be less popular with part of the fan base than some of his other decisions.
Set him up in the crowd eating shit and chattering with fans one-on-one. Make a “Sit-With-Ray” in some part of the park contest that people “win” for each game.
Give him a concession stand a la Orlando Cepeda.
Something like that, and he can keep doing his pre-game show which is safely ignored.
Mulder is doing 35 games and the fact that Dallas Braden is available to do some pre and post while keeping his ESPN gig should raise an eyebrow or two. I do not think it’s necessary to have a single primary television analyst; quite a few teams threw out that model a while back. If there are three or four guys who don’t want a full-time job but would like to do 35-40 games each per year, that gives the viewer a nice variety of viewpoints.
I really like Dallas. Mulder needs work but the skill is there. I can imagine there are plenty of former players they can draw from to fill the gaps.
Braden is available full-time now.
if i go to a tuesday office hour, i will suggetst vince to tv, braden on the color, ray roving
I’ll go to an office hours and pitch it with my Vince to TV idea
MIss .500 just texted “u up?”
That was an extremely pleasant day at the ballpark, with PTBNLs front row seats. Some actually pretty nice defensive plays (Hahn helped his cause a couple times and Rosie with some nice work) and good hitting. I did not expect to see Pinder hit the ball that hard – the double to center may have been harder hit than the homer, totally fooled Gomez who started in on the ball before realizing it was really driven.
Meanwhile here in Chile they tried to conduct a census in a single day, which meant everyone being instructed to stay home all day and all businesses being shut.
They make everyone hold still while they count the whole country? That’s utterly bonkers.
what’s the big deal? thatis what “count time” is at every prison and jail
Yup – and that’s why it failed in 2012.
The do commit to coming sometime between 9am and 6pm :-)
Kyle Hendricks, who was a borderline Cy Young candidate last year and who averages only 2.05 BB/9 for his career, walked Tommy Milone on 4 pitches
Schlong has a double, a triple and a home run but probably won’t bat again (he also struck out). The double and triple should have been an out and a single, but Jefry Marte is playing LF for the Angels and he’s atrocious.
So apparently for Valdez to make this start it’s Maxwell–>Nashville and Semien–>60-day DL. But I just don’t see how Alcantara survives Gray, Graveman, Axford and Bassitt returning to the MLB roster and I would take a chance on a DFA now before other teams lose more pitchers to injury.
Okay @warriors. Your turn! #BayAreaUnite pic.twitter.com/YHYCBvpsMS— Oakland A's ?????????? (@Athletics) April 19, 2017
Okay @warriors. Your turn! #BayAreaUnite pic.twitter.com/YHYCBvpsMS
— Oakland A's ?????????? (@Athletics) April 19, 2017
@Athletics ???????????? #BayAreaUnite pic.twitter.com/crUTkqoIMD— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) April 20, 2017
@Athletics ???????????? #BayAreaUnite pic.twitter.com/crUTkqoIMD
— GoldenStateWarriors (@warriors) April 20, 2017
decriminalize it! and solve the numerical mystery behind it.
Made even more awesome for how lovingly worn that card is.
This reporter’s live tweets from the Alex Jones (of InfoWars) custody trial are delightfully insane.
.@RealAlexJones @StephenAtHome @glennbeck Jones talks about marijuana use says he tests it yearly to “monitor its strength” says it’s too strong now, blames George Soros for that.— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) April 20, 2017
.@RealAlexJones @StephenAtHome @glennbeck Jones talks about marijuana use says he tests it yearly to “monitor its strength” says it’s too strong now, blames George Soros for that.
— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) April 20, 2017
.@RealAlexJones @StephenAtHome @glennbeck Jones talks about marijuana use says he tests it yearly to "monitor its strength" says it's too strong now, blames George Soros for that.— Charlie Warzel (@cwarzel) April 20, 2017
.@RealAlexJones @StephenAtHome @glennbeck Jones talks about marijuana use says he tests it yearly to "monitor its strength" says it's too strong now, blames George Soros for that.
jeebus, $25 million for a foxit?
Yeah, but the culture at Fox has totally changed.
Craig Hodges on being blackballed from pro sports for his political views.
John Lackey, still a whiny ass
John Lackey, who still looks like someone the sheriff throws out of town three scenes before the real bad guy is even introduced.
You forgot to mention that Grant is a talent-less hack.
It remains amazing to me that the penalty for fighting in the NHL is just 5 minutes for both guys.
Well, you can also get a Game Misconduct ejection on top of the 5. But “Game Misconduct For Fighting” would be a crappy band name.
OK, which of our many detractors is this guy?
sir, don’t make us have to put our iced teas down for a 5150.
berekeley bd sheilds need a redesign. they look like security guards
I don’t know who this kid is but….
"GLEN" pic.twitter.com/zuuRYNDLpj— Tim Dillard (@DimTillard) April 17, 2017
— Tim Dillard (@DimTillard) April 17, 2017
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