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Believe it or not, the A’s begin Cactus League play this evening, unless it rains, which it might.

The roster kind of is what it is at this point: good. Much as I will try to get invested in Barreto vs. Mateo, Vimael Machin, and who is the eighth reliever, I’m mostly just rooting against injuries.

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  1. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2020 11:01 am

    In other news, it turns out that going into business with someone with highly questionable ethics out of foolish expediency resulted in him running an unethical organization under your nose.

    But not long after, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued a 104-page report—far longer than most—that accused Crane and EGL of discriminating against black, Hispanic and female employees. The federal agency found it paid these employees less than its white male counterparts, imposed undue discipline on them, failed to adequately investigate incidents of sexual harassment and went out of its way to avoid hiring these groups of people. Crane, according to the EEOC, told his underlings to not hire black employees.

    “Once you hire blacks, you can never fire them,” the EEOC report alleged Crane said. He also allegedly reasoned that hiring black employees would lead to litigation because they would be mistreated by other bigoted employees at EGL. Crane and the company denied the allegations.

    Over the next decade, Crane’s business again faced trouble—this time allegedly involving profiteering during the Iraq war, kickbacks and price fixing, though Crane wasn’t accused of being involved with the actions. In 2006, EGL entered an agreement with the U.S. government to settle accusations of fraud, paying the U.S. $4 million to settle potential civil claims that the company had inflated invoices of military cargo shipments to Iraq with bogus “war risk surcharges.” The company’s internal investigation uncovered more than $1 million in false surcharges, it said in a 2005 SEC filing ahead of the settlement.

    The people say Crane had a couple important factors on his side that helped usher the deal through. For one, he was willing to move the Astros to the American League, a move others were unwilling to make. MLB was so keen on making this happen that Crane wound up receiving a roughly 10% discount on his purchase price.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 22,2020 1:54 pm || Up

      “cool”

      I have $5. No I don\'t.
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2020 11:39 am || Up

        The more I think about it, the more annoying it is that the owners decided to let this guy in the club because he was willing to solve their short term problem of needing a team in the American League. Just expand, assholes.

        • 5Aces 5Aces Feb 24,2020 2:40 pm || Up

          And the only reason they needed a team in the AL is because the asshat who owned a team before he became commissioner wanted his AL club in the NL.

          Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 24,2020 3:04 pm || Up

          These are the guys who gladly allowed Jeffrey Loria to be a co-conspirator in the murder of the Expos

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  2. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2020 3:48 pm

  3. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2020 5:03 pm

    Just fired up A’s Cast on Tune In and got a preroll ad for Bernie from California Nurses PAC or something like that. Wouldn’t have heard that on KTRB.

    • andeux andeux Feb 22,2020 5:21 pm || Up

      If there’s a certain ad that we never hear during games again, this whole thing might be worth it.

      TINSTAAFK
  4. Soaker Soaker Feb 22,2020 5:04 pm

    KEN KORACH IS TALKING ABOUT A’S BASEBALL ON THE RADIO INTERWEBS…YAY!!!

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  5. 5Aces 5Aces Feb 22,2020 5:14 pm

    Guys, guys!!

    There is A’s baseball like product on my TV!!!

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  6. 5Aces 5Aces Feb 22,2020 5:20 pm

    SB&HBoR made it to the warning track

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  7. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 22,2020 5:27 pm

    Don’t get too excited Don’t get too excited Don’t get too excited Don’t get too excited

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 25,2020 12:44 pm || Up

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  8. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 22,2020 5:33 pm

    Cotton still using A’s glove

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  9. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 22,2020 5:36 pm

    Cubs broadcast put up trivino’s numbers indicating they were in the minors. now they just corrected

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  10. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2020 5:37 pm

    Lou picking up where he left off.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2020 5:46 pm || Up

      Time to hit the showers, Lou. Try to stay upright in there.

  11. 5Aces 5Aces Feb 22,2020 5:37 pm

    Lou already working on things.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  12. Soaker Soaker Feb 22,2020 5:39 pm

    Charter gives me an IP address that traces to South Lake Tahoe, CA in El Dorado County CA, although I’m geographically a couple miles over into Nevada.

    Checking it out on “A’s Cast”:

    Not using any VPN: Receives broadcast.

    Switches VPN to “Silicon Valley”: Receives broadcast

    Switches VPN to “Seattle”: AN ERROR HAS OCCURRED. Does not receive broadcast.

    Sometime when a game is on I’ll have to drive over into CA to pick up the broadcast, then drive home across the state line and see at what point I get kicked off.

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    • Soaker Soaker Feb 26,2020 4:15 pm || Up

      I see “Location Services” notifications on the phone at times, had never really thought about how it works. Is that determined by GPS, which would override any IP address as determined by whatever cell phone tower you’re connected to, or even if you’re using a VPN? That would explain my preliminary results. I did not use a VPN at all today.

      I started up the TuneIn app over by the Y in SLT, about 5 miles into CA. No problem receiving the game on A’s Cast. Drove over as far as our library, about 4 miles into NV, getting the game all the way.

      Came back to the Safeway near my house, 2 miles into NV. Closed out TuneIn and shut down phone. Reopened TuneIn but upon trying to start A’s Cast got “Stream Connection Error Has Occurred”.

      I wonder if the TuneIn app periodically rechecks location, or if that’s set upon starting up the app and as long as I were to start it in CA, kept the phone on and had the app open, could drive as far east as I wanted without getting kicked off?

      I doubt I’m going to discontinue my SiriusXM subscription which includes both satellite and streaming any time soon so the stuff with TuneIn is just academic (would also apply to an MLB.com subscription), but it’s one of those things that’s fun to play around with a little bit.

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      • andeux andeux Feb 26,2020 5:08 pm || Up

        Geolocation is based on some combination of GPS (most accurate), maps of nearby wifi networks, and cell towers (least accurate) depending on what is available.
        It sounds like you would have to do more experimenting to see how often TuneIn re-checks. It probably does when you start the stream that has restrictions, so just keeping the phone on and app open wouldn’t be enough.

        TINSTAAFK
  13. 5Aces 5Aces Feb 22,2020 5:42 pm

    Does Sour Lou have options left? How bad does his spring have to be to not head all the way north to Oakland? (Yes Im overreacting..its the 1st game!)

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2020 5:45 pm || Up

      He does. He’d probably have to be pretty bad, given the lack of real bullpen depth, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see it.

  14. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 22,2020 6:09 pm

    That is a strategy, when you think aobut it

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  15. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 22,2020 6:32 pm

    new favorite pitcher

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  16. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 22,2020 6:42 pm

    I want to believe this is true

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  17. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 22,2020 8:02 pm

    I am about to see Sting perform again. Last time was opening four the Dead in 1993. Tonight he’s starring in a play he wrote. I’ll report back

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 22,2020 11:18 pm || Up

      I’m always on board for a musical with an industrial union theme. Sting was probably the weakest cast member. SB’s here could have used a more seasoned co- writer.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  18. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 22,2020 8:25 pm

    A lot of things being worked on tonight.

  19. andeux andeux Feb 23,2020 8:57 am

    Looking forward to another year of this:

    TINSTAAFK
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2020 10:00 am || Up

      Obligatory:

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      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2020 11:44 am || Up

      In his pregame chat with Korach yesterday, Melvin said they are taking it easier than usual on pushing guys this spring, in order to emphasize getting through spring healthy with a set roster. I hope that it all this is.

      Piscotty, on the other hand, is probably well and truly crocked.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 25,2020 1:07 pm || Up

      KD got a single, went first to third on an error, got removed for a pinch runner.

  20. lenscrafters Feb 23,2020 12:27 pm

    A’s Cast is terrible right now – I’m using the web app and it keeps rewinding and playing back every 5 seconds or so.

    • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 23,2020 1:12 pm || Up

      I never understood A’s cast, I just use the MLB app

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  21. 5Aces 5Aces Feb 23,2020 12:32 pm

    The Sirius app has a slegnA logo on the page for our broadcast.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • Soaker Soaker Feb 23,2020 1:59 pm || Up

      The thing about the SiriusXM streaming is that there’s an enormous delay compared to real time. I don’t know how close A’s Cast is to real time, but checking just now, SiriusXM streaming is 2 minutes, 48 seconds behind A’s Cast. It has always been that way. Makes it impossible to participate in a game thread.

      SiriusXM satellite has a delay, but nothing like that. That’s more like 15 seconds vs. real time. They don’t usually put any of the spring training broadcasts on satellite.

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      • andeux andeux Feb 23,2020 2:20 pm || Up

        Slusser said today that A’s Cast was in sync with Giants (real) radio.
        Yesterday when I checked it was 2-3 pitches ahead of the Cubs TV broadcast on the web.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker Feb 23,2020 2:59 pm || Up

          So many delays…Youtube TV is about 60 seconds behind real time and that’s why my game thread participation dropped precipitously last year. I would only come over to the computer between innings, and once or twice I found about a first pitch home run in the next inning well before I saw it.

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          • andeux andeux Feb 23,2020 3:04 pm || Up

            Even regular cable TV can be a couple of pitches behind Gameday these days.

            TINSTAAFK
          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2020 4:00 pm || Up

            With our level of gamethread posting I find timeliness much less important anyway, most of dialogue is after the fact. The high leverage controversies and wtf moments are fairly rare exceptions.

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        • andeux andeux Feb 29,2020 1:26 pm || Up

          About 10 seconds ahead of the CSN-CA telecast today.

          TINSTAAFK
          • Soaker Soaker Feb 29,2020 1:36 pm || Up

            And as noted the SiriusXM streaming is just about exactly 2 minutes behind Youtube TV. It took a minute to remember all the buttons to push to get the syncing right.

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      • andeux andeux Feb 23,2020 2:43 pm || Up

        OTOH, I just tried to turn the stream back on my computer and got someone talking about the Indiana Pacers. They better get this shit figured out.

        TINSTAAFK
        • Soaker Soaker Feb 23,2020 2:54 pm || Up

          Ah, I thought that was a SiriusXM screw up, but actually I guess it was TuneIn.

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  22. lenscrafters Feb 23,2020 12:37 pm

    Well Diekman’s first pitch this year wasn’t the expected 3 feet out of the strike zone…

    • lenscrafters Feb 23,2020 12:38 pm || Up

      4 pitch walk to the next guy.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 23,2020 1:12 pm || Up

        mid season form, and the defense too

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2020 11:53 am || Up

      I was briefly very confused by Deichmann being pronounced just like Diekman. I was half listening and thought they were letting the latter get an AB.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 24,2020 12:22 pm || Up

        that is when I assumed i was getting bauned

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2020 2:52 pm || Up

        Baarnes and Slusser both pronounce Deichmann as “DIKEman,” which makes a lot more sense. Also, he just homered.

        • Soaker Soaker Feb 28,2020 2:59 pm || Up

          The spring training roster on the media site has a number of “official” pronunciations, including for example “SIH-mee-en” and “Wah-keem SORE-ee-uh”, but oddly neither Deichmann nor Diekman is on there.

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  23. Soaker Soaker Feb 23,2020 1:13 pm

    I think the woman in that commercial says “You don’t have to understand any of the craft that went into the Lexus ES.” It sounds an awful like “You don’t have to understand any of the crap…” though.

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    • Soaker Soaker Feb 24,2020 1:40 pm || Up

      There’s also a commercial for “Kentucky Fried Chicken and Donuts”. If you’re listening to A’s baseball when your tummy isn’t feeling so good, might want to have a plastic wastebasket or something handy.

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      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2020 12:46 pm || Up

        “for a limited time, they’re available in a chicken-and-donut sandwich”

        • Soaker Soaker Feb 28,2020 1:11 pm || Up

          In a not-sad and possibly related development, our South Lake Tahoe KFC suddenly closed just this week. I know that place (in a strip mall) was there when I was a weekend warrior from Oakland in the 90s, and there’s an original 60s KFC building with the cupola a couple miles away that’s now a burrito place. So it’s probably the first time in half a century that the Colonel’s secret blend of herbs and spices can’t be found at the lake.

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          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2020 1:15 pm || Up

            There’s a former KFC on Geary where they left the giant bucket-on-pole sign up in front of the new business, but just painted it a solid, matte black. Very eerie effect.

      • doctorK doctorK Mar 2,2020 1:31 pm || Up

        Just seeing those ads cause my blood sugar to spike.

  24. 5Aces 5Aces Feb 23,2020 1:48 pm

    Kemp staking claim to 2B.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  25. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2020 2:05 pm

    As expected, impossible to get A’s cast reception at Stinson Beach (and yes, last year’s station came in fine here).

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 23,2020 4:02 pm || Up

      Once I re-entered coverage area the stream on the drive home was fine. It did force me to turn on power saving and eat a lot of battery. Got to hear Ray tell Ken that as with players, we’ ll have to tear the uniforms off the broadcasters to make them retire too, which was not the image I was expecting on Feb 23.

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  26. Soaker Soaker Feb 23,2020 3:38 pm

    -16 run differential is already 10 runs worse than #29 Pittsburgh.

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    • Soaker Soaker Feb 24,2020 2:37 pm || Up

      -27 late in the fourth game. Will have to comb the Cactus League Record Book to find out anything more spectacular than that.

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  27. colin colin Feb 24,2020 7:51 am

    KLaw’s top 100 prospects is up at The Athletic.

    Puk at 21, Luzardo at 26 (higher ceiling than Puk, but concerns about durability), Murphy at 36 (“could be a star if he could just stay healthy”). I would think that all three of these guys make the opening day 25-man roster. Should we be worried that there aren’t impact prospects in the low minors?

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2020 10:47 am || Up

      I am a little worried about it. There is very little to show from the draft since the 2016 class (Puk, Murphy, Jefferies) that is graduating now. Nick Allen is the only player from the last three drafts that even seems all that interesting at the moment, and his size limits his ceiling. Meanwhile, with the current roster the picks we won’t be picking high for a while (I hope).

      It would sure help if Robert Puason is as good as advertised.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2020 11:03 am || Up

      His Top 20 for the A’s is up now. The system is “still thin,” but “incredibly well stocked with players who will help the major-league club this year.”

      4. Nick Allen (“I think he’s a regular at short because of his defense and the potential for high OBPs.”)
      5. Daulton Jefferies (“fourth starter if he can stay healthy”)
      6. Logan Davidson (likes his defensive potential at short, hitting seems broken)
      7. Jorge Mateo (“still star upside” but thinks his hitting more homers last year is a bad sign for his approach)
      8. James Kaprielian (who knows)
      9. Robert Puason (plus runner, great arm, pretty swing, free swinger, 17)
      10. Sheldon Neuse (“solid utility infielder,” doubles power)

      His #13, Marcus Smith, sounds like a young guy to watch.

      • lenscrafters Mar 2,2020 3:24 pm || Up

        MLB.com Top 30

        Lower on Jefferies and Kap than others and Murphy is ranked ahead of Puk.

      • MikeV MikeV Mar 2,2020 5:23 pm || Up

        ugh I HATE when guys hit more homers

        And I have to say: mikev is one of my favorite people on here -slusser.

        Thanks, and go As.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 4,2020 5:23 pm || Up

      Kiley McDaniel (now at ESPN):

      4. Luzardo (top pitcher)
      20. Puk
      61. Murphy

  28. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2020 11:36 am

    ZiPS projected standings give a 19.4% chance to win the division

    ZiPS has Oakland as the team most likely to threaten the Astros, something they briefly do every year it seems. The A’s have a surprisingly deep organization and this methodology gives them a significant boost over the Angels; even in a million years, there were very few Angels teams that played above .500 ball when deprived of Trout in these simulations.

    Seattle is projected for 100 losses, so I guess they haven’t bottomed out quite yet.

  29. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2020 11:46 am

    If any of you A’s Access members haven’t gotten your mlb.tv subscription link yet, check your spam folders or whatever. Gmail filed mine some place I could only find by searching for “mlb”.

  30. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2020 12:32 pm

    Manaea, things, working

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2020 12:35 pm || Up

      Getting Yandy Diaz flashbacks here

    • andeux andeux Feb 24,2020 2:14 pm || Up

      TINSTAAFK
  31. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2020 1:21 pm

    Daulton Jefferies leaves the mound with the trainer.

    • Soaker Soaker Feb 24,2020 1:24 pm || Up

      What a butt-ugly first 48 hours.

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      • Soaker Soaker Feb 24,2020 1:33 pm || Up

        By the way the Bill King Deck is wonderful today at 51 degrees. Need to maintain the Maui tan during this stretch before the trip to Arizona late next week.

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        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 24,2020 1:51 pm || Up

          Unlike Ray, they never had to tear the uniform off Bill.

          • Soaker Soaker Feb 24,2020 1:59 pm || Up

            The unit next door is for sale and unoccupied. I got myself all set up, listened to Townsend’s pregame show…then right at noon an agent and prospective buyers show up. There was some quick scrambling.

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  32. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 24,2020 3:58 pm

    New Sluss bag. Nothing shocking, she thinks either Mateo or Barreto gets jettisoned by final roster cut, Jonah pronounces his name Hy-Am, and TJ McFarland is funny.

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    • Soaker Soaker Feb 24,2020 4:19 pm || Up

      I look forward to her reporting on her upcoming experience as an ice hockey player, as related on today’s Donnycast. Sounds like she laid the wood on some girls as a lacrosse player at Furd.

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      • Soaker Soaker Mar 3,2020 10:48 am || Up

        Whoops. (in response to “How did you break your ankle?”)

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  33. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 25,2020 1:45 pm

    First time seeing Jonah Heim. He’s tall. Pretty sweet looking swing from the left side.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 25,2020 1:57 pm || Up

      Speaking of catchers with a sweet swing from the left side, Austin Allen just crushed one.

      • lenscrafters Feb 25,2020 2:25 pm || Up

        I watched some of his at bats from last year when he debuted. He’s got crazy loft to his swing. Probably a ridiculous comp but it reminds me of Joey Gallo.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 25,2020 2:35 pm || Up

          It’s hard to reconcile his minor league numbers with San Diego’s decision to trade him for one year of Jurickson Profar. They must think he’s a terrible defensive catcher, because if he’s even passable back there he could have a Mike Napoli kind of career for a while.

          • lenscrafters Feb 25,2020 3:14 pm || Up

            It’s ok, watching Phegley catch has prepared us for whatever may come.

  34. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 25,2020 2:12 pm

    The Nike logo on the jerseys looks terrible.

  35. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 25,2020 2:37 pm

    Better Call Saul!

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  36. Soaker Soaker Feb 25,2020 4:21 pm

    Looking at who got the ABs and innings pitched today, it was a pretty Schlitty lineup even by February 25 standards.

    It doesn’t make a bit of difference but the other team isn’t trying to win either, and it would feel a little better to stumble into at least one win out of five.

    The A’s rarely televise back to the Bay Area from Arizona, but Glen and Ray are doing games both Saturday (from Las Vegas) and Monday. Those are 3-hour infomercials to try to sell some tickets, and I’m sure Melvin has been asked to align the schedules to have more of Chapman, Semien, Olson and the big league bullpen and let #93 who pitched at Beloit, Stockton and a couple innings at Midland last year work the following day.

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    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 26,2020 12:35 pm || Up

      So far so good today with a plausible lineup.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 26,2020 12:45 pm || Up

        6-0 in the first. Heim and Allen doing damage again.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 26,2020 1:11 pm || Up

          Olson double, Canha double, Brown triple and it’s 8-0. I think they woke up today wanting a win for Soaker.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 26,2020 1:23 pm || Up

            What’s the spring training equivalent of a Pythagorean record, a Euclidean one?

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          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 26,2020 3:01 pm || Up

            15-2, and the D-Backs are starting to put in pitchers with obviously fake names like “Cole Stapler.”

            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 26,2020 3:17 pm || Up

              Followed up by “Damien Magnifico.”

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2020 12:10 pm || Up

      Safe to say that the A team is on its way to Vegas, looking at today’s lineup in Goodyear, AZ: Fowler, Kemp, Barreto, Neuse, Heim, Cambpell, Bolt, Goins, Perez.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2020 2:38 pm || Up

        10-0 Reds after a three-run inside the parker off of Kaprielian. On the plus side, Kaprielian is throwing baseballs.

  37. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 25,2020 5:33 pm

    This debate is insane.

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 25,2020 5:37 pm || Up

      Warren crapped on Bloomberg again, everyone was yelling at the same time about Bernie, and then out of nowhere Biden just leveled Steyer.

      • Soaker Soaker Feb 25,2020 8:06 pm || Up

        Save us, California.

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        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 29,2020 3:50 pm || Up

          Yeah, we definitely won’t save anything. I’m pretty annoyed that our primary is this early, actually. We should come after Super Tuesday, when the field has been narrowed and the remaining candidates have the resources to really work here.

          Anyway, I’ve decided to just vote for Warren because I want her to be president, tactical considerations be damned.

          • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 29,2020 3:55 pm || Up

            That’s always my approach to primaries, might as well express a preference for the candidate I actually want to win.

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          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 7:58 am || Up

            If I’m understanding correctly, voting Warren (in California) is tactically justified if one also wants to block Bernie. Apparently her getting over 15% along with Biden would take a much bigger chunk out of Bernie’s delegate reward than Biden finishing a closer second would. What a silly, silly system we have.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 29,2020 5:41 pm || Up

          I wonder if there will be any big California endorsements tomorrow.

          Biden has DiFi and Garcetti. Bloomberg has his mayors. Bernie has…Ro Khanna.

          Will Kamala endorse? Gavin had endorsed her; I assume he now stays out but his wife went for Warren yesterday. Barbara Lee and Libby were both for Kamala…now? Nancy probably stays mum. Maybe Schiff could move the needle a bit. And then there’s Jerry…

          • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 1,2020 5:03 pm || Up

            i can’t see any of the big names endorcing.

            Biden has been pretty gross about suggesting VP candidates as if they are endorsements,I assume harris says yes to VP slot when it is offered. that’s ok, I suppose.

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            • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 1,2020 5:09 pm || Up

              Biden and Bernie both have unusually valuable VP slots to offer

              • andeux andeux Mar 1,2020 5:10 pm || Up

                I just saw that Biden is now the youngest male in the race.

                TINSTAAFK
                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 1,2020 5:13 pm || Up

                  pete? I have been offline all weekend, did pete drop out?

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                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 1,2020 5:16 pm || Up

                  [tuns on twitter]

                  oh, that is an odd play

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                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 1,2020 5:18 pm || Up

                  Ran out of money and decided to make some important friends.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 1,2020 5:27 pm || Up

                  does indiana have senators? congress members?

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                • sslinger Mar 2,2020 11:42 am || Up

                  I can’t believe I’m typing this but I’m actually considering voting for Biden as a last chance to keep Bernie from getting the nom.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 2,2020 12:02 pm || Up

                  Presumably that’s exactly what to DNC establishment hoped for when they learned on Peteand Amy to drop out now.

                  I’m still voting for Liz.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • sslinger Mar 3,2020 11:39 am || Up

                  I ended up doing that too – just couldn’t let myself vote for Biden.

                • mikeA Mar 2,2020 1:28 pm || Up

                  I am voting Biden…

                • mikeA Mar 2,2020 1:29 pm || Up

                  VP choice will be unusually important barring Warren miracle comeback.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 2,2020 1:59 pm || Up

                  yes, and I hope they consider who ha a ground game. Getting out the vote in november is the only thing that will beat trump.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • Soaker Soaker Mar 2,2020 1:55 pm || Up

                  Biden reminds me too much of Walter Mondale, or Bob Dole on the GOP side. The party elder statesman running because it’s his turn and not because he has any compelling argument to be President, other than “I’m not Donald Trump” this time around which isn’t going to be compelling enough to win.

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                • mikeA Mar 2,2020 2:11 pm || Up

                  Agreed, but I find I am a beggar not a chooser. That said, I think “I’m not Donald Trump” is reasonably compelling…

                • colin colin Mar 3,2020 9:52 am || Up

                  Ohio doesn’t vote for another two weeks and I plan to vote for Warren if she is still in at that point. But my worries run the opposite direction, i.e. considering voting for Bernie to keep Biden from getting the nom. Honestly scared about Biden’s electability.

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 3,2020 10:29 am || Up

                  I agree with this, the conventional wisdom that Bernie would be the hardest Dem to elect seems based on instinct. In this post-2016 landscape the calculus that one must speak to moderates is a lot less convincing than it was before.

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • AV AV Mar 3,2020 1:43 pm || Up

                  someone somewhere podded in my ear this point, a democrat needs florida to win the election. meanwhile, sanders won’t back offa being into castro.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 10:31 am || Up

                  I don’t think either Bernie or Biden (or Warren, tbf) has an airtight electability argument. But I think on balance, Biden’s is stronger. A Biden-Trump race is a referendum on Trump. A Sanders-Trump race is a lot more complicated than that, and I don’t want complication — it creates more paths to victory for Trump.

                  Bernie’s case is that he’ll bring out a lot of young voters who stayed home in 2016. Maybe, but maybe those voters (who are by definition unlikely voters) would be offset by moderates who stay home or vote for Trump or a libertarian or whatever.

                  Biden, for all of his faults, has a case for being able to reassemble the Obama coalition and getting some of the people who voted for Gary Johnson in 2016 and a democrat for the house in 2018. Bernie’s path just isn’t as clear to me, and I worry a lot that the general public will turn on him once he’s a Democratic nominee and not just the kooky old guy who was against Hillary.

                • ptbnl Mar 3,2020 10:38 am || Up

                  My concern with Biden-Trump is the false equivalence that will be created between Trump’s sexual assaults and rampant corruption and Biden’s factual handsiness and fictional Ukraine dealings.

                  If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
                • andeux andeux Mar 3,2020 10:42 am || Up

                  I tend to agree with GM on this.
                  They both seem like weak candidates who would probably lose to a normal Republican (when such a person existed). They both seem to think (wrongly) that the key to reviving the Democrats is appealing more to white guys, and both think (for opposite reasons) that they are the one that can do that. Bernie may have the bigger upside – lots of people really love him – but that comes with a much, much bigger downside. And for all the whining about conspiracies against him, the fact is he’s never faced the kind of attacks he’s going to see from Republicans. Just wait until people are barraged with ads about his praise for Castro. Florida is hopeless, and I worry that it would be enough to beat him even in states like PA/OH/MI/WI.

                  TINSTAAFK
                • mikeA Mar 3,2020 1:09 pm || Up

                  I agree with this completely.

                • AV AV Mar 3,2020 1:44 pm || Up

                  oh. this.

                  *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
                • lenscrafters Mar 3,2020 11:18 am || Up

                  This piece on Bernie’s turnout kinda affirms what GM is saying.

                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 3,2020 10:35 am || Up

                  I think they both have problems, but different ones.

                  Biden has less enthusim than HR Clintonwhich scares me. The GOTV is the biggest factor. Sanders has the apparatus, but is vunerable to a significant ceiling.

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • doctorK doctorK Mar 2,2020 1:32 pm || Up

                  (I voted for Weld.)

                • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 2,2020 1:55 pm || Up

                  My my! Hey hey!

                  "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
                • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 2,2020 2:04 pm || Up

                  not an eagles fan?

                  I have $5. No I don\'t.
                • lenscrafters Mar 2,2020 2:04 pm || Up

                  Our primary in NY isn’t until the end of April, so if it even matters at that point, I fully expect to vote for Biden over Bernie.

          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 3,2020 9:51 am || Up

            Sounds like Joe flew into the Town this morning to pick up the Kamala endorsement.

    • Soaker Soaker Mar 2,2020 4:00 pm || Up

      Incidentally, for the first time ever I’m going to register as a Republican for our primary election (June). There are no state office races nor a U.S. Senate race this year so there isn’t much of anything for Democrats to vote on. The issue for me is that with the sizable GOP majority in this county our County Commissioner election is decided in the Republican primary; they got one of the wingnuts elected in 2018 and two of his buddies are running this year which, if those two won, would give that cabal a majority of the Commission. So I’m going to lend my support to the Republican moderates.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Mar 2,2020 4:10 pm || Up

        my boss, who used our office as a phonebank site for obama in 08, has been a registered republican since he crossed over to vote for anderson. I am confident he didn’t vote for any republican since.

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 2,2020 5:37 pm || Up

          John Anderson? That was 40 years ago.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 2,2020 5:34 pm || Up

        Wait, you guys have caucuses and primaries, and you get to vote in both (with different party registration)? That’s weird. Mostly caucuses-are-stupid weird, but still.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Soaker Soaker Mar 2,2020 5:43 pm || Up

          Caucuses are only about the presidency, and are run by the political parties. (If they choose to hold one; the GOP didn’t hold caucuses this year; they had a party meeting down in right-wing stronghold Pahrump and announced their support for Trump by acclamation.). State government has nothing to do with the caucuses. Primaries decide everything else, including U.S. Senate in relevant years, Congressman and all partisan local offices.

          There’s yet another drive to bag the caucuses in 2024. I don’t think we want to pay for two separate primaries, but we like being “First in the West” in presidential selection, so we’ll see how that shakes out.

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        • doctorK doctorK Mar 2,2020 6:01 pm || Up

          Iowa also has a primary later in the spring for the non-presidential offices.

      • Soaker Soaker Jun 9,2020 9:21 pm || Up

        The Republican moderates are going down tonight despite my (admittedly halfhearted) support. The wingnuts have the County Commission for the next two years at least.

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        • Soaker Soaker Jun 17,2020 12:57 pm || Up

          The wingnuts do have at least three of the five seats on the Commission. I’m amused that a week after the election, in the first GOP primary I ever voted in, one of the races is 5,858 to 5,846. And yes, Danny is a Son of a Towel Chewer. I held my nose real hard and voted for him in that one because Nelson is even worse.

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          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Jun 17,2020 1:19 pm || Up

            If Little Tark holds on to win, what will that bring his electoral record to? 1-8?

            • Soaker Soaker Jun 17,2020 1:48 pm || Up

              He won some Republican primaries in Vegas but lost to the Democrat in the general in each case, and has never held any elective office. I think he’s 0-6.

              So he gave up there and moved to our rinky-dink county. If he wins this primary he wins the seat; nobody else filed from any other party or as an independent, and under Nevada election law the winner in such a race doesn’t even have to run unopposed in November. That was the specific issue that motivated me to register GOP this time; the notion that someone can be elected to a countywide position without ever appearing on my ballot* even unopposed, because I’m not a member of the Republican voting “club”, is terribly un-American to me.

              * – Edit: Upon recheck my recollection of the election law was not too good. In fact Tarkanian or Nelson will appear on the November ballot as the only candidate for that seat. Regardless, we had three Commission seats up in competitive elections in the GOP primary, and only one of the winners faces any opposition on the ballot in November, that being from a Libertarian. No Democrats ran for any of the three seats.

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  38. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 26,2020 1:14 pm

    Maybe let fans tear them down after the game that night.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 26,2020 1:20 pm || Up

      Minor point, but “not our choice” is less than accurate. Those signs were part of a full package of accommodations negotiated when Raiders returned, to which the A’s agreed and for which they were compensated.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • lenscrafters Feb 26,2020 2:23 pm || Up

      Incidentally, wasn’t the draft of the HT EIR supposed to have been released last week?

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 26,2020 2:29 pm || Up

        It was originally supposed to be released on Valentine’s Day, and then it was last week, and now…..

        • ptbnl Feb 26,2020 2:30 pm || Up

          April 1st.

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
          • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 26,2020 2:33 pm || Up

            As they say in Brazil, dia de São Nunca, a tarde. (Saint Never’s Day, in the afternoon).

      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 26,2020 4:13 pm || Up

        I have literally never seen a draft or final EIR issued on its projected date. Not once, out of hundreds I’ve followed.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 1,2020 3:30 pm || Up

        Kaval just tweeted “Hopefully we will know an exact date [when the draft will be released] tomorrow.”

  39. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 26,2020 2:12 pm

    I’ll bet the A’s will be immune to this rash.

  40. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 26,2020 3:53 pm

    Neither cyclical fashion nor rational aesthetics seem able to end the hideous hipster beard trend, maybe the coronavirus finally will.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/cdc-chart-breaks-down-what-staches-do-and-dont-work-with-respirator-masks/

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Feb 26,2020 4:36 pm || Up

      I notice Coronavirus has gotten Trump’s attention and the stock market is saying why.

      The S&P 500 with dividends reinvested was up 68.7% since Election Day 2016 as of just a week ago. That’s dang good. As of today that has already dropped to 55.3%.

      The stock market =/= the economy but there’s a correlation, and putting aside all the left-wing/right-wing stuff, “it’s the economy, stupid” is one of main things independents are going to look at.

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      • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 26,2020 5:50 pm || Up

        He’s apparently upset at the CDC for being honest about the risk and thus “spooking the markets,” but he should probably be grateful, since most indications were that a market correction was coming soon anyway. Being able to blame it on a virus lets him absolve himself of blame.

        "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 26,2020 6:00 pm || Up

          He seemed to try to blame the selloff on last night’s Democratic debate, which, in addition to the temporal issues, sort of admits that Wall Street expects him to lose?

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2020 7:42 am || Up

        If his press conference was intended to calm the markets….time for plan b.

        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2020 2:06 pm || Up

          I said plan b, not plan a again…

  41. AV AV Feb 26,2020 5:28 pm
    *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
    • ptbnl Feb 26,2020 9:13 pm || Up

      The Mail and The Sun are verboten.

      If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
      • AV AV Feb 27,2020 9:09 am || Up

        nothing is forbidden in that outfit!

        *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
        • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 27,2020 9:24 am || Up

          All in a futile quest to once again reach the sartorial splendor of the snakeskin jacket from Wild at Heart.

          "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
          • AV AV Feb 27,2020 11:46 am || Up

            sadly, he outgrew anaconda…

            *i’m* AV. alex vause. put this loon in psych before she hurts someone.
            • 5Aces 5Aces Feb 27,2020 12:40 pm || Up

              Conversely his anaconda also dont want none.

              Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  42. colin colin Feb 27,2020 7:35 am

    Interesting theme in today’s NYTimes crossword (I’m a nerd)

    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2020 10:48 am || Up

      Complete with a cool effect when you finish it on the app.

      • andeux andeux Feb 27,2020 11:10 am || Up

        Very cool theme but I only understood half of it (noticed one of the options in each place) until the illustration at the end.

        TINSTAAFK
  43. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2020 10:47 am

    Nice scam on Nevada taxpayers here by the Raiders

    The Raiders bought 55.6 acres of land from the city of Henderson in 2018 for a little over $6 million, half the appraised value, and sold its unfinished facility there for more than 30 times that.

    Public records show the Raiders entered into a ground lease at the site and subleased it right back, indicating the team still owns, but is now renting, the land underneath the complex.

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 27,2020 12:03 pm || Up

      Mark Davis, three dimensional chess master.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  44. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 27,2020 2:00 pm

    Donnie bares with a nice shout out to twitter guy doing court ordered community service and listening to the game

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 27,2020 2:04 pm || Up

      Followed by a guy who bragged about being a boss whose employees don’t know he’s listening to the game, and that his favorite ballpark food is the Diamond Level lobster rolls. Baarnescasts kind of rule.

      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 27,2020 2:18 pm || Up

        even if he didn’t ask Alex coffey, civil war major, to talk about abner doublday like I asked

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
  45. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 27,2020 2:23 pm

    Per today’s Slusser article Pinder now actually owns a catcher’s mitt and will start working bullpen sessions. Watch out, Campy, Chad’s coming for your record.

    https://www.sfchronicle.com/athletics/article/A-s-Chad-Pinder-finds-rhythm-at-the-plate-with-15087363.php

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  46. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 27,2020 6:16 pm

    Just four weeks until opening day! I’m thinking french toast kabobs.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  47. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 28,2020 12:54 pm

    Fiers goes over 2, but lots of hard hit balls

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
    • andeux andeux Feb 28,2020 4:24 pm || Up

      Working on things

      TINSTAAFK
  48. Future Ed Future Ed Feb 28,2020 1:02 pm

    Piscotty set back. not the biggest news or problem. Thinks its a minor setback

    I am not sure its a big deal. Puts the mateo/baretto/manchin/kemp back a little

    I have $5. No I don\'t.
  49. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2020 1:17 pm

    Donnie Baarnes’ description of the Reds’ facility in Goodyear: “Like if you took a Chipotle and expanded it into a ballpark.”

    • Soaker Soaker Feb 28,2020 1:26 pm || Up

      Donny sounds like he would be pretty good if he got a chance to do regular season games. Five spring training games a week, mostly worked entirely solo, is a brutal task. He sometimes gets bogged down in the listener engagement via Twitter, but how else is he supposed to fill the time? Ken doesn’t seem like somebody who’s going to work forever and he’s maybe 64 now, and when Ken has a series off Vince just doesn’t work as a lead announcer.

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      • Future Ed Future Ed Feb 28,2020 1:33 pm || Up

        he is pretty clear, has done homework. would imagine being able to focus on one team, he would do well

        I have $5. No I don\'t.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2020 1:47 pm || Up

          He clears the Roxy Bernstein bar for sure.

      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 28,2020 1:52 pm || Up

        There was an amusing moment yesterday where Baarnes called Vince “Ray” and Vince got mock offended.

  50. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 28,2020 4:18 pm

    Joe Biden was never even one of my top 10 choices, but I’m intrigued by this Robinette dude, sounds like a real OG.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  51. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 29,2020 11:08 am

    I’ve been browsing up on the national pandemic strategy as we enter “acceleration”

    This is the best recent and detailed US strategy plan I could find.. At the stage we’re just starting it calls for “consideration of immediate initiation of appropriate community mitigation measures such as school and child-care facility closures and social distancing…(i)Isolation and treatment of ill persons and voluntary quarantine of contacts continue as key mitigation measures.” For the most part, ending those measures isn’t called for until the end of deceleration. The duration will be determined using the Pandemic Severity Assessment Framework, a CDC metric created after the 2009 H1N1. It indexes severity and transmissability as data comes in (really that paper is fascinating).

    France and Italy have cancelled soccer and other large public gatherings. I can’t imagine our interval is far behind theirs as community transmission takes hold.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 29,2020 11:19 am || Up

      Meant to add: the hopeful scenario is that we’ll find severity is sharply less than in Wuhan, that seems to be what happened with H1N1 as they realized in retrospect that many more people were infected but suffered no symptoms, and mortality rate was actually much lower than thought at the time.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  52. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 29,2020 11:21 am

    Time for that unbeaten Arsenal team to pop some champagne, Miami Dolphins style.

  53. 5Aces 5Aces Feb 29,2020 2:07 pm

    Was Fowler actually good before he got hurt? I get that he may never be as fast but he just doesnt seem to do anything better than so-so.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
    • lenscrafters Feb 29,2020 2:12 pm || Up

      He wasn’t bad but he was vastly overhyped as Yankees prospects tend to be.

    • andeux andeux Feb 29,2020 2:26 pm || Up

      He was a late-round pick who didn’t do much at any level until having a really good half-season at AAA at age 22. Not really surprising that he has reverted to being a marginal major-leaguer.

      TINSTAAFK
    • Soaker Soaker Feb 29,2020 3:27 pm || Up

      There must be some match out there where a crappy team that has no hope this year would take Fowler and probably two of three of Barreto, Mateo and Machin, give those guys chances like the Orioles did with Richie Martin last year, and give the A’s back somebody who would be useful in Oakland this season.

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  54. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 29,2020 2:22 pm

    Breaking news from the split squad game: Tanner Anderson is still bad.

  55. 5Aces 5Aces Feb 29,2020 2:22 pm

    Wendelken working on things.

    Camelot sure fell apart, didn't it? -Steve McCatty
  56. andeux andeux Feb 29,2020 2:40 pm

    “Welcome to the Machine” for Vimael Machin. Nice.

    TINSTAAFK
    • andeux andeux Mar 1,2020 1:51 pm || Up

      Ken just explained it to Vince.

      TINSTAAFK
      • Soaker Soaker Mar 1,2020 1:55 pm || Up

        Vince saw Harry Connick Jr. last night. Means I lost my bet, which was on Donny and Marie.

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  57. andeux andeux Feb 29,2020 2:55 pm

    Tony Kemp may not be any good, but at least he has better AB’s than Profar did.

    TINSTAAFK
  58. Soaker Soaker Feb 29,2020 3:06 pm

    I miss the pitchers running in the outfield after they are removed from the game (and occasionally dodging a ball hit up a gap). Not sure exactly when that stopped; maybe more than 10 years ago but fewer than 20?

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  59. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 29,2020 4:00 pm

    First Saturday softball with A’s cast instead of transistor radio reveals significant disadvantage of losing signal from phone-in-pocket to speaker-in-dugout. Not a crisis, but a new annoyance.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  60. Soaker Soaker Feb 29,2020 4:28 pm

    Victory cabbage, always delicious.

    Tomorrow’s starting lineup is whoever can scrape themself off the clubhouse floor after a Saturday night in Vegas.

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    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 29,2020 5:00 pm || Up

      Based solely on my gut instinct/preconceptions it looks like they left a lot of the troublemakers back in Mesa (Canha, Grossman, Neuse) and brought a square group to Vegas (Chapman, Semien, Laureano).

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 29,2020 5:11 pm || Up

        I bet Manaea can party Vegas style. And he doesn’t have to do a damn thing tomorrow.

      • Soaker Soaker Feb 29,2020 7:09 pm || Up

        Ken may have to work solo with Vince and Ray “not feeling well and back at the hotel”.

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        • Soaker Soaker Mar 1,2020 2:22 pm || Up

          Ray was there on television yesterday, and usually on weekends in spring he’s in a three-man radio booth. I’m noticing it’s just Ken and Vince today though.

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  61. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Feb 29,2020 5:58 pm

    This is a pretty good Biden speech.

  62. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Feb 29,2020 6:29 pm

    Heard while watching Carolina beat Syracuse that after this week they are shutting down the Carrier Dome and replacing the roof. It’s the end of the line for the last air-supported dome roof still in use in the US, outlasting the Metrodome and Silverdome, among other notable predecessors.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Soaker Soaker Feb 29,2020 7:16 pm || Up

      The Bay Area had Toso Pavilion at Santa Clara University. I thought that was a very strange architectural choice.

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  63. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 1,2020 1:23 pm

    A wind-aided three run first from the varsity lineup.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  64. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 1,2020 1:31 pm

    Every time I hear the name of our new 2B contender I think about this hilarious story.Since he’s a rule 5 must-keep I’ll probably have this routine memorized by July.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  65. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 1,2020 1:33 pm

    Luzardo got outs on two hard-hit balls in teh first but gave up a hit on a feeble dribbler.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  66. Soaker Soaker Mar 1,2020 1:50 pm

    I’m afraid Tony Kemp’s Cactus League WAR is going to far exceed his regular season WAR.

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  67. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 1,2020 2:43 pm

    I guess it was the Cleveland hitters who especially enjoyed the Strip last night.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  68. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 1,2020 2:52 pm

    The “three club wind” is wreaking havoc with their outfielders, while ours make every play

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  69. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 1,2020 4:26 pm

    Man, a weekend with baseball on the radio* was just the thing to cure the winter blues.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
  70. Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 1,2020 4:55 pm
    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 1,2020 5:32 pm || Up

      Pretty savage burn by Chuck: “Flavor chooses to dance for his money and not do benevolent work like this. He has a year to get his act together and get himself straight or he’s out.”

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • ptbnl Mar 2,2020 7:51 am || Up

        A year turns into a day, with a burn coda: “It’s not about Bernie with Flav … he don’t know the difference between Barry Sanders or Bernie Sanders.”

        If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
        • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 2,2020 1:14 pm || Up

    • FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 4,2020 5:34 pm || Up

      No word yet about Bernie’s fingerprints on this attempted coup within Journey.

      "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
      • doctorK doctorK Mar 5,2020 10:08 am || Up

        I’m sure it’s tearing them apart.

        • ptbnl Mar 5,2020 10:32 am || Up

          They’ve stopped believin’

          If this is His will, He's a son of a bitch.
  71. FreeSeatUpgrade FreeSeatUpgrade Mar 2,2020 10:48 am

    A’s on TV tonight, 6pm vs Cubs on NBCSCA. Good one for prospect mavens, as after two days of split squad games Melvin says many regulars will have the day off.

    "Kraut will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no kraut."
    • Glorious Mundy Glorious Mundy Mar 2,2020 11:38 am || Up

      Sounds like Korach is getting the day off too. It’s Vince and Dom Cotroneo on the radio streaming call.

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