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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Articles tagged: Oakland A’s

Oakland A’s support catcher Bruce Maxwell kneeling during national anthem

Bruce Maxwell

MLB has its first national anthem kneeler.

Oakland A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell knelt during the national anthem played before Saturday’s A’s-Rangers game in Oakland.

Maxwell is African-American, and despite kneeling, the San Francisco Chronicle describes him as very patriotic. You can see he held his cap over his heart for the anthem. They say his father was in the Army.

Maxwell appeared to be moved to kneel after being troubled by President Trump’s “son of a b—-” comment Friday night about those who kneel in the NFL. Take a look at what he wrote on Twitter:

Maxwell, 26, has been in concussion protocol since taking a foul ball off his mask on Wednesday. The catcher is batting .244 on the season.

The A’s may have known about Maxwell’s plans to kneel, because they sent this statement of supporting shortly after the anthem:

Athletics have priceless tweet in response to reports of raccoon on Oakland interstate

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The Oakland Athletics’ social media team remains undefeated.

California Highway Patrol in Oakland relayed a report on Wednesday about a massive raccoon, so huge it was originally believed to be a kangaroo, being removed from a local interstate highway.

In response to the report, the A’s tweeted out this hilarious inquiry about the animal’s availability:

The 47-60 A’s are the second-worst team in the AL this year, so it couldn’t hurt to stir up some excitement by tabbing a gigantic mammal for ceremonial purposes. Heck, it would probably throw out a better first pitch than 50 Cent.

Sonny Gray traded to Yankees

The New York Yankees have reportedly acquired Oakland A’s starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees sent three prospects to Oakland in exchange for the right-hander.

The Yankees had been the favorite to land Gray all along. They were also interested in Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish, but he is in the final year of his deal whereas Gray has two years of team control remaining.

Gray, 27, is 6-5 with a 3.43 ERA this season.

The Yankees took back first place in the AL East over the weekend, and they obviously feel they can make a deep playoff run. In addition to getting Gray, they also bolstered their starting rotation by trading for left-handed starter Jaime Garcia, formerly of the Minnesota Twins.

Athletics reportedly willing to keep Sonny Gray

The Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees are reportedly locked in trade discussions involving pitcher Sonny Gray, but Oakland isn’t in desperation mode.

According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the Athletics and Yankees are struggling to match up on which prospects would go Oakland’s way — and A’s president Billy Beane has hinted that trading Gray doesn’t have to happen by Monday’s trade deadline.

The Yankees have been aggressively pursuing Gray for some time. They seem like his likeliest destination, but for now, the two sides appear to be at an impasse.

Billy Beane: A’s must ‘change the narrative’ by retaining best players

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Even in their successful periods, there has been something inevitable about the Oakland Athletics.

Synonymous with Moneyball, the A’s have consistently had talent — but due to their small market status, have inevitably watched it either traded or depart via free agency. The likes of Jason Giambi, Johnny Damon, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, Barry Zito, and more recently Yoenis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson have all been a part of Oakland’s success — before leaving.

After nearly two decades, Billy Beane is ready to change that.

Hours after dealing two more established players for prospects, including fan favorite reliever Sean Doolittle, Beane trampled on two decades of Moneyball doctrine by saying that Oakland needs to get serious about keeping talent around long-term.

Beane has a long history of trading stars against his own wishes, but Oakland has consistently kept a low payroll. He has rarely said anything critical of that fact, but this is definitely a rather firm call for a loosening of the purse-strings.

Report: Astros, Athletics have mutual interest in Sonny Gray trade

The Houston Astros’ hunt for rotation help may lead them to the doorstep of a division rival.

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Astros and Oakland Athletics have mutual interest in a deal centering around Oakland’s Sonny Gray. The 27-year-old right-hander has long been a target for the Astros, and the Athletics have spent time recently scouting Houston’s minor league system.

Gray’s ERA is an underwhelming 4.44, but his underlying numbers are superior and he is under team control through 2019, meaning he would not come cheap in any deal.

Gray was a reported target for the Astros during the offseason, but nothing ever came of it during the winter. With Houston looking like a World Series favorite, there may be more urgency and willingness to pull off a deal before the July 31 trade deadline on their part.

H/T MLB Trade Rumors

Athletics go all out with retro day, including uniforms, broadcast graphics


Having a throwback day of sorts isn’t exactly a new concept for Major League Baseball teams. Few, however, go all out quite like the Oakland Athletics did on Saturday.

The A’s held Retro Billy Ball Day when they hosted the Cubs, a tribute to Billy Martin’s 1981 Athletics. As usual, both teams wore era-appropriate uniforms for the contest.

The A’s TV affiliate, CSN California, even got in on the act with retro graphics.

This is awesome, and they deserve a ton of credit for going so far with it. The players also deserve credit for not taking a knife to the uniforms, which is surprisingly difficult for certain people.