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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Articles tagged: Oakland A’s

A’s strength coach investigated for planting camera in weight room

Oakland Coliseum

Oakland A’s strength and conditioning coach Michael Henriques was suspended and is under investigation for planting a hidden camera in the team’s weight room last month, according to a report.

Yahoo’s Tim Brown reports the story and says Henriques set up the camera on July 24 so he could follow the team’s players while the A’s were on the road. Henriques wanted to make sure players were working out and rehabbing properly while the team was out of town.

Though Henriques’ intentions were good, team executive Billy Beane was furious with the coach’s actions.

“This was the misguided action of one employee,” said Billy Beane, the A’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “We hired an independent investigator. While the employee’s intentions were good his judgment was very poor.”

A player discovered the planted camera and informed the team’s players union rep, Sean Doolittle, who contacted the union about the matter. Cameras are not allowed to be planted like this because it is considered a violation of privacy.

Athletics had to fly home in plane with Giants logo on it


Things got awkward for the Oakland Athletics on Sunday when they had to take a plane adorned with the logo and colors of their Bay Area rivals.

The A’s, of course, have a Bay Area rivalry with the San Francisco Giants, who have had considerably more recent success. Most people would argue that they have a better team and a better stadium, and for reasons unclear, they had to take a Giants plane back to Oakland after their series in Seattle.

The rivalry is real. Hard to blame them for not being a fan of the travel arrangement.

Hey, at least they get to go home to a nice park… or not. Sorry, Oakland. Better luck with the plane situation next time.

Oakland Coliseum uses cups taped to ceiling to stop leaks

Coliseum cups leak

Just how janky and low-budge can you get? For the Oakland Coliseum, it seems like there is no floor.

Kansas City Chiefs fans and media in attendance for Sunday’s Week 13 clash with the Raiders in Oakland last weekend shared some photos on Twitter showing the high-tech way the stadium has dealt with some leaks.

That is some seriously complex engineering.

Between this and some of the disgusting sewage leaks they’ve had at the stadium, it’s understandable why the Raiders have been lobbying for a move to Los Angeles. Some of the conditions at the Oakland Coliseum are just embarrassing.

A’s acquire pitcher Brad Mills for $1

Billy-BeaneOakland A’s general manager Billy Beane took the concept of “Moneyball” to the next level on Tuesday. You know how a parent sometimes signs over a car to their kid for $1 just so the kid can legally put the title in his or her name? The A’s have done that with former Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brad Mills.

Mills, who has compiled a 4-2 record and 1.56 ERA in 14 Triple-A games this season, had a clause in his contract that allowed him to opt out if another team wanted to put him on its active MLB roster after June 15. According to Todd Rosiak of the Journal Sentinel, the A’s plan to insert the 29-year old right into their starting rotation.

Rosiak also noted that Mills’ contract with the Brewers called for the team to receive zero compensation if he ended up being assigned to another team’s 25-man roster, so it’s strange that the A’s even parted with $1.

As anyone who has seen the movie “Moneyball” or is familiar with Beane’s story can tell you, this is the exact type of low-risk, high-reward situation he loves to be a part of. Mills is 3-3 with a 7.76 ERA in 15 career MLB games. The A’s are hoping they get the Mills that lit up Triple-A rather than the one who has struggled in the majors.

H/T SI Wire via SI Hot Clicks

Baby drinks a beer during Oakland A’s playoff celebration


The Oakland A’s clinched the AL West division title on Sunday with a win over the Minnesota Twins and a Texas Rangers loss to the Kansas City Royals. After the game, the players, coaches, team executives and their families took a beer and champagne shower like every other team who wins a pennant. But was there underage drinking involved?

If you look closely at the screenshot above that Deadspin passed along, you’ll see a young man in the background sipping a Bud Light. I’m not a very good judge of age just by looking at a person, but that dude can’t be 21. Could he? Whatever, let the man enjoy his beer. Everybody was doing it.

Oakland A’s to give away Coco Crisp ‘Bernie Lean’ bobblehead dolls (Picture)

Coco-Crisp-AsLast season, the Okland A’s rode their laid-back style all the way to an AL West division title and their first playoff appearance since 2006. No team in the league appeared to have more fun down the stretch than the A’s, and it’s one of the main reasons their young roster was able to find so much success.

During their improbable run, Coco Crisp introduced the “Bernie Lean” to his A’s teammates. As you likely know, the “Bernie Lean” is a dance that started from the movie “Weekend at Bernie’s.” There have been several YouTube videos featuring people doing the bizarre dance and the A’s even made their own video with it. Now, there is a bobblehead version of the dance. The A’s plan to give these bad boys away to their first 10,000 fans before their game on June 29.

I guess that’s more of a bobblebody than a bobblehead, but either way I’m a fan. In an era where teams give away bobbleheads of players that aren’t on their team anymore and can’t even manage to accurately depict their own pitchers, it’s refreshing to see a new idea. I give the A’s an A (see what I did there?) for creativity.

H/T Deadspin

Hiroyuki Nakajima signed with A’s because Billy Beane is ‘sexy and cool’

Hiroyuki-Nakajima-oaklandThe Oakland A’s didn’t just get a shortstop when they signed Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima, they also got a comedian.

Nakajima was introduced by the A’s on Tuesday, and the shortstop was full of jokes (either that or he has one clever interpreter). Nakajima busted up the room when he was asked why he signed with the A’s and said, “Billy Beane is extremely sexy and cool.”

Sounds like somebody saw “Moneyball” where Beane was played by actor Brad Pitt.

Nakajima had another funny line when asked about the adjustment he would have to make coming from Japan to the US: