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AL West preview: Astros are still the favorites

Zack Greinke effectively replaces Gerrit Cole in the rotation | Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images

Offseason moves, 60-man player pool, and season outlook

The 2020 MLB season is just two weeks away from finally starting, coronavirus pandemic willing. The offseason feels like it was years ago, so let’s remind ourselves of what the competition looks like.

The Oakland A’s will only face nine different teams in their abbreviated schedule, with two-thirds of them coming...

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AL West preview: Rangers lurk on fringes of contention

It would only take a Minor miracle for Texas to be in the wild card race | Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Offseason moves, 60-man player pool, and season outlook

The 2020 MLB season is just two weeks away from finally starting, coronavirus pandemic willing. The offseason feels like it was years ago, so let’s remind ourselves of what the competition looks like.

The Oakland A’s will only face nine different teams in their abbreviated schedule, with two-thirds of them coming against...

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A’s trivia: Hall of Famers

Free answer! | Photo by MediaNews Group/Bay Area News via Getty Images

Can you name the 37 Hall of Famers who played for the A’s?

The 2020 MLB season is on the way, but we’ve still got nearly two weeks to wait for Opening Day. In the meantime, let’s play some trivia!

The A’s franchise has seen a lot of big names come through town, from their origins in Philadelphia, to their pit stop in Kansas City, and on to their current home in Oakland. Some of those superstars stuck around for...

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Buster Posey latest MLB star to opt out of 2020 season

Peace out, says Buster | Photo by Jordan Murph/MLB Photos via Getty Images

A dozen players have now chosen to sit out

Two more players opted out of the 2020 MLB season on Friday, amid the coronavirus pandemic: San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey, and Chicago White Sox rookie pitcher Michael Kopech. Posey announced his decision in a Zoom call with reporters, and Kopech’s news was given via a team press release, per insider Scott Merkin.

These latest opt-outs now bring the...

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Marlins Add Santiago Chavez To Player Pool

The Marlins announced this morning that they’ve added catcher Santiago Chavez to their 60-man player pool and placed catcher Will Banfield on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to July 6).

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Elephant Rumblings: A’s choose San Jose as alternate training camp site

2019 1st-round draft pick, SS Logan Davidson | Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images

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One of the lingering loose ends of the Oakland A’s summer appears to finally be tied up. The A’s will hold their 2020 alternate training camp at San Jose Municipal Stadium, now known as Excite Ballpark, reports John Hickey of Sports Illustrated, and confirmed by Bill Moriarity of Athletics Farm.

With no minor league season this year,...

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AL West preview: Angels are a true wild card

What will Ohtani be — an ace pitcher and star slugger, or another member of the IL? | Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Offseason moves, 60-man player pool, and season outlook

The 2020 MLB season is just two weeks away from finally starting, coronavirus pandemic willing. The offseason feels like it was years ago, so let’s remind ourselves of what the competition looks like.

The Oakland A’s will only face nine different teams in their abbreviated schedule, with two-thirds of...

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Alex Hall

AL West preview: Mariners are rebuilding

Marco Gonzales led the Mariners in WAR last season | Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Offseason moves, 60-man player pool, and season outlook

The 2020 MLB season is just two weeks away from finally starting, coronavirus pandemic willing. The offseason feels like it was years ago, so let’s remind ourselves of what the competition looks like.

The Oakland A’s will only face nine different teams in their abbreviated schedule, with two-thirds of them coming against their four AL West...

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Alex Hall

A’s release 2021 schedule

Assuming pro sports are back to normal by next spring

We’re still waiting for the beginning of the 2020 MLB season, which has been delayed for four months by the coronavirus pandemic, but we already have an idea of what next year might look like. The Oakland A’s released their 2021 schedule on Thursday.

Looking forward to a hopeful return to normalcy, there are 162 games listed. Opening Day is April 1 at home against the Houston Astros, which is a few days later than the 2020 season had...

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A’s Summer Camp: Mike Fiers cat-tail face masks

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The cat came back

Last year, Mike Fiers offered the world a gift. On Sept. 14, 2019, he took the mound for the Oakland A’s wearing one of the most wonderful, unique, awful, amazing, terrible beards in sports history. Unfortunately he left in the 2nd inning with a minor injury (hyperextended sense of style? a fever from looking too hot?), but that was long enough for it to enter the record books forever.

The cat-tail beard was a work of art, and you can see...

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Elephant Rumblings: Should teams bunt with new extra inning rules?

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The 2020 MLB season will bring lots of changes, as the sport adapts to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. One of those new realities involves extra innings, where the rules will be fundamentally different than normal.

Starting in the 10th inning, teams will begin each frame with a free runner on second base, in an effort to spur the action, avoid marathon games, and get...

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Bruce Maxwell: 'I got pushed out of the game because I took a knee'

In 2017, Bruce Maxwell became the only MLB player to kneel during the national anthem. It was a decision that was widely dismissed around the league.

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Austin Beck and Lazaro Armenteros are notable absences from A’s player pool

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The A’s invited 17 of their top 19 prospects, but left out this pair of high-profile outfielders

With no minor league season in 2020, teams around the league have used portions of their 60-man player pools to bring some top prospects to their alternate training camps. Even for youngsters with no chance of reaching MLB this year, this serves as an opportunity to continue their development while working...

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Athletics players wear hilarious Mike Fiers-themed facemasks during workout

Several A’s players wore custom facemasks that emulated the bizarre facial hair pitcher Mike Fiers donned last September.

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A’s-Angels rivalry is mutual, but with room to grow

The managers then had a pregame thumb wrestle, with the loser receiving a wet willy. | Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/Getty Images

Both fan bases consider each other their top rivals, even without much high-stakes history yet

The Oakland A’s have enjoyed rivalries with many AL teams over the years. They’ve battled for their division or a wild card with various foes, and seen eight different AL opponents in the playoffs. There’s no shortage of history all around the...

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Elephant Rumblings: San Jose a possibility for A’s alternate training camp

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Now that the Oakland A’s full squad is cleared to work out at the Coliseum, after completing initial screening tests for coronavirus, the next question is where to locate the alternate training site for their minor leaguers.

In 2020, with no minor league season for their reserves and prospects to play in, each team gets an alternate site where those backups can stay warm. The A’s were...

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Jesus Luzardo tests positive for coronavirus

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First A’s player to announce positive test so far

As part of their intake screening process for 2020 preseason training, MLB tested thousands of players and personnel for coronavirus over the last week-plus. The Oakland A’s received their final results Monday evening, and so far one player has announced a positive test: rookie pitcher Jesus Luzardo, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle.

As part of the league’s protocol, a player who tests...

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Promising young A's lefty Jesus Luzardo tests positive for COVID-19

The 22-year-old Luzardo is widely considered to be among the five best pitching prospects in all of baseball and is expected to play a key role in the Oakland rotation both this year and for the foreseeable future.

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A's budding star Jesus Luzardo reportedly has COVID-19, will self-isolate for 14 days

Jesus Luzardo's positive test is just the latest in a series of events that have cast major doubt on MLB's ability to keep players safe from COVID-19.

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Oakland A’s schedule announced, but does it even matter?

On Monday, Major League Baseball announced the schedules for every team, including the Oakland A’s. But does it really matter? Well, the expected announcement has been made.

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