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Stephen Piscotty thankful to play with A's near ailing mom

Fri, 2017-12-15 15:37

For now, Gretchen Piscotty can still comfortably attend her son's big league baseball games seven months after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease, and it is suddenly going to be far easier for her to do so. Stephen Piscotty got traded from St. Louis to the A's on Thursday during the final day of the winter meetings, bringing him home to play for the very team he grew up cheering. General manager David Forst told Piscotty that when they spoke after the trade was finalized.

Athletics hire their first female scouting coordinator

Thu, 2017-12-14 12:53

The Athletics front office is becoming more diverse. The Oakland Athletics have welcomed someone new to their baseball operations team, and it might be a little bit surprising. Susan Slusser at the San Francisco Chronicle reported that they’ve hired Haley Alvarez to be their scouting coordinator, making her the first woman to ever hold that position in the Athletics organization.

Thanks to a Cardinals trade, Stephen Piscotty can now be closer to his ailing mom

Thu, 2017-12-14 10:54

Stephen Piscotty was traded to the Athletics, and can now be closer to his ailing mother. Baseball is a business, but it’s not always cold and unfeeling. On Wednesday, the St. Louis Cardinals traded outfielder Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland Athletics. After the Cards traded for Marcell Ozuna, Piscotty was the odd man out.

Cardinals Trade Stephen Piscotty to A's, Where He'll Be Close to Mother With ALS

Thu, 2017-12-14 10:13

The Cardinals acquired Marcell Ozuna from the fire-selling Marlins in a trade on Wednesday, a deal essentially forced St. Louis to trade an outfielder to carve out an everyday spot for Ozuna. Stephen Piscotty, a 26-year-old from Pleasanton, Calif., was the outfielder the front office decided to move. St. Louis traded Piscotty, who hit nine homers and drove in 39 runs in 107 games last year, to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for two minor league prospects.

Piscotty dealt to A's after mother diagnosed with ALS

Thu, 2017-12-14 09:13

Stephen Piscotty has been traded by the St. Louis Cardinals to the Oakland Athletics for two infield prospects, allowing the outfielder to be near his family's home in Pleasanton, California, following his mother's diagnosis with Lou Gehrig's disease. Gretchen Piscotty was diagnosed in May with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a disease that attacks nerve cells. St. Louis receives Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock in the deal announced Thursday.

Cardinals continue to be aggressive, deal Stephen Piscotty to A's

Wed, 2017-12-13 21:09

Stephen Piscotty will look to get things back on track with the Athletics. The St. Louis Cardinals are trying to cram their entire offseason into one day. The team continued making moves Wednesday, dealing outfielder Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland Athletics.

Bruce Maxwell expected to avoid jail time after arrest on gun charges

Tue, 2017-12-12 16:48

A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell expected to avoid jail time following arrest after allegedly pointing gun at delivery person. Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell is not expected to serve any jail time stemming from his Oct. 28 arrest in Arizona, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Tuesday. If that holds true, the A’s expect Maxwell, who made headlines when he became the first MLB player to kneel in protest during the national anthem, to be their primary catcher for the 2018 season.

A's distance themselves from Jose Canseco after sexual misconduct tweet

Tue, 2017-12-12 15:39

Jose Canseco issued an awful take about sexual assault on Twitter. (AP Photo) We already have plenty of evidence that José Canseco’s Twitter feed is a toxic waste pile. He’s posted dumb takes about science and once claimed he shot off a finger. But he

MLB Rumors: Mets Willing to Trade Matt Harvey

Mon, 2017-12-11 03:05

It has been a slow free agency period so far, but things are expected to pick up once the winter meetings take place this week in Orlando, Fla. The biggest blockbuster in years is expected to be completed during the meeting as the New York Yankees await word on the finalizing of a trade to send National League Most Valuable Player Giancarlo Stanton to the Bronx. • The Boston Red Sox have let several teams know that Jackie Bradley Jr. is available.

A's waste no time trolling Giants after Giancarlo Stanton trade rejection

Fri, 2017-12-08 19:01

Giancarlo Stanton rejecting the Giants trade opened the door for the A’s to land a jab. Unlike 28 years ago, when the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s met in the 1989 World Series, the bay area rivalry doesn’t get much national attention these days. Not with the Giants having won three World Series championships in the last eight years, while the A’s remain a small market team that’s stuck in the mud.

Nashville? Portland? A's relocation an option after Peralta site pulled

Wed, 2017-12-06 16:28

The A's, whose covetous eyes had turned to Laney College as their preferred site for a new ballpark, were rebuffed by the Peralta college board officials, who don't even want to discuss the matter. The team has expressed a disinterest in continuing at the Coliseum site and go room temperature-cold at any mention of Howard Terminal, so to be told to pound salt by the people who control their preferred site brings to mind some quiet whispers from a month ago that went nowhere at the time. Namely, that principal owner John Fisher might offer the team up for sale, with relocation an option.

Oakland A's hit another major roadblock in quest for new stadium

Wed, 2017-12-06 11:26

The A’s hit a major snag in their plans to build a new stadium in Oakland. It seemed like the Oakland Athletics were heading in the right direction in their all-too-long quest for a new stadium and then Wednesday they hit a huge roadblock. It was in Oakland, a 13-acre plot of land near Laney College that was minutes from downtown Oakland.

The Oakland Athletics are told to look for a new stadium site

Wed, 2017-12-06 10:15

Back in September the San Francisco Chronicle reported that the Oakland Athletics had settled on a location for their proposed new ballpark: the site near Laney College on a piece of land owned by Peralta Community College. The site is close to downtown Oakland between Interstate 880 and Lake Merritt and is near a BART station, so it ticked off almost all of the wishes on the A’s list. Today the owners of the land — Peralta Community College — told the A’s to look elsewhere.

Reliever Petit agrees to $10 million, 2-year deal with A's

Thu, 2017-11-30 12:19

Versatile right-hander Yusmeiro Petit has agreed to a $10 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics, a deal that is pending a physical. His agent, Rafael Godoy, confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Thursday. Godoy said by phone he was working to schedule a physical with the A's for next week. The 33-year-old reliever is at home in Venezuela and plans to travel to Argentina this weekend. Petit would earn $3.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2019, and the contract includes a $5.5 million for 2020 with a $1 million buyout He will return to pitch in the Bay Area after spending the 2012-15 seasons across the bay with the San Francisco Giants, helping them win World Series

Following the 'Moneyball' model to unearth talent

Mon, 2017-11-27 07:00

Beane was a trailblazer with his unconventional data metrics that flew in the face of baseball wisdom, and sparked a trend for in-depth statistical and data analysis. Football was one of the sports that took notice.

What they're saying: Happy Thanksgiving 2017

Thu, 2017-11-23 10:44

Bay Area sports teams and your favorite players have plenty to be thankful for this year. Check out how the teams and players are celebrating Thanksgiving in 2017.We're thankful for the most passionate & dedicated fans in sports - Happy Thanksgiving,

22. Oakland A’s

Mon, 2017-11-20 20:05

Matt Olson obliterated AL pitching in his truncated rookie season, smashing 24 home runs and slugging .651 in 59 games. Fellow rookie Matt Chapman combined extra-base pop with a slick glove at third base, and could be another building block.

MLB and New Era unveil new lightweight spring training caps

Mon, 2017-11-20 09:30

MLB and New Era got together to create some new spring caps. Major League Baseball players will look stylish under the Arizona sun next year. The league has teamed up with New Era to unveil some new lightweight spring training and batting practice caps to be worn next season.

Friday's Sports In Brief

Sat, 2017-11-18 00:10

Danica Patrick broke down in tears as she announced she will retire from full-time racing next year after running the Daytona 500 and then the Indianapolis 500, closing her career at the storied track that made her famous. Patrick told The Associated Press it took her many months to come to the realization her career is all but over. Once she accepted it, the idea of ending her career at Indianapolis Motor Speedway popped into her head.

A's hire Matt Williams as 3rd base coach

Fri, 2017-11-17 15:53

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics have hired former San Francisco Giants star Matt Williams as their new third base coach. The A's announced Friday that Williams will join manager Bob Melvin's staff. Melvin was a coach in Arizona for two seasons