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Pitchers and catchers report in 111 days: Athletics announce 2015 spring training schedule

Pitchers and catchers report in 111 days: Athletics announce 2015 spring training schedule

The Athletics will open their spring schedule at Hohokam Stadium on March 3 against the San Francisco Giants. Pitchers and catchers will report for spring training on February 19, with other players reporting on February 24. The Athletics open the spring schedule against the San Francisco Giants on March 3 at 12:05 PM Pacific Standard Time/1:05 PM Mountain Standard Time at their new home in Mesa, Arizona, a renovated 10,000-seat Hohokam Stadium. The A's signed a 20-year agreement with the City of Mesa to train there beginning in 2015. Ticket prices for spring games will be dynamically...

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Gregor Blanco homer opens game, Royals battle back

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Kauffman Stadium Gregor Blanco homered to lead off Game 2 – the 19th leadoff homer in World Series history, and the first by a Giants player.  It came on a 3-2 pitch from Yordano Ventura, a 98 mph fastball. Ventura settled down after that, retiring the next three batters, and the Royals evened the score in the bottom of the inning. Lorenzo Cain doubled to left center with one out, Jake Peavy walked Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler delivered an RBI single to left center. In Game 1, the Giants jumped ahead 3-0 in the first inning and cruised from...
Oakland Tribune Oct 22, 2014

New investor named for Oakland's Coliseum City

Floyd Kephart, who heads a firm that advises major investment funds, is leading a new investment team that is seeking to build a new stadium for the Raiders in Oakland.
Oakland Tribune Oct 21, 2014

Networks encourage fans to watch their competitors

Please watch another channel. That encouragement is popping up more and more during sports broadcasts. Viewers tuning into the National League Championship Series on Fox Sports 1 saw an ad behind the batter promoting the ALCS on TBS, and vice versa. Sure, they're helping the competition, network executives say. They also believe they're helping themselves.

Dave Magadan doesn’t get Yankees’ job, might be A’s top choice

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at Kauffman Stadium Onetime A’s player Dave Magadan was a finalist for the Yankees’ hitting job, but he told me today that he did not get that position with the Yankees and is “looking elsewhere.” That makes Magadan a frontrunner for Oakland’s open hitting job; Chili Davis accepted the Red Sox’s position yesterday, leaving the A’s with a vacancy. Magadan told me he has “had some conversations” with A’s general manager Billy Beane. The Mets also have talked to Magadan, and he could opt to remain in his current job with Texas – the...
Chili looking forward to life in Boston with Cespedes, but he’s confident A’s offense will be productive again in 2014

Chili looking forward to life in Boston with Cespedes, but he’s confident A’s offense will be productive again in 2014

Outgoing batting coach Chili Davis said the A’s made a good effort to try and keep him in the organization, but when Oakland couldn’t go to three years on a contract the way Boston did, that started him on the… Continue Reading →

Chili Davis goes to Red Sox, A’s seek hitting coach

A’s hitting coach Chili Davis, left, during 2014 A’s spring training. (Michael Macor/The Chronicle) With Chili Davis heading to Boston to become the Red Sox’s new hitting coach as reported by WEEI Boston, the A’s are likely to target Angels’ assistant hitting coach Dave Hansen, sources tell The Chronicle. There is a chance, however that the Angels will promote Hansen to the primary hitting coach position should Don Baylor, who has had some health issues, opt for a different spot on the Angels staff. Also on Oakland’s list: Dave Magadan, the onetime A’s player. Magadan has been...
With Chili heading to Red Sox, A’s have 2 open coaching slots

With Chili heading to Red Sox, A’s have 2 open coaching slots

The A’s will have to make room for two new coaches heading into 2015 with Chili Davis having agreed to move to the Boston Red Sox Sunday as the new batting coach. The A’s had already lost their bench coach… Continue Reading →
A’s behind some of Royals’ success heading to World Series

A’s behind some of Royals’ success heading to World Series

Why is Kansas City the team that’s waiting for the San Francisco Giants in the World Series? You can blame it on (or thank, depending on how you feel about it) the Oakland A’s. So says Don Wakamatsu, the former… Continue Reading →
Oakland Tribune Oct 18, 2014

Oakland: New investor on board for Coliseum City

The Oakland City Council on Tuesday will discuss extending negotiations with a development team that has brought aboard in new investor who will take the lead in trying to build new sports stadiums at the site of O.Co Coliseum and the Oracle Arena.

Chili Davis interviews with Yankees, Red Sox next

From Chronicle Staff Writer Susan Slusser at AT&T Park It’s pretty safe to assume the A’s will be looking for a new hitting coach soon: Chili Davis interviewed for the Yankees’ open spot today, he tells me, and he’s heading to Boston tomorrow to interview with the Red Sox. Davis, of course, played for the Yankees, and he seems as if he would be an excellent fit there. He was Boston’s Triple-A hitting coach before coming to Oakland before the 2012 season. Needless to say, the two behemoths of the AL East typically pay their coaches more than other teams do, and it’s very unlikely...
Oakland Tribune Oct 15, 2014

A's Vogt recuperating from foot surgery

Oakland A's catcher Stephen Vogt is scheduled for a post-surgery checkup Thursday, then will fly back from Los Angeles to Washington state to begin six to eight weeks of recovery; Vogt had Dr. Kenneth Jung repair the plantar plates in his right foot Tuesday.
Foot surgery a success, Vogt looks to recover by December

Foot surgery a success, Vogt looks to recover by December

A’s catcher Stephen Vogt is scheduled for a post-surgery checkup Thursday, then will fly back from Los Angeles to Washington State to begin six-to-eight weeks of recovery. Vogt had Dr. Kenneth Jung repair the plantar plates in his right foot… Continue Reading →

Rangers interested in Chili Davis

The Texas Rangers are preparing for possible changes within the coaching staff and have expressed interest in Oakland Athletics hitting coach Chili Davis. The Rangers have yet to interview Davis because their own hitting coach, Dave Magadan, is still under contract. But Rangers officials have told the coaching staff to seek other jobs until a manager is hired. Davis has spent the last three seasons with the Athletics and there is competition for his services.
Oakland Tribune Oct 14, 2014

A's hitting coach Chili Davis is candidate for same job with Yankees

New York Yankees are looking for a new batting coach, and Chili Davis of the Oakland A's will interview for the position.

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