Here is a link to my Friday column about Eric Sogard. The full text appears below: PHOENIX — This is about a special face. This is about the Face of Baseball, or Face of MLB, as Major League Baseball is calling its contest open to fan voting on Twitter. This is about the face of A’s second baseman Eric Sogard. Sogard currently is in first place in the MLB Face faceoff with 51 percent of the vote. Mets’ third baseman… Read More »
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Here is a link to my Monday column about Bob Melvin. The full text runs below: PHOENIX — The Bay Area has two superstar sports managers/coaches. Name them. Bruce Bochy and Jim Harbaugh. No argument allowed in either case. Bochy has won two World Series and will enter the Hall of Fame after he retires. And Harbaugh turned the 49ers from nothing into, once again, the most significant sports franchise in Northern California, perhaps in all of California. Superstars. There… Read More »
Here is a link to my Friday column about Scott Kazmir. The full text appears below: PHOENIX — One day Scott Kazmir forgot how to pitch. His rise and fall and potential re-rise are important to you. In the offseason, the A’s signed him for two years at $22 million total. And they think — well hope — he can maybe, sort of be their ace. Kazmir, a lefty, made his major-league debut for Tampa Bay in 2004 when he… Read More »
Here is a link to my Oakland A’s preview. The full column runs below: The A’s have won back-to-back American League West titles. They are a good team that’s probably getting better. They have a young roster, an inexpensive roster that plays with passion. They platoon players all over the place and sometimes it’s impossible to predict who’s on first — literally. For an excellent team, their roster can seem somewhat anonymous because people come and go so quickly around… Read More »
Here is a link to my Saturday column about Coco Crisp. The full column appears below: OAKLAND — Coco Crisp wasn’t included in the printed list of attendees at Oakland A’s Media Day on Friday. Then he showed up. Between the printing of the list and the actual event, he had signed a two-year extension worth more than $22 million, and that kind of green makes a man glad to wear the green and gold and to do something extra… Read More »
The A’s host their media day this afternoon. I will attend. I’m looking at their roster and I’m struck by how many famous players the Giants have while the A’s roster is less well known, but maybe better. That includes pitching. Interesting.
Here is a link to my Thursday column about Game 4 between the A’s and Tigers. The full text appears below: DETROIT Of course, the A’s blew the golden opportunity. Of course, they had Game 4 won, leading the Tigers 3-0 after 4 innings, starting pitcher Dan Straily throwing a no-hitter through four, cruising, gliding, styling. The game actually was boring, the A’s doing the same old thing, just dominating the helpless Tigers. And then, well, you know what happened.… Read More »
There’s buzz going around the reason Bob Melvin didn’t discuss his Game 5 starter, if there is a Game 5, is because it may be Sonny Gray instead of Bartolo Colon. But as I say, that’s buzz which is not the same as news. Melvin never said it.
They just had the pregame media interviews. One writer asked Bob Melvin if Bartolo Colon will start Game 5 if there is a Game 5. Melvin shot back in his chair like someone blasted him in the gut with a Smith and Wesson .38. He looked horrified like Dracula after Dr. Van Helsing whipped out that cross. I mean everyone knows Colon would start a Game 5. But Melvin is so superstitious he won’t even talk about it. It’s a… Read More »
It’s an hour before Game 3 between the A’s and Tigers. Downtown Detroit is overcast, in the 60s, the sky ominous. Jarrod Parker pitches for the A’s. He is a good pitcher who has not pitched well against Detroit. On the other hand, the Tigers have not hit at all in this series, have scored no runs since Bartolo Colon gave up three in the first inning of Game 1. Miguel Cabrera looks injured, shows no power. The A’s can… Read More »