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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Future of A’s and Raiders, sort of

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the A’s stadium deal. The full text runs below: Today, the Alameda Board of Supervisors meets to vote on the proposed 10-year lease for the Oakland A’s at the O.co Coliseum. Everyone expects the vote to be a slam-dunk approval — and pardon the mixing of sports metaphors. There are no slam dunks in baseball, but there will be a slam dunk on this vote. But in sports, as in life, things never… Read More »

A’s vs. Giants

I find it interesting that the A’s, who have the best record in baseball, are adding two big-time pitchers to make the team even better, and the Giants, who are doing a fast fade, so far have done nothing.

I humbly disagree with Bob Melvin

Here is a link to my Sunday column. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — I thought Bob Melvin blew it after the top of the eighth inning against the Red Sox on Saturday, a game the A’s won 2-1 in 10. Melvin got thrown out of the game. For no good reason. I wrote what I just wrote with trepidation. Melvin is one of the top managers in baseball. He is a certified great guy. I happily certify his… Read More »

The A’s, Raiders and Oakland

Here is a link to my Sunday story about the future of the Raiders and A’s in Oakland. This story is a long one — it’s my War and Peace without the battles. The full text runs below: When Lew Wolff thinks about a new ballpark for the Oakland A’s, he imagines something intimate. In his mind’s eye, he sees a small, cozy, state-of-the-art yard with all the modern amenities — much like AT&T Park, the gorgeous home of the… Read More »

Is Sonny Gray an ace?

Here is a link to my Monday column about Sonny Gray. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — Sonny Gray, who may or may not be the A’s staff ace, beat the Angels on Sunday and that made his record 6-1 — superb — and that made his earned run average 2.45 — ditto on superb. Because he won, the A’s swept the Angels and increased their lead over the Anaheims to 4 games. Gray was sometimes overpowering and, when… Read More »

Kazmir wins first A’s start

Here is a link to my column about Scott Kazmir’s first start for the A’s. The full column runs below: OAKLAND Once upon a time, Scott Kazmir forgot how to pitch. On Wednesday — we’re talking the first game of a day-night doubleheader — he pitched for the Oakland A’s, made his first start after the A’s signed him in the offseason for two years at a cool $22 million. The issue facing Kazmir was simple. Would he be the… Read More »

A’s lose opener

Here is a link to my column about the A’s home opener. The full column runs below: OAKLAND — Opening night is special in baseball. In fact, it’s baseball’s specialty — opening night or opening day. Every other sport has a mere first game. Baseball has opening night. Nothing mere about that. You think of opening a book, or opening a Broadway play, or opening a new chapter of baseball. You think of openings and not closings, and you get… Read More »

Eric Sogard the face of baseball

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 »

Bob Melvin, emerging superstar

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 »