Archive for the ‘Oakland Athletics’ Category

San Francisco Giants v San Diego Padres

I had the most magical dream. It involved Tim Lincecum and Hunter Pence and there was a no-hitter and Buster and Timmy actually weren’t fighting anymore, and the Giants scored 24 runs in a four-game series and that is how I know it never actually happened.

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St Louis Cardinals v Oakland Athletics

This was a tough week to pick a single Play of the Week. There were a litany of dramatic games and huge play, all serving to make the upcoming All-Star break even crueler. I almost certainly would have picked Carlos Gomez‘s game-winning catch off Joey Votto on Monday, but I already talked about the joy and amazement of watching Gomez in this column.

I could have chosen any number of plays from Tim Lincecum‘s no-hitter on Saturday — probably this, from Hunter Pence, or maybe this one, from Pablo Sandoval, but Drew already covered that game here.

Instead, I’d like to highlight how one of the league’s best players over the past year or so capped off his first half:

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New York Mets v San Francisco Giants

You’ll have to forgive me if much of what follows is bleary and nonsensical, but I was up until 2AM watching the Giants out-Met the Mets last night.

But the week that was did have some other high- and lowlights, so let’s get right to it. No-hitters! Batting out-of-order! All-Star snubs! Oh my.

The Week That Was

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SAIL-AMERICAS-CUP

(Ed. Note: With Riley on tour for the next few weeks, we tapped his partner at Productive Outs Ian Miller to fill-in and offer his take on the other simmering regional battle in California: the fight for the Bay between the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland A’s. Ian is a Giants fan living in Oakland so you know he’ll give us the goods. Follow Ian on twitter and Productive Outs, too.)

HELLO CANADA. I BID YOU A BELATED HAPPY CANADA DAY.

I’d actually never heard of Canada Day before this week, but I suspect it’s a lot like our (the U.S. of A’s) Independence Day. So I hope you enjoyed your day-drinking, fireworks exhibitions, and poor decision-making.

I’m thrilled to be pinch-hitting for Riley while he’s out doing rock n’ roll things. Given my strategic location in Oakland, California, just three miles from the O.co Coliseum or whatever they’re calling that place these days, I’ll be delivering hard-hitting reportage on the Battle of the Bay, with unique insights on the inner workings of the Athletics and the Giants.

Nah, just kidding. Mostly I’ll be making cheap, tangentially baseball-related jokes and trying to make you laugh.

Let’s get started.

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Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

The ongoing legal action between the city of San Jose and Major League Baseball is well beyond the pay grade of your average Getting Blanked editor, so we enlisted the help of Fraser MacKinnon Blair (@fmblair on Twitter) to help us wade through the legalese and make sense of the what’s going on by the Bay. Learn and enjoy! 

In a somewhat surprising twist, the City of San Jose has sued Major League Baseball and Commissioner Bud Selig in relation to the contentious issue of franchise territorial rights in Northern California.

The suit, filed on Monday, alleges that the defendants have violated Federal and State anti-trust laws, have illegally interfered with the City’s contractual and economic relations with the Oakland Athletics and engaged in unfair competitive practices.

The City of San Jose has been trying to lure the A’s to the Capital of Silicon Valley for quite some time. Apparently frustrated with the way that MLB handles franchise relocation, the City has decided that litigation is its best option.

They make a pretty complicated set of allegations, and I’ll try and simplify the arguments as much as possible. To do that, lets analyze each of the claims separately.

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There is nothing about this video that isn’t tremendous. A young boy in Kansas City, stricken with a rare blood disease which makes taking in live baseball games difficult. Big Data, stepping up in an attempt to do a good thing and score some good PR. And, most importantly, the words “telerobotic” appearing on MLB.com and, now, Getting Blanked.

The A’s and reliever Ryan Cook teamed with Google to provide Nick LeGrande the chance to throw out the first pitch in Oakland before an A’s/Yankees game…from his home in Kansas City.

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Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics announced they have activated outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the 15-day disabled list and to make room on the roster, have designated Casper Wells for assignment.

Cespedes, who has been out with a strained muscle in his hand, started the season with a slash line of just .200/.298/.450 in 11 games.

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