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At Rickwood, Reggie Jackson Describes Enduring Racism

Hall of Famer, MLB visited longtime home of Negro Leagues team

(Newser) - Major League Baseball made a celebratory visit to Rickwood Field in Alabama on Thursday night that included a Giants-Cardinals game and festivities honoring the Negro Leagues, whose Birmingham Black Barons long played there, and the late Willie Mays . Fox Sports broadcasters interviewed a series of former players, the Washington Post ...

For Several Years, Oakland A's Will Play in Minor League Park

Team rejects Oakland extension, will wait in West Sacramento for Las Vegas stadium to be built

(Newser) - The Athletics will leave Oakland after this season and play at a minor league park near Sacramento until their planned new stadium in Las Vegas is built. The A's announced the decision to play at the home of the Sacramento River Cats from 2025 through 2027 with an option...

A's Ballpark Renderings Might Look Familiar

Design resembling Sydney Opera House destined for the Las Vegas Strip

(Newser) - The Oakland Athletics and their design teams released renderings Tuesday of the club's planned $1.5 billion stadium in Las Vegas that show five overlapping layers with a similar look to the famous Sydney Opera House, per the AP . The A's hope to move into that 33,000-seat...

A's Owner: We 'Did Everything We Could' to Stay

Team's move to Las Vegas approved by MLB owners

(Newser) - One of Rob Manfred's first trips after his election as baseball commissioner nine years ago was to Oakland to consult with Athletics owner John Fisher on attempts to keep the team in the Bay Area. Unable together to make that work, the A's will instead move to Las...

A's Pitcher Takes Parting Shot at Owner: 'Sell the Team, Dude'

Oakland Athletics' Trevor May rails against John Fisher while announcing retirement

(Newser) - Trevor May informed the world that he was retiring from Major League Baseball on Monday, but not before taking a parting shot at the owner of his team. Per USA Today , the 34-year-old relief pitcher for the Oakland Athletics made his announcement in a Twitch video , and while he had...

Fans Cheer A's but Not Owner
Team Returns to Unhappy Fans

Team Returns to Unhappy Fans

Crowd cheers A's but not their owner

(Newser) - Just 6,423 fans showed up for the Athletics' first home game since announcing a deal for land to build a ballpark in Las Vegas, many chanting "Sell the team!" and "Stay in Oakland!" during an 11-7 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night. "...

Oakland Fans Have 'One of the Saddest Days'

One player says he appreciated the quality of the crowd

(Newser) - Four times, the Oakland A's won the World Series, per the Wall Street Journal . The team included some of the biggest stars and most colorful personalities—especially in those uniforms—in baseball, including Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Mark McGwire, Dennis Eckersley, and Jose Canseco. The A's have announced...

The $1.2M Rent? Oakland A's Aren't Paying It

Team says it can't use venue due to shelter-in-place order

(Newser) - The Oakland Athletics have so far refused to pay the $1.2 million annual rent due April 1 for use of its city and county-owned ball park. Henry Gardner, interim head of the Coliseum Authority, tells the East Bay Times the Athletics "said because they haven't used [the...

Heisman Winner Plans to Turn Pro—in Different Sport

Kyler Murray will be at spring training for the Oakland A's

(Newser) - Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won the Heisman Trophy Saturday after a stellar year: 4,053 yards, 40 touchdowns, a 12-1 record, and a playoff berth for the Sooners. But maybe the most remarkable nugget of all: He was drafted by baseball's Oakland A's earlier this year—he went...

A's Pitcher Still in Danger After Line Drive Hits Him

Brandon McCarthy had brain surgery this week

(Newser) - The Oakland A's are in the thick of a playoff race, but players have a way more pressing situation to keep an eye on: A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy is in the hospital recovering from brain surgery after getting hit on the head by a line drive Wednesday. McCarthy...

Cy Young Winner Bartolo Colon Caught Doping

A's pitcher suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone

(Newser) - Former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended for 50 games today after testing positive for testosterone. Major League Baseball made the announcement one week after All-Star game MVP Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants received a 50-game suspension following a positive test for...

Movie Review Roundup: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill Star in 'Moneyball'
 Hits It Out 
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Moneyball Hits It Out of the Park

Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill star in baseball flick

(Newser) - Moneyball is a big hit with critics, even if its premise—a film about baseball statistics—might sound boring at first. Here’s what they say about the film, which stars Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill:
  • Built on a "sharp, sleek script," Moneyball "takes all this seemingly

Dallas Braden Pitches Perfect Game for A's

Oakland ace tosses majors' 19th perfecto

(Newser) - Dallas Braden pitched the Athletics' first perfect game in 42 years and just the 19th in major league history today, dazzling the majors' hottest team in recording a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Oakland. Braden threw his arms in the air after Gabe Kapler grounded out to...

Yankees Pull Off Triple Play
 Yankees Pull Off Triple Play 

Yankees Pull Off Triple Play

It's teams first in more than 60 years

(Newser) - The Yankees lost last night, but not before pulling off one of the rarer feats in baseball: the triple play. With two men on and nobody out in the sixth, Kurt Suzuki hit a grounder to Alex Rodriguez, who coolly stepped on the bag and fired it to second, where...

Top Prospect Quits Baseball for Priesthood
Top Prospect Quits Baseball for Priesthood

Top Prospect Quits Baseball for Priesthood

Longtime scout's take on Grant Desme: 'Oh my God! Holy smokes!'

(Newser) - One of the top outfield prospects in the Oakland Athletics organization is giving up his shot at fame and fortune to enter the Catholic priesthood—a decision that got this reaction from one longtime scout: “Oh my God! Holy smokes!” “Baseball is a good thing, but that...

Tejada Charged With Lying in Steroid Probe

(Newser) - Houston Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada has been charged with lying to congressional staffers involved in the inquiry into steroids use in baseball, the Washington Post reports. Federal prosecutors say Tejada’s accounts of conversations with teammate Adam Piatt in 2003, while both played for the Oakland Athletics, are contradicted by...

Mariners Hire Baseball's First Asian-American Manager

Don Wakamatsu, 45, works way up through Rangers, Athletics organization

(Newser) - Don Wakamatsu is the first Asian-American manager of a major league baseball team, AP reports, hired today by the Seattle Mariners. Wakamatsu, 45, played catcher, mainly in the minors, before coaching stints with Texas and Oakland. The Oregon native—who says he knows just a little Japanese—inherits a Mariners...

Health Care Should Be More Like Baseball
Health Care Should Be More Like Baseball

Health Care Should Be More Like Baseball

We need better statistics to make sound judgments

(Newser) - If the US health care industry were a baseball team, it’d be “a hidebound, tradition-based ball club that chases after aging sluggers,” write Billy Beane, John Kerry, and Newt Gingrich in the New York Times. The US spends egregiously on health care but gets little in return,...

MLB's Midterm Report Cards
 MLB's Midterm Report Cards 

MLB's Midterm Report Cards

Rays at the head of the class—Rockies, Marlins at the back

(Newser) - Report card time! Here’s how the rambunctious kids of MLB are doing so far, in Yahoo Sports’ Steven Henson’s estimation. A students—Rays, Red Sox, Cubs, Angels, White Sox Particular kudos go to the Rays, the poor kid who went to the head of the class. B students—...

Kotsay's Double Gives Braves Win Over A's

(Newser) - Mark Kotsay knocked in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning with a two-out RBI double, and the Atlanta Braves edged the Oakland Athletics 3-2 Friday night for their eighth straight home victory. The loss was a season-high fourth in a row for the A's, who have dropped six of...

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