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A’s hire Matt Williams as third-base coach

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:18:21 UT

Matt Williams, a Gold Glove third baseman and one of the most popular Giants in the ’80s and ’90s, was hired by the A’s to coach third base next season, the team announced Friday. Williams is reuniting with Oakland manager Bob Melvin, his former Giants teammate. “I know him about as well as anyone in baseball,” Melvin said. “When we lost Chip (Hale), my first thought was Matty. He’s one of those presence guys. He had a great career, has an incredible work ethic, and it’ll be huge to have him back on the field and working with our young players.



Manfred open to A’s proposed stadium site, acknowledges drawbacks

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:38:01 UT

ORLANDO — Rob Manfred is running out of patience when it comes to pace of play in baseball. He said Thursday that new rules to speed games will be in place in 2018 even if the players’ union isn’t on board. The commissioner has far more patience with the pace of the A’s stadium pursuit, which is focused on the Peralta Community College District with a projected opening in 2023. “There are some really appealing aspects to the site,” Manfred said at the conclusion of the quarterly owners’ meetings. “Its proximity to downtown. Lake Merritt is beautiful in its own right. I think it’s a positive that the A’s are focused on being in Oakland.



Emilio Pagan happy to join ‘terrific’ young A’s players

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 02:36:42 UT

Reliever Emilio Pagan is a little too familiar with his new team’s core group of young players. He watched the A’s top prospects thump opponents year after year in the minor leagues. “There are a lot of terrific players there,” Pagan said by phone Thursday from his home in North Carolina, a day after being acquired from the Mariners. “I watched all of those guys win a lot of games the whole way up. I’m really excited to win with them in the future.” The right-hander, 26, was dealt to Oakland on Wednesday, along with 17-year-old shortstop Alexander Campos, in exchange for designated hitter/infielder Ryon Healy, who turns 26 in January.



A’s trade Ryon Healy for reliever Emilio Pagan and minor-leaguer

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 06:55:23 UT

ORLANDO — Ryon Healy gained immediate popularity among A’s fans when hitting 13 home runs after the All-Star break in his 2016 debut season. He hit 25 more this season but became expendable after corner infielders Matt Chapman and Matt Olson emerged and with Khris Davis expected to get more time at designated hitter. Wednesday, the final day of the general managers’ meetings, the A’s traded Healy to the division rival Mariners for reliever Emilio Pagan and a minor-league shortstop. The A’s were committed to rebuilding their bullpen after trading Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson in July.



A’s still see Bruce Maxwell as next season’s catcher

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:20:33 UT

ORLANDO — Until further notice, the A’s still view Bruce Maxwell as their No. 1 catcher in 2018. Maxwell pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Phoenix to assault charges after he allegedly waved a gun at a food-delivery person last month. Major League Baseball will investigate the matter, and Maxwell could be subject to discipline by MLB or the A’s. “I don’t want to talk about the off-field stuff right now. We’ll let the criminal proceedings play out,” general manager David Forst said at the GM meetings in Orlando. “But from a baseball standpoint, I expect Bruce to be our catcher next year.” Maxwell hit .



A’s Bruce Maxwell pleads not guilty to assault charges

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:18:23 UT

A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell, charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct after allegedly waving a gun at a food-delivery person last month, entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday in Phoenix. Maxwell’s trial will not be until next year, according to the Maricopa County court calendar, which lists pre-trial conferences for Maxwell on Dec. 28 and Jan. 29. A trial date has not been set, and there is a possibility of a plea-deal agreement. Maxwell, 26, was indicted by a grand jury Nov. 7 following his Oct. 28 arrest in Scottsdale, Ariz.



A’s refuse Yankees’ request to interview Bob Melvin

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 04:17:50 UT

ORLANDO — The Yankees wanted to interview Bob Melvin for their vacant manager’s job, and the A’s refused to grant permission. General manager David Forst said Monday that the A’s are committed to Melvin, calling him “absolutely the right guy” to oversee the development of a young team that finished in last place again but won 17 of its final 24 games and had more wins in September than in any other month since 2014. Melvin received a one-year extension in September and is signed through 2019. The Yankees are seeking a replacement for Joe Girardi, who was fired after New York lost a seven-game American League Championship Series to Houston.




Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna among A’s possible winter targets

Thu, 9 Nov 2017 05:52:20 UT

Count the A’s among the teams circling around the most recent expected breakup of the Marlins. One item on Oakland’s wish list this winter is an outfielder with several years of team control remaining, sources told The Chronicle on Wednesday. And with Miami’s new ownership looking to shed payroll, the A’s have interest in Marcell Ozuna and, though their preference is for a right-handed hitter, possibly Christian Yelich. Oakland will have money to spend after trading many of its higher-priced players in July. Plus, Billy Butler’s contract is now off the books.



Orlando Cepeda among Jewish Sports Hall of Fame honorees

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 23:27:04 UT

Orlando Cepeda isn’t Jewish — “I’m Puerto Rican!” he said with a chuckle by phone — but the Giants’ Hall of Famer is going into the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame of Northern California on Saturday evening. Cepeda, 80, counts many in the local Jewish community among his closest friends, including Bob Sokolov, who is one of the partners in the Giants’ ownership group. Sokolov’s father-in-law, Bill Moskovitz, was one of Cepeda’s best friends going back to the 1950s. “This is a huge honor for me,” Cepeda said. “I have so many great friends who are Jewish people, I can’t wait. My best friends are Jewish.



A’s Bruce Maxwell could face discipline from MLB; Ryon Healy on trade block?

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 05:13:08 UT

Whatever the legal fallout from Bruce Maxwell’s arrest in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday, the ramifications he might face from Major League Baseball include everything from mandated counseling to the potential loss of his job. Maxwell, 26, was booked on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct after allegedly waving a gun at a food-delivery person’s head. According to court documents, Maxwell “exhibited signs and symptoms of alcohol intoxication” when arrested and was “verbally aggressive and used excessive profanities,” along with making antipolice statements.



A’s Bruce Maxwell was drinking before his arrest, cops say

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:06:29 UT

Police say A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell showed signs of intoxication when he was arrested following accusations that he pointed a handgun at the head of a woman in Scottsdale, Ariz., who had delivered food to his home. Court records released Monday provide more details on his arrest, but don’t offer an explanation for why he allegedly pointed the gun at the driver. Scottsdale police declined to comment on why Maxwell acted as he did when he answered the door Saturday evening. The documents show Maxwell denied pointing a gun at the driver. The court documents say once the driver explained why she was there, Maxwell lowered the gun.




A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell arrested on gun charge

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 23:07:47 UT

A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was arrested in Arizona on Saturday night for allegedly pointing a gun at a female food-delivery worker. Maxwell, 26, was booked by Scottsdale police on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct. Police said they visited Maxwell’s house after receiving a call about someone with a gun. He was arrested at 6:08 p.m., held in custody and is awaiting an appearance in front of a judge. The A’s released a statement Sunday, saying, “We were disappointed to learn of the allegations. We take this situation and ongoing investigation seriously.



UPDATE: Alabama restaurant says A's Bruce Maxwell lying about being refused service

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:25:13 UT

Update: The manager of the Alabama restaurant that Oakland A's Bruce Maxwell said refused him service claims the Oakland A's catcher is lying, TMZ reports.




A’s Bruce Maxwell says waiter refused to serve him

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 04:25:44 UT

A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell, an African American who became the first major-leaguer to kneel during the national anthem Sept. 23, told TMZsports.com that he and two people with whom he was dining were refused service by a waiter at an Alabama restaurant because of his protest. Maxwell ordered a beer with his lunch, and the waiter asked for driver’s licenses from everyone at the table, said Huntsville, Ala., city councilman Devyn Keith, who was with Maxwell at the restaurant. When the waiter saw Maxwell’s ID, the waiter told the group he wouldn’t serve them, Keith said. The incident happened this month, shortly after Maxwell returned to his Alabama home following the season, Maxwell said.



Verlander excels, Houston ties series

Sat, 21 Oct 2017 05:54:44 UT

HOUSTON — Justin Verlander stayed perfect with the Houston Astros when they couldn’t afford anything else. The right-hander pitched seven shutout innings and Jose Altuve homered and drove in three runs during a 7-1 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night that extended the AL Championship Series to a decisive Game 7. Acquired in an Aug. 31 trade, Verlander has won all nine of his outings for the Astros. And with his club facing playoff elimination in Game 6 against the Yankees, he delivered again. Game 7 is Saturday night in Houston, with the winner advancing to the World Series against the NL champion Los Angeles Dodgers.