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A's relievers willing to be flexible in late innings

A's manager Bob Melvin is in the early stages of plotting out his bullpen configuration, a process that could potentially be ongoing through the season. Melvin has several closing options on the table and may not necessarily single out just one ahead of Opening Day, noting Tuesday that it will likely be a fluid situation. The players involved, he said, are on board with just about anything.
8 days ago

A's manager Bob Melvin departs Arizona for personal matter

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has left spring training to tend to a personal matter. A timetable for Melvin's return to Arizona was unclear, the club said Friday. Bench coach Mark Kotsay will manage the A's during Melvin's absence. The 55-year-old Melvin is beginning his fifth season managing Oakland after previous managerial stints with Seattle and Arizona. .
Via Associated Press
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Chip Hale finds comfortable landing spot with Athletics

MESA, Ariz.  -- The day in early October when Chip Hale lost his job as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, he called his good friend Bob Melvin. Just to talk. The two go back many years in baseball -- Hale was Melvin's third base coach in Arizona from 2007-09 and bench coach in Oakland from 2012-14 -- and Hale considers Melvin his baseball coaching mentor. Not long after that...
Via Associated Press
February 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Billy Butler heads to concussion DL after fight with teammate

The Oakland Athletics’ miserable season hit a new low over the weekend, and it’s going to keep one of the team’s best sluggers out of action for at least a week. The A’s placed designated hitter Billy Butler on Major League Baseball’s seven-day concussion disabled list after Butler was hit in the temple by teammate Danny Valencia in a clubhouse fight Friday. According...
August 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Billy Butler, A's teammate injured after altercation

Billy Butler and Danny Valencia got into an altercation which was bad enough that it caused Butler to miss the past two games against the Chicago White Sox, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser reports Butler was injured after an incident on Friday night involving Valencia, his Oakland Athletics teammate. The Athletics’ designated hitter has been...
Via The Comeback
August 21, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Coco Crisp ejected after throwing bat at umpire’s feet

Coco Crisp had one of the more weird ejections you will see on a Major League Baseball field. Crisp tossed his bat at the feet of home plate umpire D.J. Reyburn, along with his helmet, and then walked straight into the dugout. This came after Crisp was called out on strikes in the fifth inning against the Houston Astros and Doug Fister. Crisp didn’t look back at Reyburn once...
Via The Comeback
July 08, 2016  |  Discuss

New A's bullpen has manager Melvin confident for close games

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Manager Bob Melvin has been forced to recall all those demoralizing one-run losses by the Oakland Athletics last season, yet now he is able to envision far more favorable scenarios for 2016. He believes his club is far better equipped to take close games in the late innings thanks to a revamped bullpen featuring depth and experience. Oakland went a dismal 19...
Via Associated Press
February 16, 2016  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s: Who will replace Chip Hale?

The bench coach for the Oakland A’s, Chip Hale, was recently hired as the Arizona Diamondbacks new manager. Hale has been with the Athletics since 2011 and has long been considered manager material. Known for his strong work ethic and strong leadership, Hale will be missed on the Oakland A’s coaching staff and players. So who will replace Hale as the new Athletics bench coach...
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Bob Melvin rips A’s after sweep by Angels

Your browser does not support iframes. Bob Melvin ripped his Oakland A’s after they lost to the Angels 9-1 on Sunday, which ended a 4-game sweep by their AL West rivals. The A’s entered Thursday’s series opener one game behind the Angels in the division and ended up five games back after Sunday. “What can […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Oakland A’s trade rumors: Ben Zobrist edition

Ben Zobrist After the recent monster trade the Oakland A’s completed with the Chicago Cubs, the starting rotation has officially been upgraded. The next order of business is to upgrade the Athletics’ only other weak spot – second base. It has been rumored that the Oakland A’s wanted Chase Utley but since Utley does not plan on waiving his no-trade rights, there is a slim...
July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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