No major news from spring camp, which means nobody new is injured!
The flagship goes to Mesa
95.7 the Game's Guy Haberman and John Middlekauff will be broadcasting from Phoenix all week during their 10-12 time slot. Monday, they conducted interviews from Mesa with Sean Doolittle, Stephen Vogt, Coco Crisp, Billy Butler, and the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser (names are links to audio).
Who can do the math on this Billy Butler HR distance? It's 340 to the corner pic.twitter.com/pJBSjqh4yS— Guy Haberman (@GuyHaberman) February 23, 2015
News and notes
Other stories from Mesa and around the Internet today:
- Jesse Hahn and Matt Harvey, competitors from high school: The high school teammates stayed competitive through college and beyond, writes Joe Stiglich for CSN.
- Mark Canha wants to make the most of his opportunity: Joe Stiglich also checks in with Rule 5 draftee Mark Canha about how excited he is that he gets to return to the Bay Area.
- Josh Phegley isn't taking spring training for granted: While Phegley is slated to make the major league roster, he does not intend to merely back in to the opportunity, writes MLB.com's Jane Lee.
- Keep an eye on Fernando Rodriguez: He fell off the 40-man roster when the A's acquired Eury De La Rosa from the Diamondbacks, but keep Fernando Rodriguez in mind for the bullpen this spring, Jane Lee also reports.
- R.J. Alvarez is actually a natural lefty: Reverse baseball parenting going on in the Alvarez household, as Alvarez's dad made his son throw right-handed because he thought Alvarez would be an infielder, writes the Bay Area News Group's John Hickey.
- "Fifty Shades of Kazmir": Rotographs' Brett Talley checks in on the fantasy baseball value of Oakland's starting rotation.
- "Five Facts About Jason Giambi": This slipped under the radar for a few days, but Paul Swydan of Fangraphs celebrates just what makes Giambi eligible for at the very least the Hall of Very Good.
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Athletics Nation (@athleticsnation) February 23, 2015