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Elephant Rumblings: A’s head to Japan; new MLB rules official

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  • 1977 - In a ten-player megatrade, the Pittsburgh Pirates send Tony Armas, Doug Bair, Dave Giusti, Rick Langford, Doc Medich, and Mitchell Page to the Oakland Athletics, in exchange for Phil Garner, Tommy Helms, and Chris Batton.
  • 1978 - The Oakland Athletics trade star pitcher Vida Blue to the San Francisco Giants for seven players and nearly $400,000 in cash. In exchange for Blue, Oakland acquires catcher Gary Alexander, infielder Mario Guerrero, outfielder Gary Thomasson, and pitchers Dave Heaverlo, Phil Huffman, John Henry Johnson and Alan Wirth. Blue will win 18 games for the Giants this season.

Best of Twitter:

  • The A’s have released a site plan for Howard Terminal, and I highly recommend taking a look (h/t kbtoyz)...
  • Another intriguing A’s prospect to keep an eye on...
  • Next stop: Japan!