- Kawahara: A’s react to MLB coronavirus guidance ($)
- Apstein: Meet Peter Bayer, the [A’s] Minor Leaguer Working for DoorDash During Baseball’s Coronavirus Suspension
- Hickey: Which A’s Are Helped, Hurt By Shutdown?
- Kleinschmidt: A’s had best Cactus League record before spring training cancellation
- Ceaser: La Russa defends McGwire and steroids legacy, laments his own personal life, in TV interview
- Podcast - In Depth With Graham Bensinger: Tony La Russa (steroid discussion starts at 37:15)
MLB Coronavirus News:
- Duarte: First Baseball Player Tests Positive for Coronavirus Sending Ripple Effects Through MLB
- Franco: MLB Teams Expected To Halt Organized Group Workouts
- Todd: MLB Players Advised To Leave Spring Facilities
- Gonzalez: How MLB players, execs and others are facing coronavirus uncertainty
- MLB.com: Here is the latest on all 30 clubs
- McCalvy: Stearns provides latest on Crew amid pandemic
Other MLB News:
- Breen: Phillies sign 18-year-old Venezuelan prospect Yhoswar Garcia
- Torres: Angels option Jaime Barria, giving a clue to rotation plans ($)
- Polishuk: Trey Mancini Undergoes Surgery To Remove Malignant Tumor
Baseball Interest Stories:
- Bumbaca: Explaining the 1981 MLB season: How baseball survived shortened year
- Law: How do you prepare for the draft when there are no games to watch? ($$$)
- Adler: Ken Burns documentary ‘Baseball’ streaming free
Today in Baseball History:
- 1937 - In an exhibition match, the Mexico City Agriculture team blanks the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1st inning before caving in and losing, 34 - 5. Ace Parker and Indian Bob Johnson pole home runs for the Athletics.
- 1972: Oakland Athletics holdout Vida Blue announces that he has rejected the team’s latest contract offer and will retire to work for a company that makes toilet fixtures. The “retirement” won’t last long, as Blue will eventually come to terms with Oakland and begin his season in May. A 24-game winner in 1971, Blue will have a 6-10 record in 1972 but redeem himself by saving Game 1 of the World Series.
- 1999 - National League Rookie of the Year Kerry Wood suffers a ligament tear in his right elbow. It will require surgery that will keep him out of action until 2000.
- 2011 - Frederich Cepeda homers for the sixth straight game, tying the Cuban record.
Best of Twitter:
A COVID-19 message from your friendly, local, corner OF.....
It's the Town's time to #StopTheSpread by practicing social distancing. pic.twitter.com/8g2w3It5bB— Oakland A's (@Athletics) March 16, 2020
We are all Dan...
no baseball til may pic.twitter.com/PfU7dpT0F1— Dan (@DanSchmuldt) March 16, 2020
Luckily, there is bottomless well of baseball highlights...
For all the people who miss baseball, here’s your dose of filthy plays pic.twitter.com/BeniqvHR3a— Kent Murphy (@ReaICoachKent) March 16, 2020
I miss Baseball pic.twitter.com/VMWVtCoKMx— Ballplayer City (@BallplayerCity) March 16, 2020
Best of YouTube:
Not enough A’s in the “filthy plays” Twitter post, so...
And a reminder that before Chappie and JD tarp grabs, we had this...