Good morning, Athletics Nation!
Memorial Day weekend came and went, and for the first time in over a century it was not accompanied by baseball. Still, a peaceful day with no social obligations isn’t the worst way to spend this particular holiday, giving us a chance to slow down and do the actual memorializing for which it’s intended. I hope your day went well and that many heroes were remembered fondly.
Unfortunately, in the world of Oakland A’s baseball, the family suffered a recent loss of their own. The team announced on Monday the death of longtime scoreboard operator Chester Farrow, who had held that post for over 50 years. In their tweet, they referred to him as “the life of the control room.”
Farrow had been mired in “a long battle with cancer,” reports Jim Harrington of the Mercury News. He was 77 years old. Click that link to read the full obituary by Harrington, all about Farrow’s life as a teacher and concert promoter. (Aside: Farrow taught at my high school, Monte Vista in Danville, but retired the year before I arrived there in 1999.)
“Chet” Farrow started working for the A’s in 1969, keeping score for nearly their entire tenure in Oakland to date. His impact can be clearly observed in the reactions of some prominent media members.
Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle called him “just about the coolest person on the press level at the Coliseum” and said he was her “favorite person to see in the elevator after games.” Radio voice Ken Korach remembered that Farrow “stopped by our booth before every game. Always with a smile and usually with a bag of candy.” John Hickey of Sports Illustrated noted that he “supplied a [seemingly] endless bounty of good cheer on a daily basis.”
Athletics Nation wishes the best to Farrow’s family.
We mourn the passing of Chester Farrow. Chet worked as the A’s scoreboard operator for more than 50 years and was the life of the control room. He will be missed by his colleagues and friends. We send our deepest condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/quRALNfzW3— Oakland A's (@Athletics) May 25, 2020
On the brighter side, the weekend also brought a piece of encouraging news: Japan’s NBP league will open its 2020 season on June 19, though with no fans in the stands for now. For all the details on their plan, scroll down to the MLB News section and click the link for Kaz Nagatsuka of the Japan Times.
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Hearing more optimism on both sides now although MLB official proposal hasn’t been quite made yet. Deal won’t come easy but players and owners, who both will lose $, also understand they can’t cancel season over $. MLB offer likely coming Tuesday, as @EvanDrellich reported.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 23, 2020
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Belief is, both sides will compromise, MLB from the 50-50 revenue sharing split idea they like and players union from prorated pay for players over 82 games. Many still see a gap, but reason for optimism is understanding on both sides what cancellation of season would do to sport— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) May 23, 2020
Truly unprecedented times
1st Memorial Day without a Baseball game in the United States in 140 years— Joe Salvatore (@radiojoee) May 25, 2020
Get hyped for when games start and this guy gets back in action
Jesús Luzardo hype video is pic.twitter.com/tqfZlr4Dbl— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) May 24, 2020
Speaking of great videos, here’s another one from a legend
Just a friendly reminder that Ichiro is a magician. ♂️ pic.twitter.com/9NKbMj9oSH— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) May 24, 2020