Good morning, Athletics Nation!
During the last couple months of the coronavirus pandemic lockdown, the Oakland A’s made a few negative headlines regarding financial decisions. Fortunately they addressed and corrected a couple of their criticized moves, by resuming payment of their minor leaguers and un-furloughing their scouts, and this week they tied up yet another loose end.
Late May brought news that the A’s had deferred their $1.2 million rent payment on the Coliseum, citing a provision in their rental agreement and the fact that they hadn’t been allowed to use the facility. That decision, while seeming to be logically and legally defensible, drew criticism from the Coliseum’s governing body, as well as some segments of media and fans. Now it’s taken care of, as the A’s paid their rent this week, reports Phil Matier of the S.F. Chronicle.
However, while the rent is now paid in full, Matier notes the team plans to seek a partial refund for the games it wasn’t able to play. Either way, this should be the final rent payment they ever make on the Coliseum, as they are entering talks to buy out the city’s half of the site and thus own it outright.
Meanwhile, the Coliseum should start seeing some use soon. The 2020 MLB season was officially announced this week, and the A’s have received permission from the health department to begin utilizing their home park for workouts (and eventually games), reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle.
Players will report to training camp by July 1 to undergo testing for the virus, and teams can start working out on July 3, reports Slusser. The A’s will use the Raiders’ old locker room in addition to their own, in order to increase social distancing, though they might need to build extra space for visiting teams.
- Slusser: A’s at-risk pitcher Jake Diekman details decision on whether to play in 2020 ($)
- Slusser: A’s manager Bob Melvin: ‘The last thing we want is to have to stop’ ($)
- Matier: Oakland A’s pay up on their Coliseum rent, but may come back for a refund if season shortened ($)
- Hickey: The Athletics Have Paid Their Rent on the Coliseum, But They Might Ask for a Refund
- Hickey: While Astros May Play in Front of Fans, Athletics & Dodgers Fans Won’t Get a Chance to Weigh in on Houston’s Sign-Stealing
- Hickey: MLB is Back, But There’s Going to be an Entirely Different Look to Parts of Season for Athletics and Everybody Else
- Hickey: Athletics Must Up Their Performance Level with the MLB Schedule Set at 60 Games
- Hickey: Athletics GM David Forst Still Working on How to Get Baseball Up & Running in Midst of Pandemic
- Bair: A’s GM David Forst details challenges preparing for season in pandemic
- Coffey: Baseball is back: What does it mean for the A’s? ($$$)
- Lockard: Regardless of what happens in 2020, the A’s face tough decisions for 2021 ($$$)
- Gallegos: Athletics FAQ: Details on the upcoming season
- Brazil: How A’s Dave Stewart sought to help community after 1989 earthquake
- Hall: Predicting Oakland A’s 30-man roster for 2020
MLB News, & Interest:
- Wenzel: Nashville Sounds plan to host 40-game season involving free agents
- Adams: Universal DH Will Be Implemented For 2020 (plus list of options for each NL team)
- Adams: MLB Transaction Freeze Lifts This Friday (plus list of who’s still available)
- Adler: 12 team debuts we’re stoked to see this season
- Langs: Pujols, Trout among 2020 milestone contenders
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter:
Important reminder from Brodie
As fans, and media, none of us should take for granted what players and coaches & staff will be subjecting themselves to, in order to provide entertainment.— Brodie Brazil (@BrodieNBCS) June 24, 2020
I know the 101 page MLB protocol handbook is comprehensive, but, we don’t yet know how it all works in real life.
Relevant note about a division rival
Shohei Ohtani will be utilized similar to how he would in a regular 162-game season. He'll still pitch once a week. Maddon said he expects as a six-man rotation as a result.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) June 24, 2020
Still might get the preseason Bay Bridge Series?
A's GM David Forst said practice games with Giants are a possibility though he has not discussed that with Farhan Zaidi yet. Also said they can play game against first team on their schedule, which they don't know yet. Teams are allowed three exhibition games against other clubs.— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) June 24, 2020
Not ALL baseball is coming back
The independent Frontier League has suspended its 2020 season and freed its teams to make individual decisions on playing games or doing other activities. pic.twitter.com/cqmfnSxjuf— JJ Cooper (@jjcoop36) June 24, 2020
Unstoppable object vs immovable force
June 24, 1997: Mark McGwire belts one 538 feet off Randy Johnson in the Kingdome. pic.twitter.com/I9pjDONa5f— This Day In Sports Clips (@TDISportsClips) June 24, 2020
Congrats to Justine on everything she’s accomplished!
I've had lots of naysayers in my life. I'm so grateful to the men who have believed in me.— Justine Siegal (@justinebaseball) June 24, 2020
Not everyone is willing to be a 1st & bring in a woman in baseball. My guys did. From coaching college...to pro...to int'l...to MLB BP, together we proved them wrong.
(pic: A's BP, 2011) pic.twitter.com/4JWYdxF9NC