Good morning, Athletics Nation! With baseball news picking up lately, here’s a special Saturday edition of Elephant Rumblings.
The Oakland A’s were planning to play the 2020 season without any presence on Bay Area terrestrial radio stations, but they appear to be re-thinking that idea. The team is “considering adding a Bay Area radio station back into their broadcast mix” when the delayed season gets going in late-July, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle.
No deals have been made, and it’s not clear what specific stations might be in play, but Slusser notes that the A’s have talked to multiple potential partners.
Back in February, the team announced they would forego traditional radio entirely, at least within the Bay Area (they still have a presence in Sacramento, 1140 AM). Instead, their games would only be carried on their own online streaming service, A’s Cast. That news was met with a healthy round of criticism from folks who prefer regular radio as their preferred medium of baseball consumption.
The decision came after recent splits with two different stations. First was a thorny exit from a near-decade long relationship with KGMZ 95.7 The Game, ending after 2018. Then came a one-year run with KTRB 860 AM, a right-wing political talk station that turned off many fans. After having trouble finding another landing spot in the area, the team decided to skip it entirely and put their audio exclusively online, at least until this latest reversal.
Athletics Nation will surely be happy about this new development, as many in the community like using the radio and were bummed about losing it. Meanwhile, those who don’t care about radio will lose nothing by a new option becoming available. And if more people gain access to the magical work of broadcaster Ken Korach, then all the better.
- Slusser: 5 questions for A’s camp: Stockton as taxi site? Surprise player headed there ($)
- Slusser: A’s re-considering all-streaming plan, might add radio back to mix ($)
- Hickey: Athletics Considering a Return to Bay Area Radio As 2020 Season Gets Going
- Hickey: Coliseum Authority Boss Doesn’t See Athletics Moving to New Park for 2023
- Hickey: While Some AL West Teams go with Six Starters, Melvin Says Athletics will Stick with Five
- Kawakami podcast: Guest is Billy Beane
- Lockard: Projecting the A’s Opening Day 30-man roster ($$$)
- Rosenthal: Marcus Semien is navigating through major changes on and off field ($$$)
- Hall: Pros and cons of short season for A’s
- Hall: 6-man rotation fits for some teams in short season, but not A’s
MLB News, & Interest:
- Passan: Rangers staff say they are ‘terrified for our safety’ amid positive virus tests
- Todd and Adams: Explaining The 2020 MLB Roster Rules
- Martino: What would it take for MLB to cancel the 2020 season?
- Coffey: At its highest level, MLB leadership has become less diverse in recent years ($$$)
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter:
A familiar name hits the open market on the first day of transactions
Rosters are no longer frozen. The #SFGiants have released Tyson Ross, Nick Vincent and Jamie Westbrook.— Mark W. Sanchez (@MarkWSanchez) June 26, 2020
Always good to see a superstar back in action, even if it’s bad for the A’s
Justin Verlander, who underwent groin surgery in March, has been throwing regularly off the mound. The #Astros expect him to be a full participant when Spring Training 2.0 begins next week. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) June 26, 2020
Down 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th, Miguel Tejada hits a two-run double to walk it off against Mariano Rivera on August 3rd, 2003! #RootedInOakland pic.twitter.com/roqcFZwOrf— Amazin’ A’s Craze (@AmazinAsCraze) June 27, 2020
And a classic view
Pandemic stadium photo dump for today—my May 6, 1992 visit to the Oakland Coliseum. No Mount Davis, yet, Tigers and Athletics, a beautiful spring night in the East Bay. pic.twitter.com/cnt2TX01vj— Todd Radom (@ToddRadom) April 9, 2020