Good morning, Athletics Nation!
We’re beginning to see the first tangible signs of a 2020 MLB season coming together. Teams submitted their 60-man player pools on Sunday, with most of them being publicly announced, and the players will begin reporting to real-life training camp next week — the Oakland A’s will hold their first workout at the Coliseum on July 4. It’s finally happening.
Of course, with the coronavirus pandemic showing a resurgence around the country, it’s still possible this all comes crashing down and the season is canceled for good amid a new shutdown. For now the green light is on and all systems are go, but that can change quickly.
In perhaps a foreshadowing of that potential worst-case scenario, the A’s have already seen one early effect of the unflattened curve. Each team will have an alternate training site for the members of their player pool who aren’t on the active MLB roster, and the green-and-gold have been discussing holding theirs in Stockton at Banner Island Ballpark, the home of their High-A minor league affiliate. Now that plan is in doubt.
The A’s are “rethinking” the use of Stockton, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle, due to a spike in virus cases in that area and a new set of emergency orders from Governor Gavin Newsom that include San Joaquin County. No commitments have been made by the A’s regarding Stockton, either for or against, and there hasn’t yet been specific mention of where else they might look instead if necessary.
As has been the case so often this year in baseball, it’s a feeling of two steps forward, and then one, two, or three steps back. The season is coming! But with a distinct, close-to-home reminder that it actually might not be.
- Slusser: A’s announce player pool; Tyler Soderstrom to sign Monday; Stockton site in doubt ($)
- Hall: A’s announce initial 60-man player pool for 2020 season (click for full listing of players)
- Hall: Clarifying 2020 roster rules, player pools, and option status
- Coffey: Four observations as the A’s announce the bulk of their 60-man player pool ($$$)
- Coffey: After 52 years with the A’s, Steve Vucinich thought he had seen it all ($$$)
- Bair: Why A’s excellent defense should provide great value in 60-game season
- Hickey: 2020 Will See if This Group is Manager Bob Melvin’s Best Athletics Team
- Hickey: Would Having Athletics Games Up on a Drive-In Screen in Coliseum Parking Lot Be a Winner?
- Hickey: Athletics’ Semien Won’t Be Surprised if More MLB Players Take a Knee in 2020
- Hickey: OTD (6/27) in 1996, Athletics Tied MLB Record With Seven Hitters Blasting Homers
- Hickey: OTD (6/28) in 1987, Athletics’ Mark McGwire Tied Record with 5 homers in 2 Days in Cleveland
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- MLB: Top prospects in teams’ 60-man player pools
- Kelly: Jekyll and Hyde teams: Which shows up in 2020?
- Yoo: Sports leagues welcome reopening of stadiums, prepared for safe fan experience
- Zencka: The Most Stacked Lineup Of The Millennium Missed The Playoffs
- Clair: The weirdest baseball uniforms ever worn
- Today in Baseball History
Best of Twitter:
The 54-player pool for now, with five more unofficially on the way
The A's have announced their player pool for the 2020 season. The list includes 42 players who will report to Oakland on July 2, with the first workout scheduled for July 4. pic.twitter.com/1yMp6kcrhe— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) June 28, 2020
Look for a full story on this news later today
Top pick Tyler Soderstrom officially will be signed tomorrow, according to multiple sources, and he will join the Stockton group of pool players, as I reported last week.— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) June 28, 2020
A tale of two countries
#KBO news: league will try to establish some specific guidelines this week, so fans could be back by July 3 at the earliest. That will be the start of a new weekend series. We're looking at maybe 30 percent of the capacity at first, and then a gradual increase. (cont'd)— Jeeho Yoo (@Jeeho_1) June 28, 2020
This is from a couple weeks ago, but nicely illustrates the potential for volatility in a small-sample season
Just for fun...The best and worst 60-game stretches for each team last season— James Smyth (@JamesSmyth621) June 17, 2020
Best: Dodgers/Astros/Indians 43-17
Worst: Tigers 12-48
Best Worst: Yankees 37-23
Worst Best: Tigers 23-37
Tightest Best/Worst Range: Yankees/Reds 5 games
Widest Best/Worst Range: Rockies 21 games pic.twitter.com/So4mYTJI3b
Getting ready to do some heavy lifting in the starting rotation (nailed it)