Good morning, Athletics Nation!
One of the many oddities of the upcoming 2020 MLB season is that fans won’t be allowed to attend the games, due to social distancing measures amid the coronavirus pandemic. That will make for eerily quiet ballparks, offering a strange game environment that will take some getting used to for players and viewers alike. Imagine a clutch home run, with a dramatic bat flip, and ... crickets.
Back in April on Athletics Nation, Nico suggested that teams should recreate crowd noise over their stadiums’ speakers in order to fill this audio void, and apparently he’s not the only one who thinks that’s a good idea. The A’s will indeed pump crowd noise into the Coliseum during games, reports John Hickey of Sports Illustrated.
There are no specifics on this matter yet, but manager Bob Melvin said the team is working on it, and that he predicts all 30 clubs will eventually do some version of it.
The players have certainly noticed the empty parks already, with first baseman Matt Olson calling it “pretty tough” during an A’s simulated game this weekend. Khris Davis said the following, per Hickey: “We are missing something without the fans. It’s more exciting when you have them out there. But there are bigger things going on now.”
This isn’t the A’s first effort toward generating a virtual version of normalcy during an unusual time. They are also selling the opportunity for fans buy cardboard cutouts bearing their photos, to be placed in the Coliseum stands during games. Now the cutouts won’t have to sit silently.
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Summer Camp video
Enjoy some batting practice from Saturday’s workout at the Coliseum!
Best of Twitter:
A’s officially announce San Jose’s Excite Ballpark as their alternate training camp, with ironic help from the Giants
Oakland A’s to use Excite Ballpark in San Jose as alternative training site for the 2020 season: pic.twitter.com/QdM8EwB7xf— AthleticsPR (@AthleticsPR) July 10, 2020
Final results from the intake testing (66 positive out of 3.748 tested, 0.7% rate)
Pham, Gallo, and Kingery had tested positive but are all now back in camp with their teams
Tommy Pham, who tested positive for the coronavirus during intake screening, has received two negative tests and gotten full clearance from doctors. He is eligible to join Padres camp.— AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) July 10, 2020
Spring has finally arrived!
#Athletics will have a 5 1/2-inning simulated game today. Pitchers will be Chris Bassitt, Daniel Mengden, Burch Smith, Jordan Weems and Lou Trivino.— John Hickey (@JHickey3) July 12, 2020
Defensive switch for one of the top young hitting stars in the game
Major development for Blue Jays: Vlad Guerrero Jr. will now focus on first base this spring per Charlie Montoyo— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) July 10, 2020
"He's going to focus on 1B and DH." Third will be an option, but not his main position anymore.
Can Puig finally find a team for 2020?
The Orioles are interested in signing Yasiel Puig and have made at least one offer, according to a source.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 11, 2020
Yo knows comebacks
Yoenis Cespedes says he will definitely be ready for #Mets season opener— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 11, 2020
Keeping an eye on the 2B market