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Elephant Rumblings: Oakland A’s PA announcer Dick Callahan OK after health issue, will miss 2020 season

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Oakland Athletics in-house announcer Kara Tsuboi and stadium announcer Dick Callahan serve up floats during the A’s annual Root Beer Float Day held in the Eastside Club at Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, June 26, 2013. Proceeds from the event
Callahan next to sideline reporter Kara Tsuboi
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Good morning, Athletics Nation!

Add one more thing to the list of ways that the 2020 MLB season will be a weird one. The voice of the Oakland Coliseum, A’s public address announcer Dick Callahan, will sit out the season after a health scare, reports Daniel Brown of The Athletic.

The 79-year-old Callahan’s recent health ordeal did not involve COVID-19, as he tested negative for coronavirus, but nevertheless it was a serious issue that he fortunately caught in time. He’s doing fine now and is focused on continuing his recovery, but will play it safe by not further testing his immune system at the stadium this summer, especially with no fans there to hear him.

Callahan has worked over 1,000 games as the team’s PA announcer, calling out lineups, player names, and other information at A’s games for well over the last decade, and we could hear him back in action in 2021. He succeeded Roy Steele, who began stepping away in the mid-2000s; Steele died two months ago at age 87.

For more details on Callahan’s news, read Brown’s full story. For more on his life in general, check out this old video profile from Brodie Brazil of then-CSN. Athletics Nation wishes the best to Callahan and his family!


In other not-coronavirus news, A’s starting pitcher Mike Fiers said his early absence from camp was merely a precaution, reports Susan Slusser of the S.F. Chronicle. He didn’t test positive, but spent time around someone who did in fellow pitcher Jesus Luzardo, so he waited until he got two negative tests before joining his teammates. For more info on Fiers, check out the links below from Slusser, Hickey, and Gallegos.

We could get a look at the right-hander sooner than later, too. Fiers is scheduled to pitch in one of the team’s exhibition games against the Giants on Monday or Tuesday, as is Chris Bassitt, reports Slusser.

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