Happy Friday, Athletics Nation!
Welp, the A’s got swept in the San Francisco leg of the Bay Bridge Series this week, but they’ll get another crack at the Giants next weekend at the Coliseum. Win or lose, Sunday should be especially enjoyable, as the A’s will be inducting the newest class of Athletics Hall of Fame members.
Giambi. Lansford. Tenace. Johnson. Steele.— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 27, 2023
Join us on August 6 during the annual Bay Bridge Series as we honor the five members of the 2023 Class of the Athletics Hall of Fame ➡️ https://t.co/oi5zI8fJks pic.twitter.com/U5ixV2aEMg
The 2023 class includes Jason Giambi, Bob Johnson, Carney Lansford, Roy Steele, and Gene Tenace.
Giambi had a fantastic run with the A’s around the turn of this century, winning the AL MVP award in 2000 and nearly repeating the achievement in 2001.
Johnson, who died way back in 1982, is this year’s sole inductee from the Philadelphia era. The eight-time All-Star remains in the top five rankings of A’s hitters in a number of categories and was the franchise’s all-time runs leader until Rickey Henderson bested Johnson’s mark in 1993.
Lansford was key to the success of the second Oakland A’s dynasty that won three consecutive AL pennants from 1988 to 1990. His .288 batting average as an Athletic ranks second all-time in the franchise’s Oakland era.
Nicknamed the “Voice of God,” Steele was the A’s PA announcer for 38 years, from the team’s first season in Oakland in 1968 until 2005. Steele passed away in May 2020.
Catcher and first baseman Tenace played for the legendary A’s dynasty of the seventies that won three consecutive World Series. He hit four home runs in the 1972 Fall Classic against the Reds, which earned him World Series MVP honors as the Oakland A’s won the first of their four titles.
Athletics Nation congratulates this year’s inductees!
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OF Esteury Ruiz & IF Kevin Smith have been sent to Las Vegas on rehab assignments, and RHP Zach Jackson has been sent to Stockton on a rehab assignment... https://t.co/joKXkyUAPy— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) July 27, 2023
Lawrence Butler was already an impressive player coming into the season, but it's really encouraging to see how he's cut his strikeout rate significantly while maintaining a solid walk rate. Hopefully his time in the bigs is coming soon.— Melissa Lockard (@melissalockard) July 27, 2023
Wilson’s first pro hit.
HR leader board.
A's Minor League HR Leaders— Athletics Farm (@AthleticsFarm) July 28, 2023
C-1B Tyler Soderstrom (LV): 20
OF Cody Thomas (LV): 17
OF Trenton Brooks (LV): 14
OF Lazaro Armenteros (MID-LAN): 14
*Soderstrom & Thomas have been promoted to A's
It was class vs. trash in Texas last night.
Marcus Semien on what was said between him and Martín Maldonado during last night's game:— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 27, 2023
"I told him, when they hit the home run, said we're gonna win this game. He said "Nah, it's just like when you were in Oakland."