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Mudcat Grant’s Underrated Late-Career Run as a Fireman

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A fun & informative look at Jim "Mudcat" Grant’s 1970 & 1971 seasons spent with the A’s

Matt Chapman goes IN

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He never badmouthed or dissed the team but he opens up A LOT and pulls no punches

Deeside Dragons ice hockey club back with a bang after tough few years

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Members of an ice hockey club are getting their skates on ready to take on a new season after a tough few years.

Deeside Dragons have been prevented from playing due to Deeside Ice Rink being used as a Rainbow Hospital and then as a vaccination centre during the Coronavirus pandemic.

After confirmation that the rink will be back in place this year, the club is now bouncing back having been accepted into the National Ice Hockey League’s Division One North.

The Dragons have also announced a new coaching team led by none other than Mike Clancy, head coach of the gold medal-winning GB women’s team. He will be joined by Dave Clancy, another GB coach, Matt Compton and Marc Lovell. All four are local lads who have played for Deeside in the past. Watch World Juniors Online

Oakland A’s Community Fund 2022 grant applications now open

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The Oakland A’s Community Fund is now accepting applications for their 2022 Grant Program presented by Delta Dental. The annual grant program distributes funds to organizations that support the greater Bay Area community. The A’s are also accepting applications for their new Social Justice Grant Program, which will provide funds to organizations that are committed to uplifting the Bay Area through systemic change, advocacy, policy reform, and innovative direct service programs to underserved communities. Organizations can apply at athletics.com/donations.

Elephant Rumblings: A long awaited homer for Bethancourt Fans

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Cheerful Thursday, Athletics Nation! Being no-hit for six innings, then returning just to have your warm up area offer the game in the 10th stings a great deal. Adding on the way that the primary gathering of the year between the Astros and A's finished as a really avoidable range doesn't help by the same token. So while the group recuperates on an off day, how about we value one of the little things that happened yesterday evening. Christian Bethancourt came to the An's on a small time bargain during the lockout last December. As Martin Gallegos profiled on mlb.com, Bethancourt has had a long excursion to arrive at this point, going from a garish worldwide free specialist, to a Padres reinforcement catcher where he endeavored to move into a two-way player, to being let out of the Korean Baseball Organization in 2019. Yet, the powers of fate lined up in Oakland this year, where he stirred his direction back up to the majors and has turned into a choice at both catcher and a respectable starting point for the A's. Bethancourt last played in the majors in 2017, and he hadn't seen ordinary playing time in MLB beginning around 2016 with the San Diego Padres. He hadn't knocked it out of the park since August, quite a while back. Recently, on the primary pitch after Elvis Andrus separated Justin Verlander's no-hit bid with a RBI twofold, Bethancourt broke a 409 foot dinger off of Verlander's curve. This was Bethancourt's most memorable significant association homer in north of 2000 days and it helped the A's (for a brief time) start to lead the pack in a formerly dreary game.

Elephant Rumblings: Gene Tenace recounts ‘fun, weird’ 1972 World Series 2022

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Blissful Friday, Athletics Nation! I believe any reasonable person would agree that the as of late withdrawn Ray Fosse is most treasured to our souls among ex-A's catchers, because of the 35 years he spent in the A's transmission corner. Yet, Gene Tenace was the A's beginning catcher in the 1972 World Series, when the group won the first of three continuous titles. What's more, he was the series MVP with four homers and a 1.313 OPS. Daniel Brown at The Athletic composed an entrancing recognition for Tenace in front of Saturday's long term commemoration get-together of the title crew. Other expected participants incorporate Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers, Joe Rudi, Dick Green, Campy Campaneris, and Reggie Jackson (however Jackson didn't play in the '72 Series because of injury). Despite where you descend on going to A's games amidst a modify and all the arena and potential migration show, Saturday appears to be a fine event to stir things up around town and revel in the magnificence days of the dynastic, mustachioed, Swingin' A's from times gone past. Earthy colored brings up that Tenace was cash before Moneyball was a thing. He was undervalued in his experience as a patient hitter who drew a ton of strolls, driving the association in the class two times and surpassing 100 free passes in six seasons. Present day examination focus a lot kinder light on Tenace's vocation: he positions fourteenth among catchers in all-time bWAR and had a profession OPS+ of 136 in a profession traversing 15 years and more than 5,000 plate appearances.

Shea Langeliers could be changing Oakland A’s plans

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The Oakland A’s appeared to have their future set behind the plate. Tyler Soderstrom, their first round selection in 2020, was going to eventually take over. His bat was going to carry him forward as he continued to develop with the glove, but by the time that Sean Murphy was deemed too expensive for the A’s tastes, the expectation was that he would be ready. And then Shea Langeliers happened. He had an impressive season in 2021 before coming to Oakland as part of the Matt Olson trade. However, he was still a question mark as he still needed to prove himself in his new organization. We have seen a lot of people out there are searching for websites to watch NFL live online so we thought to post about it on this blog.

Locals hope to hear names called this week in NFL draft

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If a former UNLV player is taken in the NFL draft, does that break the Rebels’ skid? UNLV has not had a player drafted since center Joe Hawley went to the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, and no players on last season’s roster are expected to hear their names called over the next three days at Caesars Palace. Former UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers, however, could get drafted as a tight end out of Ohio, where he was a reserve QB. The point is moot if Rogers signs as undrafted free agent. But should he sneak into Saturday’s late rounds, the debate can begin as to whether that counts for UNLV. Here’s a look at players with Las Vegas ties who could get drafted:

Why is football called ‘football

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Sure, it involves feet. But so does almost every other sport, to some extent. Football, also known American football or gridiron football, is the most popular spectator sport in the United States. But most of us probably don’t know why it’s called football and not, say, tackleball or oblongball.

Can the Mets match what the Athletics are asking from the White Sox for Frankie Montas?

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The New York Mets aren’t the only team hoping to overcome an injury to a major starting pitcher. Lance Lynn of the Chicago White Sox went onto the IL which forced them to dive into their starting pitching depth early on. They’ve also lost Lucas Giolito as well, leaving them in a similar spot as the Mets.