Bob Melvin Hired as Padres Manager

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The San Diego Padres needed a shakeup after a disappointing end to their season. On Thursday, they seemingly got it. The Padres have reportedly hired Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin as their new skipper, giving him a three-year contract. News of the hiring was first reported by Padres writer AJ Cassavell of MLB.com, and ESPN […] READ MORE


Ejection Inspection, Week Eight: Mike Shildt Tossed after Pitcher Is Asked to Change His Hat

Ejection Inspection, Week Eight: Mike Shildt Dumped after Pitcher Is Asked to Change His Hat Welcome to Week Eight of Ejection Inspection! The premise and ground rules are detailed here. The condensed version: each ejection from the previous week (Thursday through Wednesday) is listed in a table. The author – a former player/coach/umpire – analyzes […] READ MORE


Ejection Inspection, Week Four: Joe Girardi Goes Nuts, Aaron Boone Tossed as Well

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Joe Girardi Goes Nuts after Two Phillies Get Plunked but Both Teams Get Warned Welcome to Week Four of Ejection Inspection! The premise and ground rules are detailed here. The condensed version: each ejection from the previous week (Thursday through Wednesday) is listed in a table. The author – a former player/coach/umpire – analyzes each […] READ MORE


Previewing the 2021 Oakland Athletics

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The Oakland Athletics find themselves in a familiar situation as the 2021 season begins. Coming off their first division title since 2013, Oakland will once again be in the mix in a competitive AL West. The lack of offseason improvement, however, diminishes the likelihood that Bob Melvin’s squad will advance past the divisional round for […] READ MORE


A’s Top White Sox 6-4, Advance to ALDS

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A’s 6 White Sox 4 The Oakland Athletics defeated the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Thursday afternoon in Oakland winning the Wild Card series two games to one. In what was a true all hands on deck bullpen game, the teams combined to use 17 pitchers setting a record for a postseason game. This A’s White […] READ MORE


Ejection Inspection, Week 10: Alan Porter Dumps Three from the Oakland Athletics

Alan Porter Dumps Three from the Oakland Athletics Welcome to Week 10 of Ejection Inspection! The premise and ground rules are detailed here. The condensed version: each ejection from the previous week (Thursday through Wednesday) is listed in a table. The author – a former player/coach/umpire – analyzes each ejection and assigns it an entertainment […] READ MORE


Ejection Inspection, Week Seven: Hunter Wendelstedt Should Not Call Detroit Tigers Games

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Welcome to Week Seven of Ejection Inspection! Before getting into the main part of today’s edition, it’s soapbox time. Hunter Wendelstedt and Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire do not get along. On Saturday, Wendelstedt ejected Gardenhire for the sixth time. Because of their history, it is likely that Gardenhire has less patience with Wendelstedt than […] READ MORE