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Cotton Shines In A’s Home Finale

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Written by Jeff Weisinger/Edited by Malaika Bobino

 

The A’s saved their best for the last. In the final home game of the regular season, Oakland knocked around the Rangers starter Colby Lewis for seven runs, while rookie starter Jharel Cotton earned his second win of the season in the A’s 7-1 win against Texas on Sunday.

 
“That was the cherry on top of a bad season,” Oakland’s manager Bob Melvin said. “It’s nice to be able to go out there and score some runs and have a good-feeling game. They’re all waving and staying afterwards and wishing us well. It’s a great group of people.”

 

Behind Cotton’s dominant and efficient day on the mound, the A’s bats also shared the spotlight, tagging Lewis for seven runs in the second inning. They knocked him out of the game after just one out in the second. It was Lewis’ shortest start since he went just 2 1/3 innings against the Angels in July 2014.

 

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“It was good that they responded early in the game, took a little pressure off with the big inning and multiple guys swung the bat well,” said Melvin. “It’s important. We still got seven games left and these guys want to finish strong.”

 

Oakland’s lineup suffered through 19 1/3 scoreless inning streak dating back to Wednesday night, when they scored with two outs in the ninth against the Houston Astros. Bruce Maxwell’s RBI single, scored in Yonder Alonso to end that drought today.

 

Stephen Vogt’s bases-clearing three RBI double highlighted the A’s big second inning.

 

The big, seven-run inning was all the rookie right-hander Cotton needed. He went a season-high seven innings, allowing just one run on three hits while striking out five. His only blemish on the day was a solo home run by Texas’ third baseman Adrian Beltre, who recored his 32nd home run of the year.

 

Cotton tossed 70 pitches, a season-low while going the season-high seven frames, the most economic day of his early, young career as he averaged just 10 pitches per inning.

 

“When you look up after six innings and you got 58 pitches, you know they’re trying to be aggressive and get on his fastball before he gets to his off-speed stuff,” Melvin said.

 

“He just continues to impress all the way around: his composure, his mix of pitches, he’s not afraid of the stage and who he’s facing.”

Photo by Eric Taylor

Photo by Eric Taylor

 

Cotton improved to 2-0 in four starts this season with a 1.44 ERA, allowing just four earned runs in 25 innings pitched so far. He’s the first A’s pitcher since the earned run became an official stat in 1913 to start his career with four straight outings of five innings or more, allowing one earned run or fewer.

 

“Today was a fun day,” said Cotton. “I feel like today was a Sunday day game. They wanted to get away and they were swinging at every pitch. I was like, ‘Thank you, just keep swinging.’”

 

Although he had one of his best days yet, Cotton was still focused on the home run ball he surrendered to Beltre.

 

“I wish I could give up no runs,” he said. “I feel like in all my starts I give up a home run, but they’re good hitters and big league guys.”

 

Oakland’s third baseman Ryon Healy went 3-for-4 with two RBI on Sunday with a solo home run to cap off the A’s big second inning.

 

“It’s a lot of fun,” Healy said about the win in the home finale. “Obviously, when you score runs it’s exciting for the team. We’ve been in a drought the past couple of days but the bats showed up today as did [Jharel] Cotton. It’s a great recipe for a victory.”

 

The A’s also had a chance to extend their 7-1 lead in the seventh frame. They loaded the bases with one out, but Maxwell grounded out into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning.

 

Oakland still had a seven-game road trip to end the season, however the win today sparked a much-needed sense of momentum for them going forward. They have a three-game series against the L.A. Angels starting on Monday and end the year with a four-game series in Seattle starting on Thursday.

 

“We walked out of here and gave the fans a positive note to leave on and hopefully build on that and bring more positivity and victories next year,” said Healy.

Bay Area

Dave Stewart + Lonnie Murray Team Officially Joins with Elaine Brown’s Dream Team to Purchase City’s Interest in Oakland Coliseum

“Better Together! We are ready and have the money to purchase the City’s interest now,” Brown said. “And we have the will and the history and the legacy to co-develop the property with the A’s, who own the other 50% interest, having purchased it from the County in 2019. A’s president Dave Kaval has expressed his support of this powerful joint venture.”

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Oakland & the World Enterprises (OAW)’s proposal was meant to influence the Oakland City Council to Vote on Proposals, Thursday, Nov. 4, in Its Closed Session and during future council deliberations. (Pictured from let: Elaine Brown, CEO of Oakland & the World Enterprises (OAW); Dave Stewart, retired Oakland A's pitcher and All Star; and Lonnie Murray, CEO of Sports Management Partners)
Oakland & the World Enterprises (OAW)’s proposal was meant to influence the Oakland City Council to Vote on Proposals, Thursday, Nov. 4, in Its Closed Session and during future council deliberations. (Pictured from let: Elaine Brown, CEO of Oakland & the World Enterprises (OAW); Dave Stewart, retired Oakland A's pitcher and All Star; and Lonnie Murray, CEO of Sports Management Partners)

Editor’s note: Below is the text of a media statement from Oakland & the World Enterprises (OAW), Elaine Brown’s group. The content was edited by Post staff.

This Dream Team’s Proposal is supported by a stellar lineup of the likes of Damien Lillard and Brian Shaw, 100 Black Men of America and Moms 4 Housing, according to the media statement.

The proposal was meant to influence the Oakland City Council to Vote on Proposals, Thursday, Nov. 4, in Its Closed Session and during future council deliberations.

“We found common ground in our vision of lifting up the Black and Brown communities of East Oakland through development of the abandoned Coliseum with Elaine Brown and her team,” Lonnie Murray stated on Tuesday.

Responding, Brown said, “Dave Stewart is committed to the same ideals to which I’ve pledged my whole life since heading the Black Panther Party, and that is why I reached out to him and Lonnie for partnership in purchasing and developing the Coliseum site.”

“Better Together! We are ready and have the money to purchase the City’s interest now,” Brown said. “And we have the will and the history and the legacy to co-develop the property with the A’s, who own the other 50% interest, having purchased it from the County in 2019. A’s president Dave Kaval has expressed his support of this powerful joint venture.”

Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart is a Black man born and raised in East Oakland, a Black man celebrated all over the world as one of MLB’s greatest pitchers, who led the Oakland A’s to its last World Series championship, the statement said.

More, though, Dave is a proud Black man who brought himself up from the streets of East Oakland to a starring role in a game that remains white dominated. He had to be better than the best in the game, and he was, in the tradition of Satchel Paige. And he is ready to put all his resources on the line for his beloved community according to the statement.

Black Girl Power!

Lonnie Murray, CEO of Sports Management Partners, is the only Black woman certified as a player agent by the MLB Players Association. In addition to the constant struggle she wages to bring more Blacks into baseball and create more opportunities for women, she represents, among others, Bruce Maxwell, the first MLB player to kneel during the National Anthem; Bianca Smith, the first Black woman hired by MLB as a baseball coach, and Marly Rivera, the first and only Latina MLB writer, the statement said.

Like Lonnie Murray, Elaine Brown is a strong Black woman who has navigated male-dominated spaces with aplomb. As the only woman who led the Black Panther Party, Elaine’s commitment to Black people, particularly in Oakland, goes back 55 years, according to the press statement.

Presently, Elaine Brown, as CEO of Oakland & the World Enterprises (OAW), is driving its mission to launch and sustain businesses for ownership by Black and other socioeconomically marginalized people, particularly formerly incarcerated people. With co-developer McCormack Baron Salazar, OAW is currently co-developing a 79-unit, 100% affordable housing complex at 7th and Campbell Streets in West Oakland, set to break ground in December, the press statement said.

“Show Me the Money”

“Incredibly, Vice Mayor Rebecca Kaplan,” according to the media statement, “is working against the Stewart-Brown union to support a proposal from a group that does not offer to pay the full purchase price on signing an agreement, does not have the experience to develop the site, but more, does not have the support of the Oakland A’s as a necessary partner.”

“The Stewart-Brown team is urging the Council not to be swayed by the smoke and mirrors of an ambitious politico who has no real commitment to the Black community,” the statement said.

“In a few days, the people of Oakland will know whether or not its Council is committed to a real community benefit that the Stewart-Brown team offers or will surrender to the personal ambition of one Council member,” the media statement concluded.

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Activism

Ask County Supervisors Not to Spend Millions in Tax Dollars on Oakland A’s Real Estate Deal

Please attend the meeting Tuesday, October 26 and express your opinion; call or e-mail your supervisor and Keith Carson, president of the Board of Supervisors, through his chief of staff Amy Shrago at (510) 272-6685 or Amy.Shrago@acgov.org

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A rendering of the proposed new A’s ballpark at the Howard Terminal site, surrounded by port cranes and warehouses. Image courtesy of MANICA Architecture.

The East Oakland Stadium Alliance (EOSA) and other groups are asking local residents to attend and speak at next week’s Alameda County Board of Supervisors meeting to oppose a proposal to spend county residents’ tax dollars to pay for the Oakland A’s massive multi-billion-dollar real estate deal at Howard Terminal at the Port of Oakland. 

Please attend the meeting Tuesday, October 26 and express your opinion; call or e-mail your supervisor and Keith Carson, president of the Board of Supervisors, through his chief of staff Amy Shrago at (510) 272-6685 or Amy.Shrago@acgov.org

The Stadium Alliance urges community members to “let (the supervisors) know that Alameda County residents don’t want our tax dollars to pay for a private luxury development. This proposal does not include privately funded community benefits and would harm our region’s economic engine – the port- putting tens of thousands of good-paying jobs at risk.”

 

“The Oakland Post’s coverage of local news in Alameda County is supported by the Ethnic Media Sustainability Initiative, a program created by California Black Media and Ethnic Media Services to support community newspapers across California.”

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Business

A’s Owner John Fisher Port Proposal No Good for Oakland

Billionaire John Fisher, owner of the A’s, has things to do before he can take over Oakland’s public port property to build malls and housing for the rich. 

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Howard Terminal on Port of Oakland Map

OPINION

Billionaire John Fisher, owner of the A’s, has things to do before he can take over Oakland’s public port property to build malls and housing for the rich. 

It is such a bad idea and the costs to the public are so ridiculous that logically it shouldn’t happen.  But this right-wing, Trump-supporting Republican has a boatload of money and a few corporation-oriented politicians to help him push it through.  

So, Oaklanders need to be active, or he might get it. Here are two of the things we need to act on: 

  1. Fisher won’t spend his own money.  So, he wants Alameda County to give up spending on things like the COVID-19 pandemic, so we residents can pay for his project with taxpayer money.  The vote on this will come up to the Board of Supervisors on October 26.  If you’d prefer that the County fund health care, housing and other resident necessities, ask them to vote “No.” Call your supervisor at 510-208-4949 and/or attend the meeting.
  2. The Oakland City Council will make the ultimate decision about Fisher’s project and there are a zillion reasons they should say “No.”  Among them: a) Fisher’s project requires that thousands of people run across the tracks of a busy railroad, which killed a number of people even before there were big crowds needing to get to their condos or a stadium.   b) And  Fisher’s project would wreck Oakland’s Port.  The “Seaport Compatibility Measures” necessary to keep the Port alive would cost hundreds of millions of dollars which would not be needed if it were not for Fisher’s project.  So, Fisher, not taxpayers, should pay for them. c)  And then there are all the other ways it will hurt the waterfront, the environment, and Port workers.

You can get contact information to reach your Council member here – https://www.oaklandca.gov/officials

Personally, any public official who votes for Fisher’s project will never get my vote again.   Call me hard-headed, but the harm to  Oakland as a working-class, multi-racial city, the harm to the ILWU (the union of Port workers, perhaps the most progressive union in America)  and the opposition of the people of East Oakland are enough to make my hard head think that’s what solidarity requires.

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