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Giants rally in the eighth for epic win over A’s

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Oakland – The Bay Bridge series is always exciting.  This battle never gets old, and tonight was an epic performance.  Eight runs scored in one frame led to the Giants rally in the eighth.  It was something you just don’t see too often in baseball especially at the Coliseum.

The A’s have been consistent in their wins but tonight, the bullpen failed and former Oakland player, Stephen Vogt capped the night off with a three-run blast against his old team.  San Francisco’s 10-5 win over the A’s was a stellar comeback.  

“Felt like we did’t get out for an hour,” said manager Bob Melvin.

The eighth inning lasted so long, Oakland used four pitchers in one frame.  Vogt had four at-bats that didn’t get him on base.  But his fifth at-bat, capped off a phenomenal offensive outburst for the Giants in the eighth.    

After Vogt lined out, Melvin made a pitching change.  Back-to-back singles from Buster Posey, and Alex Dickerson.  Evan Longoria’s RBI single drove in Posey to make it a 4-3 game.  A.J. Puk replaced Yusmeiro Petit.  A wild pitch by Puk led to Dickerson scoring to tie the game 4-4.

Puk also walked Austin Slater.  Melvin made another change, Lou Trivino replaced Puk.  Kevin Pillar cleared the bases with a double driving in both Longoria and Slater to extend their lead to 6-4.  Then pinch-hitter Donovan Solano and Brandon Crawford hit back-to-back singles.

Melvin made his final switch in the frame with Ryan Butcher replacing Trivino.  After striking out Mike Yastrzemski, Vogt went yard with a three-run home run.  That gave San Francisco a good lead, making the A’s work hard to dig their way out of a hole too deep.

“I think we have to just move on from this one, we’ve been playing well up to this point,” Melvin said.  “We just basically had a bad inning today.”

“It’s just one game, it is what it is,” said Chris Bassitt.  “We can make this a huge deal but it’s just one game.  Lick your wounds, come in tomorrow and do your job.”

Oakland was in control early on, Mark Canha went deep in the second recording his 20th home run.  Josh Phegley’s RBI single in the second made it a 2-0 A’s lead.  Crawford went yard in the fifth to cut the lead in half.  But Oakland’s offense stayed hot.

By the sixth, Bassitt gave up a double to Dickerson and Longoria followed with a single scoring in Dickerson in to tie the game 2-2.  That knocked Bassitt out of the game, and the bullpen took over.  Profar Jurickson led off the frame bottom of the inning with a single.  Phegley’s sacrifice bunt advanced Jurickson to third.  Marcus Semien’s RBI single made it a 3-2 game.  And Matt Olson’s RBI singled drove in Semien to extend the A’s lead 4-2.

The Battle of the Bay Bridge series is always exciting.  Oakland opened up up Mount Davis to accommodate the 53,367 fans that showed up for the series.  With both teams making a push for the postseason, the Bay Bridge series focuses on the rivalry across the bridge.  Vogt a fan favorite in Oakland, had missed the entire 2018 season rehabbing from shoulder injury after he was released by the A’s.

“It was really special for me with the fans,” Vogt said.  I was very moved by them cheering.  The way that I was received the first time back, it really meant a  lot to me.  Obviously, this is a special place for me and for my family.  To come back and have the fans say ‘Thank you’ or ‘Hi’, it was a very neat moment.”

Notes – In Bruce Bochy’s final farewell tour, A’s manager Bob Melvin gifted him with a bottle of red wine from the team.  

Photo by Michael Urakami/MLB

“It’s always a lot of fun (Bay Bridge Series) especially with Mount Davis opened (upper level seating at the Coliseum),” said Melvin.  “As far as Bochy goes, I guess I’ll have a few more wins in my pocket once he retires.  He’s been so big for the Giants and what he’s accomplished.  

He’s been a friend of mine for a long time, we talk quite a bit.  Its hard not to like the opposing team whens he’s over there.  He’s one of the greatest of all time and will be headed to the Hall of Fame, deservingly so.  It’ll be kinda weird knowing this is that last time he’ll managing in Oakland.”

Photo by Michelle Minahen/Oakland Athletics

Athletics Director and head coach, John Beam threw out the first pitch for the A’s vs Giants game.  Beam led his Laney College football team to the State Championship and won in 2018.  He was recognized as leading the #1 team in the nation and as the California Community College Football Coach of the Year.

“I have been coaching football for 40 years,” said Beam.  “I stay in it because of the kids.  I get paid to have fun.”

Before Beam began his career at Laney, he was the head football coach at Skyline High school for 22 years.  The next chapter of his life began as Laney’s Running Backs coach in 2004, and in 2005 he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator where he led an explosive offense that won 3 conference championships and five straight bowl game appearances.  By 2012, Beam was named head coach.

“My assistants are unbelievable, many are Skyline graduates,” Beam explained.  “Friendships that started off as student-teacher developed over time and that’s what I like about this job because I can see those transformations.  People say its a new generation but the kids still want to learn and be taught how to play the game, and we enjoy that.”  

The A’s have been a huge contributor to Oakland schools and community colleges.  They donated $100,000 to the Peralta Community College District after their offer to build a ballpark next door to Laney was shutdown.  Another commitment from the A’s is to support the Peralta College Workforce Development Program.  Which will honor four scholarships annually for student studying business, digital media, communications and technology.

“The A’s have been phenomenal partners with us (Laney College) and with Oakland,” Beam said.  “Our championship rings, the A’s helped pay for them.”  I appreciate the A’s bringing me here to throw out the first pitch.  I wish I would’ve done better with that pitch but [Marcus] Jensen (A’s Bullpen Coach) did good by catching my grounder.”

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Oakland Welcomes a New Baseball Team to Compensate for Oakland A’s Departure

Before a City Council meeting in early November, Mayor Sheng Thao held a rally with fans to call on the A’s owners to vote to stay in the Bay Area. In a show of solidarity, the City Council voted to approve a resolution that asserted its support for the A’s and appealed to MLB owners to keep the team rooted in Oakland. Despite the appeals, the owners decided to go ahead with their plan to move to Las Vegas, making this Oakland’s second major sports team since the Raiders exited in 2020 to play at Allegiant Stadium.

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The Oakland Ballers, or Oakland B’s logo. Courtesy image.
The Oakland Ballers, or Oakland B’s logo. Courtesy image.

By Magaly Muñoz, Post Staff

The city of Oakland is welcoming a new baseball team, the Oakland Ballers, only weeks after the Oakland A’s unanimously decided to relocate to Las Vegas.

The team’s owners, Bryan Carmel and Paul Freedman, who refer to themselves as the Oakland B’s, held a press conference in late November to announce their new minor league team with the intention to “steal back Oakland’s baseball legacy.”

“In Oakland, sometimes we win, sometimes we lose, but we always bring it,” Carmel said.

Before a City Council meeting in early November, Mayor Sheng Thao held a rally with fans to call on the A’s owners to vote to stay in the Bay Area. In a show of solidarity, the City Council voted to approve a resolution that asserted its support for the A’s and appealed to MLB owners to keep the team rooted in Oakland.

Despite the appeals, the owners decided to go ahead with their plan to move to Las Vegas, making this Oakland’s second major sports team since the Raiders exited in 2020 to play at Allegiant Stadium.

Thao was present at the press conference, alongside others, including City Council President Nikki Fortunato-Bas and Oakland rapper Mistah F.A.B. There, she expressed her enthusiasm for the new sports team.

“The Ballers will be ambassadors for the town and demonstrate our spirit, hustle, and resilience to the world. Let’s play ball, Oakland!” said Thao.

The B’s will be a part of the Pioneer League, an independent baseball league that operates in the Rocky Mountain region of the United States. The team will play at Laney College starting May 2024.

Tyler Peterson, assistant general manager for the B’s, said the team coming to Oakland brings opportunities for everyone involved.

Ball players who weren’t drafted straight out of college or who did get drafted but aren’t performing up to expectations have the opportunity to join the B’s and build up their skills with the team.

“We want to be able to offer them [players] high visibility, opportunities to get themselves in front of Major League scouts,” Peterson shared.

Peterson told the Post that nine players have already been signed onto the team, and over 60 inquiries have come through from players all over the country. The names of the players will soon be announced to the public soon.

The B’s will have one of the lowest contract buyouts for players in the league — $5,000 — making it more enticing for major league teams to scout players from their roster. Peterson revealed that the Ballers also intend to give back to the community by donating a portion of the buyout money to local charities.

Oakland sports has taken massive hits over the last decade, with major teams relocating one after the other. The Golden State Warriors moved in 2019 to Chase Stadium in San Francisco, the A’s are set to leave as early as 2025, and the Raiders left in 2020. Oakland was among several cities considered for a WNBA expansion team but was also passed up in favor of San Francisco.

Peterson said they reject the idea that Oakland isn’t a pro-sports town, and although they can never replicate the A’s impact, he affirmed that the B’s are here to stay for good.

“We aren’t going to dictate to the fans what we are because we’re supposed to be for Oakland by Oakland,” Peterson explained. “We want this to be something for Oakland to celebrate and something that we all need.”

Peterson revealed that the team has received an overwhelmingly positive response since their announcement, and they are excited to get started.

The B’s have secured $2 million in seed funding from investors, and fans will have the opportunity to become part owners of the team through a public crowdfunding campaign.

The Oakland Ballers inaugural home game is scheduled for June 4, 2024.

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Mayor Thao, Rebecca Kaplan Back Resolution Endorsing Barbara Lee’s “Moneyball Act” Legislation

On June 28 the Oakland City Council will vote on Mayor Sheng Thao and Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan’s resolution in support of Congressmember Barbara Lee’s “Moneyball Act” legislation at the 3:30 p.m. Special Council meeting. The Moneyball Act would require any professional baseball club that relocates more than 25 miles from its previous location to compensate the state and local authorities they relocate from; and subject Major League Baseball (MLB) to Anti-Trust Laws if professional baseball clubs do not comply.

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Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao (left) and Oakland Councilmember at-large Rebecca Kaplan. Post file photos.
Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao (left) and Oakland Councilmember at-large Rebecca Kaplan. Post file photos.

On June 28 the Oakland City Council will vote on Mayor Sheng Thao and Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan’s resolution in support of Congressmember Barbara Lee’s “Moneyball Act” legislation at the 3:30 p.m. Special Council meeting.

The Moneyball Act would require any professional baseball club that relocates more than 25 miles from its previous location to compensate the state and local authorities they relocate from; and subject Major League Baseball (MLB) to Anti-Trust Laws if professional baseball clubs do not comply.

“The Moneyball Act will ensure that no city and community is left behind when billionaires decide that Lee. “The Oakland Athletics have been an institution of the East Bay for over half a century. I want to thank Mayor Thao and Councilmember Kaplan for supporting our federal efforts to keep the A’s rooted in Oakland and for their commitment to our community.”

The current antitrust exemption granted to MLB is a direct result of the unique value that individual sports teams bring to their communities. However, the incentivization of professional baseball clubs to leave their home cities and relocate to other markets has raised questions about the continued validity of the legal and public policy bases for MLB’s antitrust exemption.

“I commend Congressmember Barbara Lee for defending the rights of communities like Oakland, along with many others across the nation, that are struggling to fight corporate greed in sports. The Moneyball Act will rectify Oakland’s current situation by ensuring fair compensation as a result of losing revenue, jobs, and commerce should the A’s relocate, Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan states. 

As the Councilmember who represents the entire city of Oakland and Chair of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, we have worked diligently to bring about a thriving future, including sports, entertainment, job opportunities, and more. This includes providing substantial opportunities for the A’s. Communities, taxpayers, workers, and fans all deserve to be treated with respect,” said Kaplan.

The relocation of clubs to new cities can sever the bonds established between franchises and their communities, leading to adverse economic effects and a loss of revenue, jobs, and commerce for the former host communities.

As demonstrated in the relocation of the Oakland Athletics (A’s), which was supported and encouraged by MLB, there are deep and inequitable impacts on the local community, especially the East Oakland community where the A’s have called their home for 50 years.

Thao states: “The A’s have been a treasured part of the Oakland community for more than a half century, and the City and fans have repeatedly shown our commitment to keeping the A’s ‘rooted in Oakland.’ That history and deep commitment shouldn’t be thrown aside lightly.”

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Oakland Mayor Thao, Councilmember Kaplan Announce Resolution in Support of Representatives Lee and DeSaulnier’s ‘Moneyball Act’ Legislation

Mayor Sheng Thao and Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan announced their resolution in support of Congressmembers Barbara Lee and Mark Desaulnier’s “Moneyball Act” legislation that would require any professional baseball club that relocates more than 25 miles from its previous location to compensate the state and local authorities they relocate from; and subject Major League Baseball (MLB) to Anti-Trust Laws if professional baseball clubs do not comply.

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Mayor Sheng Thao

Mayor Sheng Thao and Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan announced their resolution in support of Congressmembers Barbara Lee and Mark Desaulnier’s “Moneyball Act” legislation that would require any professional baseball club that relocates more than 25 miles from its previous location to compensate the state and local authorities they relocate from; and subject Major League Baseball (MLB) to Anti-Trust Laws if professional baseball clubs do not comply.

On Thursday day, the Rules and Legislation Committee approved the resolution to be scheduled for a vote at the June 28 City Council meeting.

The current antitrust exemption granted to MLB is a direct result of the unique value that individual sports teams bring to their communities.

However, the incentivization of professional baseball clubs to leave their home cities and relocate to other markets has raised questions about the continued validity of the legal and public policy bases for MLB’s antitrust exemption.

The relocation of clubs to new cities can sever the bonds established between franchises and their communities, leading to adverse economic effects and a loss of revenue, jobs, and commerce for the former host communities.

As demonstrated in the relocation of the Oakland Athletics (A’s), which was supported and encouraged by MLB, there are deep and inequitable impacts on the local community, especially the East Oakland community where the A’s have called their home for 50 years.

Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan stated:  “I commend Congressmembers Barbara Lee and Mark DeSaulnier for defending the rights of communities like Oakland, along with many others across the nation, that are struggling to fight corporate greed in sports.

“The Moneyball Act will rectify Oakland’s current situation by ensuring fair compensation as a result of losing revenue, jobs, and commerce should the A’s relocate,” she said.

“As the Councilmember who represents the entire City of Oakland and chair of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority, we have worked diligently to bring about a thriving future, including sports, entertainment, job opportunities, and more,” Kaplan said. “This includes providing substantial opportunities for the A’s. Communities, taxpayers, workers, and fans all deserve to be treated with respect.”

Mayor Sheng Thao states: “The A’s have been a treasured part of the Oakland community for more than a half century, and the City and fans have repeatedly shown our commitment to keeping the A’s ‘rooted in Oakland.’ That history and deep commitment shouldn’t be thrown aside lightly. Once again, Congressmembers Lee and DeSaulnier are bringing plain common sense to the table, and we appreciate their steadfast support.”

From the media relations offices of Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao and City Councilmember at-Large Rebecca Kaplan.

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