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Pomeranz, A’s Shutout Mariners

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Oakland, CA – Off to a great start. The A’s scored a season-high twelve run including six runs in the fourth inning, their most in an inning this season. Oakland also snapped their season-opening four-game streak of committing ay least one error. The streak matched the longest by an A’s team over the last 39 years.

 

“That’s a pretty tough lineup to navigate your way through, and he had everything working,” said Oakland manager Bob Melvin. “You could see in the first inning with the strikeouts, elevated when he had to, was on the corners when he needed to, the curveball was going, just had it all working tonight.”

 

The A’s wasted no time in scoring their first three runs off righty Taijuan Walker in his first start of the season. Drew Pomeranz tossed a career-high tying seven innings and shutout the Mariners 12-0. Mark Canha went 3-for-5 while Oakland put up the hits to back their ace who is 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA.

 

“Honestly, I got a little tight when I was in between innings because we were scoring so many runs,” Pomeranz said. “I think it really made me pitch, really made me go out there and have to pitch to guys.”

 

Canha got the first hit to get things started, Ben Zobrist followed with a RBI double to give the A’s a 1-0 lead. Ike Davis hit a bloop single to center field and scored in Zobrist. Stephen Vogt got in on the action with a RBI single making it a 3-0 game. Vogt has now hit safely in each of the four games he’s played in.

 

Canha is now 6 RBI’s and seven hits through his first three games. He was hot tonight, blasting a two-run homer to left field in the second. Canha recorded his first home run in the Major Leagues. He went 3-for-5 in the cycle with three runs, a home run and two RBI’s.

 

“It’s good to get the first one off your back,” said Canha referring to his first home run. “It’s three games, it’s a long season, and I’m just going to come to the park each day and prepare the same way and try to replicate swings.”

 

The RBI’s an hits by Canha ties the most by an Oakland player since 1920 for RBI’s. And hits in the first three games since 1914 along with Jim Poole (7), Spook Jacobs (7), Ramon Hernandez (7), and Ben Grieve (7).

 

By the fourth the A’s put on a hitting clinic scoring six runs. Davis with a two-run double and Semien scored in another two runs on a single advancing to second on an error in right field. Oakland leading by 11-0 in the fourth is a true testament that this team can hit while providing excellent defense at the same time.

 

“He pitched really good,” Cano said. “He was throwing strikes. It gives you more chances to throw pitches the way you want when they score early. They scored five and it gives you a breather to your starter. And, boy, you have t give him credit for the way he pitched tonight.”

 

Pomeranz left nothing over the plate and as a result only gave up one hit to Austin Jackson in the third. He hit a single to left field but the A’s defense shut that down quickly. Robinson Cano followed by grounding into a double play ending the inning and leaving Seattle frustrated by not getting on base.

 

By the seventh Jackson singled on a ground ball to center field but Cano grounded into a force out, pitcher Pomeranz to shortstop Semien. Jackson was out at second and Cano was safe at first. Nelson Cruz popped out to first baseman Ike Davis in foul territory to end the threat.

 

Pomeranz allowed two hits and struck out six. His performance was another spectacular outing for opening up a series. This is Oakland’s second win and shutout on a series opener. The bullpen came in the eighth giving up a leadoff hit to Kyle Seager and a free pass to Justin Ruggaino. But a force out, pop out, and a ground out sent the Mariners back to the outfield leaving runners stranded.

 

“Hopefully we’ll come out tomorrow and do what we’ve been doing and score 10 and not one,” said Davis.

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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