When the raw sewage backed up into the A’s clubhouse on Sunday, it was the perfect symbol for the way Major League Baseball has handled the team’s situation regarding a proposed new ballpark in San Jose.
For four years, as a “blue ribbon panel” appointed by MLB has examined the situation, the process of finding the A’s a suitable new place to play baseball has been stalemated, creating a clogged-up pipeline that should be flowing smoothly to a logical solution but instead has become an embarrassment to the sport.
And the end result, both metaphorically and in real life, is a goop of stink.
- Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News
Bruce Bochy is doing things a bit differently these days. With all the players he has in sickbay, making adjustments is part of the job description.
However, Padres manager Bud Black got the better of Bochy’s Giants on Monday night with an unusual move of his own.
The Giants lost 5-3 in 13 innings, and a starting pitcher who served as a pinch-hitter got the game-deciding hit. Black summoned Andrew Cashner to bat with runners at the corners and no outs, and Cashner put down a perfect squeeze to the left of third baseman Joaquin Arias, who had no play.
- John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle
Over the past couple of years, Woodson’s age has begun to catch up with his body. From a broken collarbone to a hamstring injury, health has suddenly become an issue for the 16-year veteran. If he can stay healthy in 2013, though, he should have no problem making an instant impact for the Raiders.
No matter the reasoning behind their signing of Woodson, the Raiders appear to have gotten a quality starter out of the whole deal. We’ll see soon enough if the aging veteran can make his mark on the Oakland secondary.
- Gil Alcaraz IV, Rant Sports