OAKLAND — As a boy on a Brooklyn neighborhood basketball court, Chris Mullin never gave much thought to anything other than the inflated rubber ball in his hand.
But as two rundown hoops were torn down Thursday at Oakland’s Arroyo Viejo Recreation Center as part of groundbreaking ceremony with dozens of children on hand, the retired longtime Warrior and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer couldn’t help but to be reminded of his past. Read More
PHOENIX -- The dynasty started 40 years ago in 1972. The A’s won a World Series. Then another. Then another, an achievement since unmatched.
This is going to be a season of celebration, of memories, and two of the greats from the era, Rollie Fingers and Bert Campaneris, stopped by spring training before a recent exhibition game, living reminders of the way it was.Such a glorious past for the A’s. Such a problematical future. Read More
Issue: Running wild?
Analysis: The Giants, buoyed by the arrival of outfielders Angel Pagan and Melky Cabrera, are placing an emphasis on aggressive baserunning this spring. Read More
PHOENIX-- Green-collar baseball? When Manny Ramirez is in camp for the A’s, it’s green do-rag baseball. It’s “Guess who’s in the cage?” baseball. It’s “Can he still do it?” baseball.
It hasn’t been like this for a while at Papago Park, the A’s training complex, a ball player who has to be watched, if even to find out whether he still deserves to be watched.
He won’t be eligible to play until May 30, the day on which Manuel Aristides Ramirez turns 40. Read More
BART has resumed normal service after a fatality occurred on the tracks in Oakland on Monday night.A train operator reported that a man was struck and killed by a Richmond-bound train at MacArthur station at around 6:50 p.m., BART spokesman Jim Allison said."It does not appear foul play was involved but our detectives are investigating," Allison said.The fatality caused major delays in all directions as emergency crews responded. Read More
Scott Sizemore’s season is over before it even began.
The A’s announced Monday the third baseman will miss all of 2012 after he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee.
Sizemore, who batted .249 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 93 games last year with Oakland, sustained the injury in the team’s first full-squad workout Saturday. Read More
San Francisco police have arrested a suspect in a fatal beating death in the Tenderloin last fall, they said. Jarrett Earl Campbell, 41, of San Francisco, was detained Tuesday in Oakland, police said. Campbell was booked into San Francisco County Jail and charged with murder in the death of David Hutching. Hutching, 42, was brutally beaten in an Oct. 14 attack in the 400 block of Ellis Street. He succumbed to his injuries Oct. 26. Read More
Issue: Manny Ramirez’s arrival
Analysis: Still looking for the downside to signing the disgraced slugger? Might want to pack a lunch. Outside of taking at-bats from some youngsters this spring while Oakland’s brass determines whether Manny can still mash and merits a roster spot when his 50-game suspension is up, there really isn’t one. Read More
The A’s? “Team Irrelevant”? Grabbing supposedly the best Cuban baseball playing defector available, Yoenis Cespedes, for $36 million? Then signing Manny Ramirez? The A’s?
Welcome to the New World of Moneyball. No longer when a journalist asks GM Billy Beane whether we’ll recognize any members of the A’s will he be able to respond, if tongue in cheek, “Do you ever?” Read More
Oakland gangsta rapper Philthy Rich says cops don’t have any dirt on him.The artist, 29-year-old Philip Beasely, has accused San Francisco cops of slandering his reputation with bogus allegations after he was arrested on suspicion of driving a stolen 2011 Bentley early Monday. Read More