What happened to Oakland being the Bay Area’s black hole for sports? Not anymore, it isn’t. Thanks in large part to their incredibly dramatic sweep of the New York Yankees last weekend and a failed trade for Hanley Ramirez this week, the A’s are national news now, on and off the field. The Giants are suddenly playing second fiddle. Read More
Issue: Freddy Sanchez and Opening Day.
Analysis: In short, don’t hold your breath.
And if that surprises you, you haven’t been paying very close attention. Not only has Sanchez been slow to heal from his myriad injuries since climbing aboard the Good Ship Orange and Black, but it’s March 15 and he hasn’t yet played defense in a Cactus League game. Read More
Issue: Is Yoenis Cespedes ready?
Analysis: Oh, good lord, yes. If this guy spends a day in the minor leagues, the A’s are nuts.
I can say this because I returned Tuesday from a six-day trip to the desert, and I made a point to observe and learn as much about Cespedes as possible (while giving equal time to taking in all things Giants). Read More
Mychael Urban, the Comcast SportsNet Bay Area baseball insider and former San Francisco Examiner columnist, has been a member of the Bay Area media since 1991 and has been following Barry Bonds throughout his career and retirement.How do you think this conviction will affect Bonds’ legacy? To be honest with you, no matter how it shook out, it seemed inconsequential in the big picture regarding Barry Bonds’ legacy. Read More