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Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) rounds third base after hitting a grand slam in the 8th inning against the Minnesota Twins to extend their lead to 7-3 at the Oakland Coliseum on July 4, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien named MVP finalist

Miguel Tejada was last Oakland A’s player to win MVP

Oakland Athletics shortstop Marcus Semien (10) rounds third base after hitting a grand slam in the 8th inning against the Minnesota Twins to extend their lead to 7-3 at the Oakland Coliseum on July 4, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland A’s 3rd baseman Matt Chapman (26) poses with former A’s player Eric Chavez after receiving the Rawlings Gold Glove award at the Coliseum on March 24, 2019 in Oakland, California.

A’s Matt Olson, Matt Chapman win Gold Gloves

Oakland’s corner infielders win back-to-back Gold Gloves

Oakland A’s 3rd baseman Matt Chapman (26) poses with former A’s player Eric Chavez after receiving the Rawlings Gold Glove award at the Coliseum on March 24, 2019 in Oakland, California.
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (left) lines-up next to hitting coach Hensley Meulens (second from left) and Ron Wotus (center) at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

On Sports Media: Chris Russo talks Bochy managing, 49ers

Chris Russo made waves during an interview with Bruce Bochy where he said he’d like to manage again

  • Nov 3, 2019
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (left) lines-up next to hitting coach Hensley Meulens (second from left) and Ron Wotus (center) at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics short stop Marcus Semien (10) fields a ground ball in the 8th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Oakland Coliseum on Oct. 2, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

Semien, Chapman, Grossman and Olson named Gold Glove finalists

Marcus Semien’s two-year streak of being a Gold Glove finalist was unthinkable nine years ago

Oakland Athletics short stop Marcus Semien (10) fields a ground ball in the 8th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at the Oakland Coliseum on Oct. 2, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler before the Phillies played the Miami Marlins on Sept. 27, 2019. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

On Sports Media: Who’s predicting the next Giants manager?

National media handicaps who will be the next San Francisco Giants skipper

  • Oct 13, 2019
Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler before the Phillies played the Miami Marlins on Sept. 27, 2019. (Yong Kim/The Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin addresses the media during the team’s post-season press conference on Oct. 3, 2019 at the Oakland Coliseum. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

A’s catcher Sean Murphy undergoes knee surgery

Young Oakland catcher will be back in time for spring training

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin addresses the media during the team’s post-season press conference on Oct. 3, 2019 at the Oakland Coliseum. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin addresses the media during the team’s post-season press conference on Oct. 3, 2019 at the Oakland Coliseum. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

For the A’s, optimism beyond the pain

Oakland A’s post-mortem shows a bright future for a franchise still stinging from wild card loss

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin addresses the media during the team’s post-season press conference on Oct. 3, 2019 at the Oakland Coliseum. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea (55) starts against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the American League Wild Card game at the Oakland Coliseum on October 2, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

Once again, home runs sink Athletics in wild card game

Oakland Athletics starter Sean Manaea allows three homers, A’s can’t recover against Rays

Oakland Athletics pitcher Sean Manaea (55) starts against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the American League Wild Card game at the Oakland Coliseum on October 2, 2019 in Oakland, Calif. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
Wild Card Game: Marcus Semien is a home-grown MVP candidate

Wild Card Game: Marcus Semien is a home-grown MVP candidate

Marcus Semien had never been to a playoff game at the Oakland Coliseum until leading off Wednesday

Wild Card Game: Marcus Semien is a home-grown MVP candidate
San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi addresses the media in hist post-season press conference at Oracle Park on Oct. 1, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)

Kolsky: Giants back are in the business of selling hope

After a better-than-expected start to rebuild, San Francisco has a path forward

San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi addresses the media in hist post-season press conference at Oracle Park on Oct. 1, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / SF Examiner)
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea throws in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on Friday, June 22, 2018. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Sean Manaea will start wild card game for A’s

Oakland left-hander will face the Tampa Bay Rays in Wednesday’s winner-take-all game

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sean Manaea throws in the first inning against the Chicago White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago on Friday, June 22, 2018. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
San Francisco Giants grounds crew members take down the bullpen mound down the left field line on Oct. 1, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Giants moving forward with ballpark changes, bullpen move

Oracle Park will look different when San Francisco fans return next spring

San Francisco Giants grounds crew members take down the bullpen mound down the left field line on Oct. 1, 2019. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (left) lines-up next to hitting coach Hensley Meulens (second from left) and Ron Wotus (center) at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants to interview Ron Wotus, Hensley Meulens for manager

Veteran Giants coaches will be considered to replace old boss Bruce Bochy

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (left) lines-up next to hitting coach Hensley Meulens (second from left) and Ron Wotus (center) at Oracle Park on September 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi prepares to address the media during his season post-mortem on Oct. 1, 2019, at Oracle Park in San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)

Giants’ Farhan Zaidi has busy offseason ahead

After unexpectedly competing in 2019, Giants move Year Two of rebuild with hard decisions to make

San Francisco Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi prepares to address the media during his season post-mortem on Oct. 1, 2019, at Oracle Park in San Francisco. (Ryan Gorcey / S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) heads up the dugout steps for his last managerial game for the Giants against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on Sept. 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Hats off to Bochy: Giants drop finale, celebrate retiring skipper

As Bruce Bochy’s managerial career ends, what will endure will be the humanity he brought to baseball

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) heads up the dugout steps for his last managerial game for the Giants against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on Sept. 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball crew, including Bay Area native Matt Vasgersian (front), Stanford grad Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez. (Courtesy / ESPN)

For Vasgersian the A’s wild card game is a homecoming

Bay Area native Matt Vasgersian will be on the call for an AL wild card game involving the A’s

  • Sep 29, 2019
ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball crew, including Bay Area native Matt Vasgersian (front), Stanford grad Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez. (Courtesy / ESPN)
Oakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson (30) starts against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 13, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).

Athletics to host wild card game on Wednesday

With win over Mariners on Saturday, and a Tampa Bay loss, Oakland will come home for wild card

Oakland Athletics pitcher Brett Anderson (30) starts against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 13, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner).
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) at Oracle Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Logan Webb tosses a gem, but Giants shut out by Dodgers

San Francisco can’t solve Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, Bochy gets key to city

  • Sep 28, 2019
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy (15) at Oracle Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds (25) speaks about former team President Peter Magowan who was being honored and inducted onto the Giants team Wall of Fame at Oracle Park on September 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Bumgarner won’t start Bochy’s finale, Peter Magowan honored

Madison Bumgarner insists he’s not disappointed, but retiring manager wants to save his arm

  • Sep 28, 2019
Former San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds (25) speaks about former team President Peter Magowan who was being honored and inducted onto the Giants team Wall of Fame at Oracle Park on September 28, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco Giants second baseman Mauricio Dubon prepares to step on deck as he stands next to manager Bruce Bochy in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on Sept. 27, 2019 in San Francisco. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)

Giants can’t cash in, Dodgers do in 9-2 win over San Francisco

San Francisco strands a record 17 runners in penultimate game against rivals in 2019

  • Sep 27, 2019
San Francisco Giants second baseman Mauricio Dubon prepares to step on deck as he stands next to manager Bruce Bochy in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on Sept. 27, 2019 in San Francisco. (Chris Victorio | Special to S.F. Examiner)