A’s president Dave Kaval maintained Tuesday that the team will announce its location to build a new Oakland ballpark within this calendar year. “Obviously we’re working as quickly as we can to make the announcement as soon as possible,” Kaval said during a news conference Tuesday. “At that time, we’ll not only let folks know what the final location is, but also the timeline to actually develop the ballpark, all the different approval processes and also the groundbreaking and the opening date. Just how much approval is needed at the legislative level, local and statewide, depends on which of three locations the A’s ultimately decide on — a waterfront venue at Howard Terminal, near Jack London Square; a neighborhood ballpark next to Laney College; or a 21st century jewel built right on the site of their current home at the Coliseum.
A few fellow ball writers and I have taken to celebrating draft day by recalling our favorite old scouting descriptors, some of which are real, some made up but close enough to sound sort of legit. Think of these being side-mouth mumbled by a well-tanned
OAKLAND — Stephen Vogt made an unexpected appearance in left field Wednesday night, and his performance got approval from a pretty good outfield authority. Former A’s teammate Josh Reddick was watching from the Houston Astros’ dugout and thought the catcher-by-trade handled himself very well. “I was talking to (Houston manager) A.J. (Hinch) and I said, ‘It’s gonna be interesting because you know at least one ball’s gonna get to him,’” Reddick said. “You start laughing because four of the five that were hit that inning were hit to him.” With the A’s bench short-handed, manager Bob Melvin sent Vogt to left after he pinch-hit for Rajai Davis, and indeed Vogt got a workout throughout the top of the