Don't plan on Tejada in Green & Gold


Don't plan on Tejada in Green & Gold

So what to make of Miguel Tejada and his request to join Manny Ramirez as the oldest three-four hitting combo since slo-pitch softball?

Uhh, nothing. Nothing will come of it. Billy Beane has made his splash for the elderly, and there wont be a second.

But ridiculing Tejada? Not here. He wanted to play. He wants a better send-off than the one he provided himself in San Francisco. If that is selfish, well, most of baseball is. Its not like hed demanding a place, or that he deserves one. He said hes available, nothing more.

And thats your classic no-harm no-foul case.

Tejada isnt owed an opportunity, this we know. He offered many great years to the As, and he was paid well for them -- a fair exchange by any accounting. He is owed respect for those years, which included the 2002 AL MVP, and it is fair to say he has received it.

But he is certainly allowed to offer his services in these, the twilight days of his career. Or, more likely, the closing time of his career.

The point, essentially, is that this is an interesting bit of story from Susan Slusser of La Cronica, and it can be a bit of a talker, but neither offering or declining that offer creates much of a tavern argument.

And why? Because 40-year-olds three years removed from their last productive season dont get asked to kick in some more. Ramirez is a gamble for that very reason, and many people think Beane is daft to have signed him, even if he is playing essentially for free.

But Ramirez is different than Tejada; a much better power hitter, and has only that one job. Tejada would play third base as well as hit, and probably no better than he did in San Francisco.

In short, the As have already shown too much of a liking for past-it players, and to double up now is not just daft, its full-on mad.

Put another way, it was Moneyball, not Geronto-ball.

Tejada just got in too late, and offered a skill set that the As arent interested in having. No harm in that, just as theres no harm in asking. So there will be no ridicule here, not when Tiger Woods is dealing with suggestions that he wanted to play Charlie Sheens role in the remake of Navy SEALS.

Ray Ratto is a columnist for

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017

Instant Analysis: Five takeaways from A's first road sweep of 2017


The A’s sprung to life offensively in the late innings Sunday and polished off their first road sweep of 2017.

They scored all five of their runs over the final three innings to beat the Chicago White Sox 5-3, continuing an odd stretch of streakiness. The A’s swept the New York Yankees in four at the Coliseum, then turned around and dropped four in a row to the Houston Astros before arriving in Chicago and taking all three from the Sox. It’s their first sweep on the road since they won four in Kansas City from Sept. 12-15 of last season.

The weekend’s events provided a morale boost for a team that began the series an American League-worst 9-25 away from home. The sweep also featured numerous contributions from a pack of recently promoted young players fresh from the minors.

The A’s had no answer for left-hander Derek Holland through six-plus innings, mustering just four hits off the veteran. But trailing 2-0, they got on the board with Jed Lowrie’s pinch-hit RBI double in the seventh. The next inning, Khris Davis singled home the tying run and Yonder Alonso followed with a go-ahead single down the left-field line to put the A’s up 3-2.

They tacked on two insurance runs in the ninth on back-to-back homers from Adam Rosales and Matt Joyce.

Sonny rebounds: Sonny Gray (3-3) avoided the early trouble that plagued his last start, working seven innings and being rewarded with a victory thanks to the A’s eighth-inning rally. He struck out seven and walked just one. That was a key as Gray had issued seven free passes combined in his previous two starts. Adam Engel hit a 2-1 fastball for a homer in the third, then Jose Abreu scored on a passed ball in the fourth to give Chicago a 2-0 lead. But Gray held the Sox to just four hits over his seven innings.

Sign of things to come? Franklin Barreto got a look as the No. 2 hitter in the order Sunday, a spot that some scouts feel he’ll be well suited for as his career unfolds. He singled to the opposite field in his first at-bat, then struck out looking in his next two trips to the plate. In the eighth, his broken-bat single to left jumpstarted Oakland’s two-run go-ahead rally. Barreto is 4-for-10 in his first two games with the big club.

Joyce provides a lift off the bench: Joyce entered as a pinch runner in the seventh and connected for his 10th homer, right after Rosales had gone deep himself. Joyce became the fourth Athletic to crack double figures in homers, and the A’s improved to 31-26 when they hit at least one home run (they’re 3-16 when they don’t).

Doo does it again: Lefty reliever Sean Doolittle continued to deal since coming off the disabled list. He threw a scoreless eighth with two strikeouts and has allowed just one hit over five innings in six appearances since his return.

An unwanted milestone: The Sox scored their second run on a passed ball by Josh Phegley, which accounted for Oakland’s 50th unearned run, most in the majors. They had just 43 unearned runs all of last season.

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

Former A's catcher Stephen Vogt claimed by NL Central team

A new team believes in Stephen Vogt.

The former A's catcher, who was designated for assignment on Thursday, was claimed by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday.

The A's announced the transaction shortly before their game against the White Sox.

News of the Brewers making the waiver claim was first reported by ESPN.

The Brewers were the only team to place a waiver claim on Vogt, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

Vogt, a clubhouse leader and one of the longest tenured A's, hit just .217 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 54 games this season.