Source: 5 Cal sports not dead -- 11th hour reprieve

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Source: 5 Cal sports not dead -- 11th hour reprieve

Jan. 31, 2011

Scott ReissCSNBayArea.com

Thepush to save five Cal varsity teams,including baseball and rugby, advanced Monday as the supposed deadline to eliminate them loomed.

Monday was reportedly the university'sdeadline for a final decision on those sports but a source close tothe situation told CSNBayArea.com there will be a "few days reprieve" amidst hopes that the effort could be met by a positive report from the UC Berkeley Chancellor. The Save Cal Sports group reportedly has raised16 million in an effort to save the five teams -- baseball, rugby, men's and women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area was provided a copy of the most recent email from the Save the Cal Baseball committee, which is reaching out for more pledges. According to Save Cal Sports' Web site, the University and the Chancellor's office "have stated that the number for reinstatement of all five programs is 25 million."

The following is correspondence from the Save Cal Baseball committee obtained by CSNBayArea.com:

Cal Baseballers: I know many of you are anxious to know the latest status of our Cal Baseball Program after the recent article in the San Francisco Chronicle. Here is what I have for you after my conversation with Doug Nickle.

1st of all. Monday is NOT the drop dead date for the decision on the fate of Cal Baseball. Nextweek will begin further talk and evaluation as to where we are in our fundraising efforts to save the program. There will be verification of the funds that have been pledged to our cause and then analysis of how close we are to meeting the financial demands that the Chancellor and AD feel that we have meet in order to sustain the Program. At the end of the week we hope to have a better idea of howmuch further we have to go or whether we have done enough, at this point, to gain reinstatement.
Nothing is engraved in stone but we are close enough to meeting their number to where it issafe to say that if you are sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what will happen next or what will happen with Sandy Barbour or what will happen with Dave Esquer---GET OFF THE SIDELINES AND STEP UP WITH YOUR PLEDGE!. That may just be enough to push us over in their eyes.I know the process the University is making us go through may not sit well with many of you.But, after many hours of meetings and communication with the Chancellors Office and the AD by the committee members representing OUR Program they feel that the positive approach that is beingtaken is the best way to achieve our 1st and most important goalThe Reinstatement of Cal Baseball. The other concerns that you may have is something to be addressed after we get Cal Baseball back. The University is as attentive as they have ever been.I know that everyone feels a great deal of frustration as to how long this has taken and the way we have seemingly been strung out. But I urge you to not wait to be a part of the immediate solution,which is by you financial pledge to Save Cal Baseball.

Vogt's defensive cameo comes straight out of left field

Vogt's defensive cameo comes straight out of left field

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 eighth. That added a bit of levity to a 5-1 loss that otherwise provided the A’s very little to cheer about.

They were bottled up by Astros right-hander Mike Fiers and four relievers as the Astros won their ninth in a row at the Coliseum and their third straight in this four-game series. A’s starter Sean Manaea was rolling through five scoreless innings before Houston blitzed him for three runs in the sixth. The Astros tacked on a couple more late runs against Oakland’s bullpen and that was enough on a night the A’s mustered just four hits total.

After Vogt delivered an RBI groundout that scored the A’s only run in the seventh, Melvin wanted to keep Vogt’s left-handed bat in the lineup, so he asked the veteran catcher if he could handle left.

“I said yeah, absolutely,” Vogt said.

It’s easy to forget that Vogt came up through the Tampa Bay Rays’ system playing a lot of outfield, and he played more than a dozen games in the outfield in 2014 for the A’s, mostly in right.

He sure got tested. The Astros’ first four hitters of the eighth all hit balls in Vogt’s direction. He got a routine fly from Brian McCann, a difficult low liner off the bat of Yuli Gurriel that he smothered for a single, a double from Alex Bregman that he did a good job cutting off and a sacrifice fly to the warning track from Jake Marisnick.

“I had the adrenaline shot run up and I was loose and ready to go,” Vogt said. “Obviously I was a little more focused than probably your average outfielder out there. I’m glad the first one came to me, otherwise I would have been sweatin’ it for a while.”

Vogt has lost time recently behind the plate against right-handers to Josh Phegley, who has done an effective job controlling the running game. And though you shouldn’t by any means expect to see Melvin running Vogt to the outfield often, you also shouldn’t assume it won’t happen at all.

At some point, the A’s figure to call up catcher Bruce Maxwell as part of the crop of young players they’re trying to give more time too. If the left-handed hitting Maxwell were to share catching duties with Phegley, and if the A’s were to trade Yonder Alonso (again, we’re talking ‘ifs’ here), it’s conceivable Vogt’s left-handed bat could be put to use at spots other than catcher, perhaps at first base or, in a pinch, even the outfield.

His old teammate thinks he could pull it off.

“I remember him playing in right in ’14 when I was (injured),” Reddick said. “He did a pretty good job out there, it’s not like he’s foreign to it. He knows what he’s doing.”

No need for Warriors fans to fret over NBA's projected lower salary cap

No need for Warriors fans to fret over NBA's projected lower salary cap

There is no need for the Warriors fan to grow anxious with the news Wednesday night that the NBA salary cap and luxury tax threshold will be roughly two percent lower than initially projected.

For one, those players committed to returning are not likely to change their minds.

For two, the cap/tax figures also will influence other teams that might target members of the Warriors, such as Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.

Even with the lower numbers, reported by multiple outlets, Kevin Durant remains in line for a raise from the $26.5 million he made last season, and he already has made clear his intentions to accept less than the $31.8 million the Warriors could’ve paid him.

With the cap expected to be about $99 million instead of the roughly $101 million originally forecast, that figure falls between $30 million and $31 million.

Durant’s willingness to be flexible -- designed to help the team in its attempts to retain Iguodala and maybe Livingston -- remains the most significant factor for the Warriors as they proceed. Even if Durant takes 10 percent less than, say, $31 million, he still would get a modest increase.

Stephen Curry, who also has announced his intention to re-sign with the Warriors, still could receive about $35 million in Year 1 of a five-year contract worth somewhere in the neighborhood of $200 million.

When the numbers are that astronomical, losing a small percentage is not such a crucial factor.

The Warriors surely knew the cap/tax figures would take a hit. Both figures are impacted by revenue generated through the playoffs, which featured only 79 of a possible 105 games.

Only two series -- Jazz-Clippers and Celtics-Wizards -- went the full seven games and eight of the 15 series ended in five or fewer games, including five sweeps.

The Warriors accounted for three of those sweeps.