Edmonds is serious about comeback and multiple teams are interested

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While appearing at a Cardinals charity event earlier this week Jim Edmonds challenged manager Tony La Russa to consider him for a comeback, saying that he’d play for the minimum salary after sitting out all of 2009.
It was tough to tell whether Edmonds was half-joking or not, but apparently he’s serious. St. Louis radio station KSLG now reports that several teams have expressed interest in potentially signing Edmonds and agent Paul Cohen revealed today that the 39-year-old outfielder has given him a list of “particular teams” with whom he’d be willing to sign.
Edmonds failed to land a contract last offseason despite hitting .235/.343/.479 with 20 homers in 401 plate appearances for the Cubs and Padres in 2008. Even before sitting out an entire season Edmonds’ glove was no longer an asset in center field and he was useless against left-handed pitching, but he hit a robust .250/.362/.521 versus right-handers and has experience at all three outfield spots in addition to first base.
Last year at this time I was convinced that Edmonds could still be a productive platoon player starting in an outfield corner against right-handed pitching. No teams agreed with me and perhaps his already diminished skills deteriorated rapidly during the year off, but it would certainly be worth a minor-league contract and invite to spring training to find out.

Giants fans will have to pay a surcharge to park at Athletics games

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Athletics president Dave Kaval is ready to take full advantage of the interleague series between the Giants and A’s this season. While the two teams customarily play a few preseason “Battle of the Bay” games each year, they’re also scheduled to meet each other six times during the regular season; once for a three-game set in San Francisco, then for a three-game set in Oakland. On Saturday, Kaval announced that any Giants fans looking to park at the Coliseum this year will be charged $50 instead of the standard, general admission $30 — an additional “rivalry fee” that can be easily waived by shouting, “Go A’s!” at the gate.

This isn’t the first time that a major-league team has tried to keep rival fans at bay, though Kaval doesn’t seem all that intent on actually driving fans away from the ballpark. Back in 2012, the Nationals staged a “Take Back the Park” campaign after people began complaining that Phillies fans were overtaking Nationals Park during rivalry games. They limited a single-series presale of Nats-Phillies tickets to buyers within Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia in hopes of filling the stands with a few more friendly faces. Washington COO Andy Feffer told the press that while he would treat all guests with “respect and courtesy,” he wanted Phillies fans to feel irked enough to pay attention to the Nationals. In the end, things went… well, a little south for all involved.

Whether the Giants are planning any retaliatory measures has yet to be seen, but it’s not as if this is going to be an enforceable rule. The real travesty here, if you’re an A’s fan or just pretending to be one, is that the parking fees have increased from $20 to $30 this season. Unless you’re a season ticket holder with a prepaid $10 parking permit, it’s far better to brave the crowds and take advantage of local public transportation. There are bound to be far fewer irate Giants fans on BART than at the gates — even if the gag only lasts a few days out of the year.