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The Athletics have chosen a site for their new ballpark

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The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Athletics have settled on a location for their proposed new ballpark: the site near Laney College on a piece of land owned by Peralta Community College.

The Laney College area is close to downtown Oakland  between Interstate 880 and Lake Merritt and is near a BART station. It was preferred by the club over the Oakland Coliseum site and land on the waterfront northwest of Jack London Square, the latter of which had traffic and accessibility concerns.

It would be a while before a ballpark actually appears on the site. The A’s have to negotiate with Laney and Peralta colleges and upgrades to the freeway ramps need to take place. The project is going to be privately financed, but there will still need to be negotiations with Oakland, private financiers and other stakeholders. The idea would be to begin play on the site in 2023.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.