AT&T Park to host college football games

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AT&T Park football.jpgU.C. Berkeley is renovating its football stadium in 2011, and the Golden Bears need a place to squat for a year. They could go to the Oakland Coliseum, which happens to be nearby and happens to host football already, or they could go to Candlestick Park which, while farther away, has a full-time football configuration these days.

Nope, they’d rather bunk with the San Francisco Giants:

Of the three venues, AT&T Park has by far
the smallest football capacity (45,000). Candlestick holds 69,732, while
the Coliseum can accommodate 63,132. But athletic director Sandy Barbour said all of
the advantages that AT&T Park provides outweigh the potential for
smaller
crowds, especially because the move is for only
one season.

They lay the reasons all out, but they all seem to be euphemisms for “it’s just so much more fashionable to be in San Francisco than in the East Bay!”

Here’s hoping for a World Series with yardlines going across the outfield. We haven’t had one of those for a while.

Félix Hernández to rejoin Mariners’ rotation for final start of 2018

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández will come off of the disabled list to make his final start of 2018 on Wednesday against the Athletics, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Hernández has been on the disabled list since September 8 with a right hamstring strain.

Hernández, 32, has endured the worst season of his 14-year career. He’s 8-13 with a 5.46 ERA and a 121/57 K/BB ratio over 151 2/3 innings. Hernández wants the opportunity to finish 2018 on a good note. He said, “I feel good. No problems. It’s 100 percent. I just want to finish strong and show them I can still pitch. It wasn’t a big injury. They just wanted to give me some rest.”

Hernández is under contract for one more year at $27 million. He has been the face of the franchise for the last decade, but if he doesn’t show he’s capable of beating major league hitters by the end of spring training next year, the Mariners may not be able to afford to give him a spot in the starting rotation. Despite a second-half slide, the Mariners were competitive in the AL West this year, entering the All-Star break 58-39, five games out of first place. With some roster fine-tuning, the Mariners could give the Astros and Athletics a run for their money. Hernández’s involvement with that effort remains to be seen.