Yesterday the Athletics and Major League Baseball announced that the team had reached a ten-year lease extension for the Oakland Coliseum. The mayor of Oakland is less-than-impressed:
“We are still negotiating, so were surprised by the announcement of an agreement,” she said. “We plan to meet (Thursday), continue negotiations, and hope there will be an agreement soon.”
There is still Coliseum Authority and city and county official approvals needed, so she is correct that this isn’t done. One must read the politics into all of this, of course. The mayor and city officials want the A’s to move down to the waterfront, the A’s and Major League Baseball want no part of that. And they still want to keep options open to leave town entirely.
In another thrilling round of the 2018 Home Run Derby, Kyle Schwarber walked off to defeat Rhys Hoskins and advance to the finals in the 2018 Home Run Derby. Hoskins hit 20 — surpassing his first-round total of 17 — but Schwarber was able to do him one better in regulation time.
For most of the round, Schwarber was “only” on pace to hit 17 or 18, but he got on a roll after using his time-out. He mashed about five home runs in the span of 30 seconds. With just a couple of seconds left on the clock, Schwarber hit his 21st home run to send Rhys to the showers. Of course, Schwarber had unlocked 30 seconds of bonus time since he hit two home runs that went at least 440 feet, so it was a formality. But to do it in regulation in buzzer-beater fashion was more fun than opening bonus time with the send-off.
Still an impressive showing by Hoskins. He became the first player to hit 20 home runs in the semifinals of the Derby, per ESPN Stats & Info. His 37 total homers are the second-most by a Phillies player in the Derby. Bobby Abreu hit 41 home runs en route to winning in 2005.
In the finals, Schwarber will face the winner of the Max Muncy–Bryce Harper showdown.