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Athletics fan helps spark an Angels rally

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I talked about this in the recaps but it’s worth its own post.

There was a Steve Bartman moment in the Angels-A’s game. Oh, the stakes weren’t so high and, maybe, the out was not a sure one, but it was still a fairly high watermark for fan interference. Except, of course, it was not called fan interference.

Oakland led 4-1 entering the top of the sixth. Two A’s pitchers combined to load the bases and then a third pitcher, Lou Trivino, came in to face Andrelton Simmons. Trivino induced what should’ve — Could’ve? Probably? —  been the second out of the inning in the form of a foul popup, which Stephen Piscotty was in the process of running down. That’s when this woman stuck her glove out and snagged the ball:

The umpires did not call fan interference for . . . some reason. As I noted this morning, Piscotty seemed to be feeling that wall, looking down a bit, and may very well have not have caught that ball, and I suppose that’s what the umps were hanging their hat on. Of course, as a commenter noted this morning, it may be that Piscotty was holding up because that lady’s glove sticking out there distracted him. Either way, she got the ball and, the umps’ ruling notwithstanding, got kicked out of the ballpark.

With new life, Simmons smacked a two-run single to pull the Angels to within one and then, following a plunked batter which loaded the bases back up, Kaleb Cowart hit a grand slam to put the Angels up by three. As Ray Ratto of NBC Sports Bay Area notes this morning, the A’s had their chances to get themselves out of this mess and to get that lady off the hook, but just didn’t do it.

Anyway, folks: leave the balls alone at the park. If you really want an official ball, and one doesn’t come into the stands near you, just buy one.

Angels name Brad Ausmus new manager

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Former MLB player and manager Brad Ausmus will manage the Angels in 2019, the team announced Sunday. His contract will extend through the 2021 season, though it’s not clear whether a club option exists for 2022. A formal press conference will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM PDT to introduce the new skipper.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler gave a statement following Ausmus’ hiring:

Ausmus, 49, was also considered for a managerial role with the Reds prior to their hiring of David Bell on Sunday. He’ll replace longtime manager Mike Scioscia, who finished his 19th and final campaign with the club on the last day of the 2018 season.

A former catcher and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Ausmus capped his 18-year MLB playing career in 2010. He managed the Tigers from 2014 to 2017, during which he guided the club to a 314-332 record and a postseason berth in 2014. After the Tigers declined to offer the skipper an extension in 2018, he was hired as a special assistant to the Angels’ general manager, and remained in that role for the duration of the regular season.