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In Dispute Over SJ Territorial Rights, A’s Claim Opposition Group is ‘Astroturf’

September 5, 2012 | 1:29 pm

In Dispute Over SJ Territorial Rights, A’s Claim Opposition Group is ‘Astroturf’

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After more than three years of study, Major League Baseball still hasn’t acted on the desire of Oakland A’s ownership to move the team south to San Jose. But while the larger issue of territorial rights is up in the air, there is a court date — September 21 to be exact — to address one […]

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Sacramento Expresses Interest in A’s, But It’s Not Mutual

July 10, 2012 | 1:52 pm

Sacramento Expresses Interest in A’s, But It’s Not Mutual

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Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson held a press conference Monday to tout his city’s potential as a home for the A’s or another Major League Baseball team.  Johnson was the major force behind a plan to build a new arena for the Sacramento Kings, a deal that collapsed in April when the team’s owners, the Maloof […]

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‘Knuckleball Princess’ Makes Her Bay Area Debut — Part of Long History of Women in Baseball

July 6, 2012 | 11:39 am

‘Knuckleball Princess’ Makes Her Bay Area Debut — Part of Long History of Women in Baseball

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Friday’s game San Rafael Pacifics game will be the first chance Bay Area baseball fans have to see Eri Yoshida play.  Yoshida, a pitcher for Na Koa Ikaika Maui (translated as “The Strong Warriors of Maui”), is the first woman to play professional baseball in two countries, the U.S. and her native Japan.  Her first […]

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June 14, 2012 | 2:35 pm

Burned West Oakland Building Stood on Site With Long History

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We were curious about the “senior center under construction” where the fire that temporarily closed BART service between San Francisco and Oakland began.  It turns out the site has a long and rather unhappy history. The building under construction was the Red Star Senior Apartments — a name which has nothing to do with the […]

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June 14, 2012 | 12:45 pm

The Matt Cain Appreciation Society Roundup

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There’s lots and lots of web traffic about Giants’ pitcher Matt Cain’s perfect game.  Here are some highlights: At McCovey Chronicles, Grant Brisbee enumerates “50 Awesome Things About Matt Cain’s Perfect Game“, including 48. Not worrying about how much this raised his offseason price in free agency. Matt Cain is on the Giants for a […]

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U.S. Open: A Phone-Free Zone

June 13, 2012 | 2:35 pm

U.S. Open: A Phone-Free Zone

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Many of us are used to having our cell phones at all times, taking advantage of any lull in conversation or idle moment to update our Facebook status, share random thoughts on Twitter, and take pictures of anything mildly amusing. If this is you and you’re one of the lucky people who got tickets to […]

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Clorox CEO to A’s: Keep Team in Oakland or Sell

May 3, 2012 | 4:20 pm

Clorox CEO to A’s: Keep Team in Oakland or Sell

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Earlier today, the Clorox Company, Oakland’s only Fortune 500 corporation, hosted a press conference with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan and reps from a number of other major East Bay companies to express  support for keeping the A’s in Oakland and for building a new ballpark.  I spoke afterward with Clorox’s chairman and CEO, Don Knauss. […]

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May 2, 2012 | 4:49 pm

Occupiers of 888 Turk Defend Their Actions

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Twenty-four people who identify with Occupy San Francisco were arrested early Wednesday morning for trespassing, as San Francisco police and sheriff’s officers moved in to clear out 888 Turk Street, a building the group took over during Tuesday’s May Day protests.  I spoke with a few of them as they left the Hall of Justice […]

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Wrapping Up Our A’s Ballpark Series

April 19, 2012 | 2:37 pm

Wrapping Up Our A’s Ballpark Series

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The third and final part of our radio series about the Oakland A’s’ search for a new home focussed on the appeal of the proximity of corporate tech titans in the team’s preferred city of San Jose… The owners of the Oakland A’s would like them to become the San Jose A’s, [a relocation] inspired […]

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The A’s to San Jose: San Joseans Make Their Case, Pro and Con

April 12, 2012 | 1:29 pm

The A’s to San Jose: San Joseans Make Their Case, Pro and Con

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Last week I did a radio feature presenting some voices of A’s fans who don’t want their baseball team to move to San Jose. While that view is contrary to that of A’s ownership, the move is on hold anyway, pending a resolution of a territorial rights dispute between the A’s, the San Francisco Giants, […]

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