The Oakland Athletics have decided to do something unexpected. No, not compete for a wild-card spot — they’re just two games out of the second wild-card, so they’re already doing that. The team has decided to get rid of its season ticket program and replace it with something that hasn’t been seen in baseball before.
When it comes to filling a ballpark, the Tampa Bay Rays are Major League Baseball’s perennial bottom-dweller.
Having apparently exhausted all possibilities for a new stadium in their current home base of St. Petersburg, the Rays on Tuesday unveiled plans for a proposed new home across the bay in Tampa.
The 16 men and women who gathered at a restaurant in South San Francisco one afternoon for an informal reunion would be vaguely familiar to many Bay Area sports fans.
When Mike Trout hit a home run in the eighth inning of the Angels’ June 13 game at Safeco Field, most Mariners fans shared a general feeling of exasperation: How do you get this guy out?