Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
The Official Site of the Oakland Athletics
news

Athletics Press Releases

Oakland A's Spring Training tickets now on sale

A's open 2019 Spring Training season on Feb. 21

Single-game tickets for the Oakland A's fifth Spring Training season at Hohokam Stadium are now on sale at athletics.com/spring

The Oakland A's will begin Cactus League play on Thursday, Feb. 21 when they host the Seattle Mariners at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa. The A's will host 12 home games, including matchups versus the Dodgers (Wed., Feb. 27), Giants (Sunday, March 10), and Cubs (Wednesday, March 13). 

Single-game tickets for the Oakland A's fifth Spring Training season at Hohokam Stadium are now on sale at athletics.com/spring

The Oakland A's will begin Cactus League play on Thursday, Feb. 21 when they host the Seattle Mariners at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa. The A's will host 12 home games, including matchups versus the Dodgers (Wed., Feb. 27), Giants (Sunday, March 10), and Cubs (Wednesday, March 13). 

Spring Training in Mesa will wrap up when the team departs for Tokyo on March 14 for the 2019 Japan Opening Series versus the Seattle Mariners, March 20-21. The A's will close out their exhibition schedule with their annual three-game Bay Bridge Series against the Giants, March 24-26, featuring a game at the Oakland Coliseum on Sunday, March 24. 

Tickets for the A's 2019 Spring Training season are now available online. The Hohokam Box Office will open on Monday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. for fans who would like to purchase single-game tickets in person. Fans can also place a deposit on 2019 Spring Training tickets or book an all-inclusive team travel package at athletics.com/spring

Oakland Athletics

A's Manager Bob Melvin Named BBWAA AL Manager of the Year

Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin was named the Baseball Writers' Association of America American League Manager of the Year today.

Melvin is a three-time winner of the award, having been recognized as the National League Manager of the Year in 2007 with Arizona and the American League Manager of the Year in 2012 with Oakland. Since the award began in 1983, only eight managers have earned honors three or more times, including Dusty Baker, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Maddon, Lou Piniella and Buck Showalter. Melvin has already been named Sporting News Manager of the Year this year.

Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin was named the Baseball Writers' Association of America American League Manager of the Year today.

Melvin is a three-time winner of the award, having been recognized as the National League Manager of the Year in 2007 with Arizona and the American League Manager of the Year in 2012 with Oakland. Since the award began in 1983, only eight managers have earned honors three or more times, including Dusty Baker, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Maddon, Lou Piniella and Buck Showalter. Melvin has already been named Sporting News Manager of the Year this year.

Melvin (2012 & 2018) and Tony La Russa (1988, 1992) are the only A's Managers to receive the BBWAA Manager of the Year honors.

Melvin led the A's to the fourth best record in the Majors (97-65) and a postseason berth in 2018. The 22-win improvement from 2017 to 2018 (75-87 in 2017) was the third time a Bob Melvin-managed team increased its win total by 20 or more games from the previous season. It was the fourth time he led the A's to the postseason since joining the organization in 2011 and improved his record as A's skipper to 634-599 (.514). His win total is third most in franchise history behind Connie Mack (3,582) and Tony La Russa (798).

Among active managers, only Bruce Bochy (SF), Ned Yost (KC), and Clint Hurdle (PIT) have longer uninterrupted tenures with their current teams. In 15 seasons as a manager, Melvin has guided Seattle (2003-04), Arizona (2004-09) and Oakland (2011-present) to three division titles (2007, 2012, 2013) and two Wild Card appearances (2014, 2018).
 

Oakland Athletics

Oakland A's to add new premium seating options at the Coliseum

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's today announced the addition of new premium seating options and hospitality areas at the Oakland Coliseum that are set to debut for the 2019 season. The Terrace, Lounge Seats, and Coppola Theater Boxes will offer fans a high-end game day experience with luxury amenities.

The Terrace will include a series of terraced half-moon tables at Section 121, offering fans the opportunity to enjoy dinner, drinks, and the A's game in a social atmosphere behind the home dugout. The area will feature 18 four-person tables.

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's today announced the addition of new premium seating options and hospitality areas at the Oakland Coliseum that are set to debut for the 2019 season. The Terrace, Lounge Seats, and Coppola Theater Boxes will offer fans a high-end game day experience with luxury amenities.

The Terrace will include a series of terraced half-moon tables at Section 121, offering fans the opportunity to enjoy dinner, drinks, and the A's game in a social atmosphere behind the home dugout. The area will feature 18 four-person tables.

The Lounge Seats in Section 113 will include 32 pairs of living room-style seats, offering a plush, modern experience on the first base line.

The Coppola Theater Boxes will bring the wine wonderland experience of Francis Ford Coppola Winery, anchored in Sonoma County, to the Coliseum. The four four-person boxes and four six-person boxes will be located in Sections 116-118.

The A's are also renovating two hospitality areas at the Coliseum. The right field terrace, which will be redesigned into the "Hero Deck," will feature two-, three-, and four-person terrace tables at Sections 101-102. The left field terrace will become "Oak Landing," featuring drink rails at Sections 131-133.

"These new premium spaces will provide our fans with the luxury and comfort that they crave while enjoying A's baseball," said A's COO Chris Giles. "We are committed to enhancing the fan experience at the Coliseum, as we have done in past years with the addition of The Treehouse, Shibe Park Tavern, and Championship Plaza."

Renderings of the premium spaces can be found on the A's virtual press box, pressbox.athletics.com, under "A's Premium Spaces." Construction at the Coliseum is set to begin following the Oakland Raiders season.

The premium spaces will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, Nov. 13. For more information, visit athletics.com/premium.

Oakland Athletics

Matt Chapman named Wilson Defensive Player of the Year

Oakland A's third baseman Matt Chapman has been named the overall Wilson Defensive Player of the Year. This is the first time an Athletics player has won this award.

In his first full Major League season, Chapman, 25, led all Major Leaguers regardless of position in defensive runs saved (29). He led Major League third basemen in ultimate zone rating (10.9), total chances (484), assists (331), and zone rating (.853). He was tied for first in the American League in out of zone plays (61), second in putouts and third in double plays (37). Chapman, who won his first career Gold Glove last week, was named both the overall and third base Defensive Player of the Year.

Oakland A's third baseman Matt Chapman has been named the overall Wilson Defensive Player of the Year. This is the first time an Athletics player has won this award.

In his first full Major League season, Chapman, 25, led all Major Leaguers regardless of position in defensive runs saved (29). He led Major League third basemen in ultimate zone rating (10.9), total chances (484), assists (331), and zone rating (.853). He was tied for first in the American League in out of zone plays (61), second in putouts and third in double plays (37). Chapman, who won his first career Gold Glove last week, was named both the overall and third base Defensive Player of the Year.

The Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award recognizes the top defensive player at each position, as well as the top overall defensive player, and the top overall defensive team. Winners are determined by using a formula that combines traditional defensive stats with advanced metrics, as well as the data logged by Inside Edge.
 

Oakland Athletics

Billy Beane named MLB Executive of the Year

Oakland A's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Billy Beane, has been named the 2018 MLB Executive of the Year. This is the first year this official award has been bestowed by MLB.

The A's finished the 2018 season with a 97-65 record-fourth best in baseball-after finishing last in the AL West each of the previous three seasons. The club reached the postseason for the fourth time in the last seven years despite losing 21 players-including nine starting pitchers-to the disabled list.

Oakland A's Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations, Billy Beane, has been named the 2018 MLB Executive of the Year. This is the first year this official award has been bestowed by MLB.

The A's finished the 2018 season with a 97-65 record-fourth best in baseball-after finishing last in the AL West each of the previous three seasons. The club reached the postseason for the fourth time in the last seven years despite losing 21 players-including nine starting pitchers-to the disabled list.

Beane has been named Major League Executive of the Year by Baseball America two times (2002; 2013) and The Sporting News Executive of the Year twice as well (1999; 2012). He also earned MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award as the 2012 MLB Executive of the Year and the 2012 Legacy Awards' Rube Foster Award as AL Executive of the Year, presented by the Negro League Baseball Museum.

Under his watch, the A's have compiled a 1793-1607 (.527) record over the last 21 years, which is the fourth-best record in the American League and seventh best in all of baseball during that time frame. The A's have six American League West titles (2000; 2002-03; 2006; 2012-13) and have secured three AL Wild Card spots (2001; 2014; 2018) during that span. His teams have posted 90 or more wins in nine of the last 19 years. The A's nine postseason appearances since the 2000 season are sixth most among all Major League teams, trailing only New York-AL (15), St. Louis (12), Los Angeles-NL (10), Boston (10) and Atlanta (10).

Beane joined the A's front office staff in 1990 as the club's Major League advance scout. In 1993, former A's president and general manager Sandy Alderson promoted him to Assistant General Manager. Alderson handed over his general manager's duties to Beane on Oct. 17, 1997. Beane was then promoted to Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations on Oct. 5, 2015. 

Oakland Athletics

A's Manager Bob Melvin named finalist for BBWAA AL Manager of the Year

Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin was named as a finalist for the Baseball Writers' Association of America American League Manager of the Year today, along with Boston's Alex Cora and Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash.

Melvin has won the award twice previously, earning National League Manager of the Year honors in 2007 with Arizona and AL honors in 2012 with Oakland. Since the award began in 1983, only seven managers have earned honors three or more times, including Dusty Baker, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Maddon, Lou Piniella and Buck Showalter. Melvin has already been named Sporting News Manager of the Year this year.

Oakland A's manager Bob Melvin was named as a finalist for the Baseball Writers' Association of America American League Manager of the Year today, along with Boston's Alex Cora and Tampa Bay's Kevin Cash.

Melvin has won the award twice previously, earning National League Manager of the Year honors in 2007 with Arizona and AL honors in 2012 with Oakland. Since the award began in 1983, only seven managers have earned honors three or more times, including Dusty Baker, Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Jim Leyland, Joe Maddon, Lou Piniella and Buck Showalter. Melvin has already been named Sporting News Manager of the Year this year.

Melvin led the A's to the fourth best record in the majors (97-65) and a postseason berth in 2018. The 22-win improvement from 2017 to 2018 (75-87 in 2017) was the third time a Bob Melvin-managed team increased its win total by 20 or more games from the previous season. It was the fourth time he led the A's to the postseason since joining the organization in 2011 and improved his record as A's skipper to 634-599 (.514). His win total is third most in franchise history behind Connie Mack (3,582) and Tony La Russa (798).

Melvin received a two-year contract extension through the 2021 season a week ago today. Among active managers, only Bruce Bochy (SF), Ned Yost (KC), and Clint Hurdle (PIT) have longer uninterrupted tenures with their current teams. In 15 seasons as a manager, Melvin has guided Seattle (2003-04), Arizona (2004-09) and Oakland (2011-present) to three division titles (2007, 2012, 2013) and two Wild Card appearances (2014, 2018).

The winners of the BBWAA Manager of the Year awards will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 13 on MLB Network at 3:00 pm PST. 

Oakland Athletics

A's Matt Chapman & Matt Olson win Rawlings Gold Glove Award

Oakland A's infielders Matt Olson (first base) and Matt Chapman (third base) have been named 2018 Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award winners.

The A's have not had a Gold Glove winner since Josh Reddick (OF) in 2012 and have not had an infielder win the award since Eric Chavez (2006). The last A's first baseman to win the award was Mark McGwire (1990) and the club's last third baseman to win was Chavez (2006). The A's were the only team this season to feature a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist at each of the infield positions (Chapman, Olson, Semien, Lowrie).

Oakland A's infielders Matt Olson (first base) and Matt Chapman (third base) have been named 2018 Rawlings American League Gold Glove Award winners.

The A's have not had a Gold Glove winner since Josh Reddick (OF) in 2012 and have not had an infielder win the award since Eric Chavez (2006). The last A's first baseman to win the award was Mark McGwire (1990) and the club's last third baseman to win was Chavez (2006). The A's were the only team this season to feature a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist at each of the infield positions (Chapman, Olson, Semien, Lowrie).

In his first full Major League season, Chapman, 25, led all Major Leaguers regardless of position in defensive runs saved (29). He led Major League third basemen in ultimate zone rating (10.9), total chances (484), assists (331), and zone rating (.853). He was tied for first in the American League in out of zone plays (61), second in putouts and third in double plays (37). This is his first career Gold Glove.

Also in his first full Major League season, Olson, 24, led Major League first basemen in defensive runs saved (14), UZR (11.6), games (162), total chances (1494), putouts (1403) and zone rating (.913) while posting a .995 fielding percentage. This is his first career Gold Glove.

To determine winners of the Gold Glove award, each manager and up to six coaches on his staff vote from a pool of qualified players in their league and cannot vote for players from their own team. In 2013, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, as part of its collaboration with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The SABR Defensive Index™ comprises approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches' vote continuing to carry the majority.

Oakland Athletics

A's reinstate six from 60-Day disabled list

Blackburn, Cotton, Gossett, Graveman, Manaea, Triggs reinstated.

The Oakland Athletics have reinstated the following from the 60-day disabled list:

•   Paul Blackburn (right elbow lateral epicondylitis)
•   Jharel Cotton (right ulnar collateral ligament surgery)
•   Daniel Gossett (right ulnar collateral ligament surgery)
•   Kendall Graveman (right ulnar collateral ligament surgery)
•   Sean Manaea (subacromial decompression, acromioplasty and posterior labral repair)
•   Andrew Triggs (thoracic outlet surgery)

The Oakland Athletics have reinstated the following from the 60-day disabled list:

•   Paul Blackburn (right elbow lateral epicondylitis)
•   Jharel Cotton (right ulnar collateral ligament surgery)
•   Daniel Gossett (right ulnar collateral ligament surgery)
•   Kendall Graveman (right ulnar collateral ligament surgery)
•   Sean Manaea (subacromial decompression, acromioplasty and posterior labral repair)
•   Andrew Triggs (thoracic outlet surgery)

The A's 40-man roster is currently at 35.

Blackburn, 24, was limited to just six starts with Oakland due to two stints on the disabled list. He began the season on the DL, and was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 5, with a strained right forearm before going 2-3 with a 7.16 ERA in six starts from June 7 to July 6. He then missed the remainder of the season with right elbow lateral epicondylitis after he was placed on the disabled list on July 8 (retro to July 7). 

Cotton, 26, missed the entire season after undergoing ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery March 31 at Trinity Park Surgery Center in Arlington, Texas. The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister. He was 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA and .195 opponents batting average in four games, including three starts, during spring training before he was shut down due to an elbow injury. 

Gossett, 25, went 0-3 with a 5.18 ERA in five starts over two stints with the A's before going on the disabled list June 5 with a strained right elbow. He did not pitch again before undergoing ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction on his right elbow Aug. 1. The surgery was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas. He went 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA in seven games, including five starts, with Triple-A Nashville.

Graveman, 27, was the A's Opening Day starting pitcher but went 1-5 with a 7.60 ERA in seven starts with Oakland and 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts with Triple-A Nashville before undergoing surgery in late July. He had ulnar collateral reconstruction surgery on his right elbow July 30, which was performed by Dr. Keith Meister at the TMI Institute in Arlington, Texas. He was recalled by Oakland and placed on the 60-day disabled list Sept. 1.

Manaea, 26, was 12-9 with a 3.59 ERA and .232 opponents batting average in 27 starts before going on the disabled list Aug. 26 with a shoulder injury. He was placed on the disabled list Aug. 26 with left shoulder inflammation and underwent arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder Sept. 19 at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. The surgery, a subacromial decompression, acromioplasty and posterior labral repair, was performed by Dr. Neil ElAttrrache. Manaea pitched the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's history on April 21 vs. Boston.

Triggs, 29, began the year in the A's starting rotation before his season ended early due to an injury for the second consecutive season. He was 3-1 with a 5.23 ERA in nine starts when he was placed on the 10-day disabled list May 18 with nerve irritation in his right arm. He did not pitch again until Sept. 5 when he began a rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton, his only outing before undergoing surgery. He underwent successful thoracic outlet surgery on Sept. 26, a first rib resection and scalenectomy, which was performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl from the Texas Vascular Associates in Dallas, Texas.

Oakland Athletics

A's announce extensions for Billy Beane, David Forst & Bob Melvin

Club has made playoffs four times during their tenure together

The Oakland A's have reached long-term agreements with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane, General Manager David Forst and Manager Bob Melvin, the club announced today.

"I'm proud of the tremendous success of our team under the leadership of Billy, David and Bob and am excited to have that continue for years to come," said Oakland A's Managing General Partner John Fisher.
  
Billy Beane was elevated to his current post as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations on Oct. 5, 2015 after serving 18 seasons as General Manager. Beane has been named Major League Executive of the Year by Baseball America two times (2002; 2013) and The Sporting News Executive of the Year twice as well (1999; 2012). He also earned MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award as the 2012 MLB Executive of the Year and the 2012 Legacy Awards' Rube Foster Award as AL Executive of the Year, presented by the Negro League Baseball Museum.
 
Under his watch, the A's have compiled a 1793-1607 (.527) record over the last 21 years, which is the fourth-best record in the American League and seventh best in all of baseball during that time frame. The A's have six American League West titles (2000; 2002-03; 2006; 2012-13) and have secured three AL Wild Card spots (2001; 2014; 2018) during that span. His teams have posted 90 or more wins in nine of the last 19 years. The A's nine postseason appearances since the 2000 season are sixth most among all Major League teams, trailing only New York-AL (15), St. Louis (12), Los Angeles-NL (10), Boston (10) and Atlanta (10).
 
Beane joined the A's front office staff in 1990 as the club's Major League advance scout. In 1993, former A's president and general manager Sandy Alderson promoted him to Assistant General Manager. Alderson handed over his general manager's duties to Beane on Oct. 17, 1997.
 
David Forst will be entering his 20th season in the Athletics organization and his fourth as General Manager after being appointed to the position on Oct. 5, 2015. The A's have made nine postseason appearances since he joined the organization in 2000, including four times in the last seven seasons. Prior to being named General Manager, he served 12 seasons as Assistant General Manager.

The Oakland A's have reached long-term agreements with Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Billy Beane, General Manager David Forst and Manager Bob Melvin, the club announced today.

"I'm proud of the tremendous success of our team under the leadership of Billy, David and Bob and am excited to have that continue for years to come," said Oakland A's Managing General Partner John Fisher.
  
Billy Beane was elevated to his current post as Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations on Oct. 5, 2015 after serving 18 seasons as General Manager. Beane has been named Major League Executive of the Year by Baseball America two times (2002; 2013) and The Sporting News Executive of the Year twice as well (1999; 2012). He also earned MLB.com's Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award as the 2012 MLB Executive of the Year and the 2012 Legacy Awards' Rube Foster Award as AL Executive of the Year, presented by the Negro League Baseball Museum.
 
Under his watch, the A's have compiled a 1793-1607 (.527) record over the last 21 years, which is the fourth-best record in the American League and seventh best in all of baseball during that time frame. The A's have six American League West titles (2000; 2002-03; 2006; 2012-13) and have secured three AL Wild Card spots (2001; 2014; 2018) during that span. His teams have posted 90 or more wins in nine of the last 19 years. The A's nine postseason appearances since the 2000 season are sixth most among all Major League teams, trailing only New York-AL (15), St. Louis (12), Los Angeles-NL (10), Boston (10) and Atlanta (10).
 
Beane joined the A's front office staff in 1990 as the club's Major League advance scout. In 1993, former A's president and general manager Sandy Alderson promoted him to Assistant General Manager. Alderson handed over his general manager's duties to Beane on Oct. 17, 1997.
 
David Forst will be entering his 20th season in the Athletics organization and his fourth as General Manager after being appointed to the position on Oct. 5, 2015. The A's have made nine postseason appearances since he joined the organization in 2000, including four times in the last seven seasons. Prior to being named General Manager, he served 12 seasons as Assistant General Manager.

Along with Beane, Forst co-authored the acquisitions of every member of the 2018 A's Wild Card team. Beginning with the drafting of Matt Olson (2012) and Matt Chapman (2014), continuing with the trades for Khris Davis (2016), Marcus Semien (2014), Jed Lowrie (2015), Stephen Piscotty (2017) and Blake Treinen (2017), all the way through the in-season trades for Jeurys Familia, Mike Fiers, and Fernando Rodney, the 2018 playoff team was built by Forst and Beane over the last 6 years through a myriad of transactions which led to the Club's first playoff appearance since 2014.

The A's nine postseason appearances since his arrival in 2000 season are sixth most among all Major League teams, trailing only New York-AL (15), St. Louis (12), Los Angeles-NL (10), Boston (10) and Atlanta (10). Since his appointment to his current General Manager role, the club has the sixth-best record in the American League, trailing only Boston, Houston, Cleveland, New York and Seattle.
 
Bob Melvin is a two-time Baseball Writers' Association of America Manager of the Year (2007 with Arizona & 2012 with Oakland) and a two-time Sporting News Manager of the Year (2007 with Arizona & 2018 with Oakland). The 2018 BBWAA Manager of the Year Award will be announced next month. He is just the third Athletics Manager to be named the Sporting News Manager of the Year, following Billy Martin (1981) and Tony La Russa (1988 & 1992). 
 
Melvin led the A's to the fourth best record in the Majors (97-65) and a postseason berth this season. It was Melvin's fourth time leading the A's to the postseason since joining the organization in 2011 and improved his record as A's skipper to 634-599 (.514). His win total is the third most in franchise history behind Connie Mack (3,582) and Tony La Russa (798).
 
The 22-win improvement from 2017 to 2018 (75-87 in 2017) was the third time a Bob Melvin-managed team increased its win total by 20 or more games from the previous season. Among active managers, only Bruce Bochy (SF), Ned Yost (KC), and Clint Hurdle (PIT) have longer uninterrupted tenures with their current teams.
 
In 15 seasons as a Manager, Melvin has guided Seattle (2003-04), Arizona (2004-09) and Oakland (2011) to three division titles (2007, 2012, 2013) and two Wild Card appearances (2014, 2018). 

Oakland Athletics

A's infield features 4 Rawlings Gold Glove finalists

Olson, Lowrie, Chapman, Semien recognized among best defensive players

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's feature four finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, with winners announced on Sunday, Nov. 4. Matt Olson (first base), Jed Lowrie (second base), Matt Chapman (third base) and Marcus Semien (shortstop) were each recognized as one of the best defensive players at their respective position.

The A's are the only team this season to feature a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist at each of the infield positions. The A's have not had a Gold Glove winner since Josh Reddick (OF) in 2012 and have not had an infielder win the award since Eric Chavez (2006).

OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's feature four finalists for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, with winners announced on Sunday, Nov. 4. Matt Olson (first base), Jed Lowrie (second base), Matt Chapman (third base) and Marcus Semien (shortstop) were each recognized as one of the best defensive players at their respective position.

The A's are the only team this season to feature a Rawlings Gold Glove finalist at each of the infield positions. The A's have not had a Gold Glove winner since Josh Reddick (OF) in 2012 and have not had an infielder win the award since Eric Chavez (2006).

Olson, 24, led Major League first baseman in defensive runs saved (14), UZR (11.6), games (162), total chances (1494), putouts (1403) and zone rating (.913) while posting a .995 fielding percentage. Offensively, he set career highs in games (162), at-bats (580), runs (85), hits (143), doubles (33), home runs (29), RBI (84) and walks (70). Among first basemen, he led the American League in home runs and ranked fourth in the Majors in RBI (83).

Lowrie, 34, among American League second basemen ranked first in fielding percentage (.993) and zone rating (.845), tied for first in assists (336), third in ultimate zone rating (6.1), tied for fourth in defensive runs saved (1), second in games (136), innings (1177.1), third in total chances (534) and fourth in putouts (194). Offensively, he posted career highs in home runs (23) and RBI (99), games (157), walks (78) and strikeouts (128). He was named to his first AL All-Star Team.

Chapman, 25, led all Major Leaguers regardless of position in defensive runs saved (29). He led Major League third basemen in defensive runs saved, ultimate zone rating (10.9), total chances (484), assists (331), and zone rating (.853). He was tied for first in the American League in out of zone plays (61), second in putouts and third in double plays (37). Offensively, he had a breakout season hitting .278 (152-for-547) with 100 runs scored, 42 doubles, 24 homers and 68 RBI. He led the Majors in doubles (25) after the All-Star break and his 52 runs scored and 42 extra-base hits led the American League in the second half. The former 1st rounder finished the second-half with a .309 batting average, 14 homers, 39 RBI and .961 OPS. He became the first A's player to score 100 runs in a season since Nick Swisher scored 106 in 2006.

Semien, 28, among American League shortstops ranked first in games (159), games started (158), innings (1423.2), total chances (676) and zone rating (.849), second in putouts (198), first in assists (458), third in defensive runs saved (9), ultimate zone rating (8.3) and double plays (79). Offensively, he hit .255 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI while posting career highs in at bats (632), runs (89), hits (161), doubles (35), walks (61), stolen bases (14) and sacrifice flies (7) and matched his high in games.

While the award originated in 1957, Rawlings first began highlighting the top-three defenders at each position in 2011. Each manager and up to six coaches on his staff vote from a pool of qualified players in their League, and cannot vote for players from their own team. In 2013, Rawlings added a sabermetric component to the Rawlings Gold Glove Award selection process, as part of its collaboration with the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The SABR Defensive Index™ comprises approximately 25 percent of the overall selection total, with the managers and coaches' vote continuing to carry the majority.

Oakland Athletics

A's medical update on Matt Chapman

Chapman underwent successful surgery on his left thumb on Tuesday

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on third baseman Matt Chapman:

Chapman had successful left thumb surgery on Tuesday. Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Shin was pleased with the outcome of the surgery and anticipates Matt to make a full recovery prior to the start of spring training.

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on third baseman Matt Chapman:

Chapman had successful left thumb surgery on Tuesday. Dr. Steven Shin performed an ulnar sided sesamoid bone excision along the left thumb at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Dr. Shin was pleased with the outcome of the surgery and anticipates Matt to make a full recovery prior to the start of spring training.

Chapman, 25, had a breakout season with the Athletics in 2018, hitting .278 (152-for-547) with100 runs scored, 42 doubles, 24 homers and 68 RBI. He led the Majors in doubles (25) after the All-Star break and his 52 runs scored and 42 extra-base hits led the American League in the second half. The former 1st rounder finished the second-half with a .309 batting average, 14 homers, 39 RBI and .961 OPS. He became the first player to score 100 runs in a season since Nick Swisher scored 

Oakland Athletics

Bob Melvin named Sporting News American League Manager of the Year

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has been named the Sporting News American League Manager of the Year. It is his second Sporting News Manager of the Year Award after being named the National League winner with Arizona in 2007.

Melvin is just the third Athletics Manager to be named the Sporting News Manager of the Year, following Billy Martin (1981) and Tony La Russa (1988 & 1992). He is also a two-time winner of the Baseball Writers' Association of America Manager of the Year award with Arizona (2007) and Oakland (2012).

Oakland Athletics manager Bob Melvin has been named the Sporting News American League Manager of the Year. It is his second Sporting News Manager of the Year Award after being named the National League winner with Arizona in 2007.

Melvin is just the third Athletics Manager to be named the Sporting News Manager of the Year, following Billy Martin (1981) and Tony La Russa (1988 & 1992). He is also a two-time winner of the Baseball Writers' Association of America Manager of the Year award with Arizona (2007) and Oakland (2012).

Melvin led the A's to the fourth best record in the Majors (97-65) and a postseason berth this season. It was Melvin's fourth time leading the A's to the postseason since joining the organization in 2011 and improved his record as A's skipper to 634-599 (.514). His win total is the third most in franchise history behind Connie Mack (3,582) and Tony La Russa (798).

The 22-win improvement from 2017 to 2018 (75-87 in 2017) was the third time a Bob Melvin-managed team increased its win total by 20 or more games from the previous season. Among active managers, only Bruce Bochy (SF), Ned Yost (KC), and Clint Hurdle (PIT) have longer uninterrupted tenures with their current teams.

The Sporting News AL Manager of the Year award is based on a survey of American League Managers and has been awarded every season since 1936.

Oakland Athletics

A's outright three to Triple-A Las Vegas

The Oakland outrighted right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher, left-handed pitcher Dean Kiekhefer and outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Las Vegas, the club announced today.

Hatcher spent most of season with Oakland and was 3-3 with a 4.95 ERA in 34 relief appearances. He also went 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five relief appearances with Triple-A Nashville during a two-week stint in August. The 33-year-old right-hander had a .289 opponents batting average, .365 on-base percentage and .828 OPS, all of which were his highest of his five full seasons.

The Oakland outrighted right-handed pitcher Chris Hatcher, left-handed pitcher Dean Kiekhefer and outfielder Jake Smolinski to Triple-A Las Vegas, the club announced today.

Hatcher spent most of season with Oakland and was 3-3 with a 4.95 ERA in 34 relief appearances. He also went 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five relief appearances with Triple-A Nashville during a two-week stint in August. The 33-year-old right-hander had a .289 opponents batting average, .365 on-base percentage and .828 OPS, all of which were his highest of his five full seasons.

Kiekhefer began the season at Double-A Pensacola in the Cincinnati Reds organization but finished it in the majors with Oakland, allowing four runs in 2.0 innings over four relief appearances with the A's (18.00 ERA). The 29-year-old left-hander combined for an 8-1 record, three saves and a 3.39 ERA in 45 minor league appearances with Pensacola, Double-A Midland and Triple-A Nashville. He walked just eight batters in 58.1 innings, an average of 1.23 per nine innings.

Smolinski batted .128 with no home runs and two RBI in 20 games with Oakland and .278 with 10 home runs and 19 RBI in 36 games with Triple-A Nashville before missing the final eight weeks of the Sounds season while on the disabled list with a blood clot in his left calf.

Oakland Athletics

A's Blake Treinen named American League Reliever of the Month for September

Treinen went 3-0 with 4 saves and a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 13.1 IP) with 9 strikeouts in 11 games

Oakland A's right-handed reliever Blake Treinen has been named American League Reliever of the Month for September. It is his second career Reliever of the Month award after winning for his May performance.

Treinen, 30, finished the month of September going 3-0 with 4 saves and a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 13.1 IP) with 9 strikeouts and an .089 (4-for-45) opponent batting average in 11 relief appearances. 

Oakland A's right-handed reliever Blake Treinen has been named American League Reliever of the Month for September. It is his second career Reliever of the Month award after winning for his May performance.

Treinen, 30, finished the month of September going 3-0 with 4 saves and a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 13.1 IP) with 9 strikeouts and an .089 (4-for-45) opponent batting average in 11 relief appearances. 

He recorded his 100th strikeout of the season on Saturday, becoming the first pitcher in Major League history to record 30+ saves, strike out 100+ batters and post a season ERA under 1.00. He also has the lowest ERA ever for a pitcher with a minimum of 75.0 innings pitched in a season.

In May, he finished the month going 1-0 and 10-for-10 in save opportunities with a 0.59 ERA in 15.1 innings of work spanning 14 appearances. He logged 19 strikeouts and five walks, limiting opposing batters to a .151 batting average against.

He finished the season ranked third in the American League and tied for fourth in the Majors with 38 saves. The 2018 American League All Star selection led AL relievers in opponents OPS (.417) and on-base percentage (.217), was second in slugging (.199), fifth in strikeouts (100), seventh in save percentage (88.4), and fifth innings pitched (80.1), and was second in wins (9). He finished the season with a .101 (7-for-69) opponents batting average with runners in scoring position and a .124 (18-for-145) average against right-handed hitters. He posted career highs in saves (38), strikeouts (100) and wins (9).

Oakland Athletics

A's medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs:

Triggs underwent successful thoracic outlet surgery on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The surgery, a first rib resection and scalenectomy, was performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl from the Texas Vascular Associates in Dallas, Texas.

The Oakland A's announced the following medical update on right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs:

Triggs underwent successful thoracic outlet surgery on Wednesday, Sept. 26. The surgery, a first rib resection and scalenectomy, was performed by Dr. Gregory Pearl from the Texas Vascular Associates in Dallas, Texas.

Triggs, 27, was 3-1 with a 5.23 ERA (24 er, 41.1 ip) with 43 strikeouts in nine starts with Oakland this season. He began the season in the A's rotation before going on the 10-day disabled list with right arm nerve irritation on May 18. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on July 13. He made one rehab appearance with Stockton during the postseason on Sept. 5 vs. Visalia. This is the second season in a row that he has ended the year on the disabled list after suffering a strained left hip in 2017.

Oakland Athletics