OAKLAND, Calif. - The Oakland A's, aiming for their fourth playoff appearance in four years, open the 2015 season and new Spring Training home at Hohokam Stadium and Fitch Park when pitchers and catchers report on Thursday, February 19.
The A's, who move to Mesa, Ariz. following $26.9 million in renovations to the complex, will hold their first workout Friday, February 20 at the Fitch Park training complex. Position players report Tuesday, February 24 and the first full squad workout is set for Wednesday, February 25, also at Fitch Park. The A's will play 15 of their 32 Cactus League games at Hohokam Stadium after 33 consecutive years at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. In March of 2013, the A's and the City of Mesa reached a 20-year agreement for the team to return to Mesa, where the team previously trained from 1969-78. Oakland also holds two five-year options that could extend the contract to 30 years.
The following is pertinent A's Spring Training information, including general Spring Training guidelines, credential and parking information, roster information and more. Please contact the A's Media Relations Department with any questions. Thank you.
TRAINING SITE/MINOR LEAGUE HEADQUARTERS: Fitch Park
160 East 6th Place
Mesa, AZ 85201
STADIUM HEADQUARTERS: Hohokam Stadium
1235 N. Center Street
Mesa, AZ 85201
REPORTING DATES/FIRST WORKOUTS: Thursday, February 19 (pitchers & catchers) / Friday, February 20
Tuesday, February 24 (full squad) / Wednesday, February 25
TICKET INFORMATION: 510-568-5600 (tickets also available at Hohokam Stadium box office)
PHOTO DAY: Saturday, February 28, 7:00 a.m. MT, Hohokam Stadium
CACTUS LEAGUE OPENING DAY: Tuesday, March 3 vs. San Francisco Giants, 1:05 p.m. MT, Hohokam Stadium
OPENING NIGHT: Monday, April 6 vs. Texas Rangers, 7:05 p.m. PT, O.co Coliseum
2014 RECORD: 88-74, second AL Wild Card
TOP RETURNEES: Sonny Gray, RHP, 14-10, 3.08 ERA, 219.0 innings, two-time AL Pitcher of the Month in 2014
Scott Kazmir, LHP, 15-9, 3.55 ERA, three-time AL All-Star (2006, 2008, 2014)
Sean Doolittle, LHP, 2-4, 2.73 ERA, A's LHP record 22 saves, 2014 AL All-Star
Stephen Vogt, C, .279, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 84 games
Coco Crisp, CF, .246, 9 HR, 47 RBI, 19 SB, A's career SB percentage leader (86.0%)
Josh Reddick, RF, .264, 12 HR, 54 RBI, 109 games, 2012 Gold Glove winner
Dan Otero, RHP, 8-2, 2.28 ERA, 72 games, 86.2 innings (2nd among AL relievers)
Fernando Abad, LHP, 2-4, 1.57 ERA, 13.2% of inherited runners scored (3rd in AL)
TOP NEWCOMERS: Ben Zobrist, IF/OF, .272, 10 HR, 52 RBI, .354 OBP, two-time AL All-Star (2009, 2013) (Tampa Bay)
Brett Lawrie, 3B, .247, career-high 12 HR, 38 RBI, 70 games (Toronto)
Tyler Clippard, RHP, 7-4, 2.18 ERA, two-time NL All-Star (2011, 2014) (Washington)
Billy Butler, DH/1B, .271, 9 HR, 66 RBI, 2012 AL All-Star and Silver Slugger winner (Kansas City)
Jesse Hahn, RHP, 7-4, 3.07 ERA, 14 games, 12 starts (San Diego)
Marcus Semien, SS, .234, 6 HR, 28 RBI, 64 games (Chicago-AL)
Ike Davis, 1B, .233, 11 HR, 51 RBI (New York-NL, Pittsburgh)
Spring Training Guidelines
PRACTICES AT FITCH/GAMES AT HOHOKAM: A's workouts will take place at Fitch Park, 160 East 6th Place in Mesa, beginning when pitchers and catchers report and continuing through the end of full squad workouts. All A's players on the Major League roster will dress in the home clubhouse at Hohokam Stadium, 1235 N. Center Street in Mesa, and then go to Fitch Park for practices. Fitch Park is approximately a five-minute drive from Hohokam Stadium.
SPRING TRAINING ROSTER NOTES: The Athletics will have 61 players in camp this spring. In addition to the club's 40-man roster, the A's will have 21 non-roster invitees in camp.
COACHING STAFF: Manager Bob Melvin, beginning his fourth full season with the A's, welcomes back four returning members of last year's coaching staff in pitching coach Curt Young (10th season), first base coach Tye Waller (9th season), third base coach Mike Gallego (7th season) and Darren Bush (3rd season), who moves from bullpen coach to hitting coach. Melvin has added three new faces to his 2015 staff, including bench coach Mike Aldrete, bullpen coach Scott Emerson and assistant hitting/catching coach Marcus Jensen. Aldrete, a native of Carmel who attended Stanford University, was on Melvin's staff as first base coach for Seattle in 2004 and hitting coach for Arizona from 2005-06. Emerson is in his 13th season in the A's organization, including the last two as minor league roving pitching instructor. Jensen, an Oakland native and graduate of Skyline HS, is in his ninth season in the A's organization and most recently served as minor league hitting instructor in 2014.
NON-ROSTER PLAYERS (21): The Athletics will have 21 non-roster invitees to their 2015 Major League Spring Training camp. The players include C Bryan Anderson, C Carson Blair, RHP Matt Buschmann, C Luke Carlin, IF Alden Carrithers, RHP Angel Castro, LHP Jim Fuller, RHP Brock Huntzinger, C Bruce Maxwell, LHP Brad Mills, IF Max Muncy, IF Matt Olson, LHP Rudy Owens, IF Andy Parrino, OF Jason Pridie, RHP Fernando Rodriguez, IF Niuman Romero, SHP Patrick Venditte, LHP Ryan Verdugo, IF Joey Wendle and RHP Kevin Whelan. Ten of the 21 non-roster players have Major League experience (Anderson, Carlin, Mills, Owens, Parrino, Pridie, Rodriguez, Romero, Verdugo, Whelan).
THROUGH 2015 (37): LHP Fernando Abad, RHP Raul Alcantara, RHP R.J. Alvarez, RHP Chris Bassitt, OF Billy Burns, IF Mark Canha, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Ryan Cook, IF Ike Davis, LHP Eury De La Rosa, IF Nate Freiman, OF Sam Fuld, OF Craig Gentry, RHP Kendall Graveman, RHP Sonny Gray, RHP A.J. Griffin, RHP Jesse Hahn, LHP Scott Kazmir, IF Tyler Ladendorf, IF Brett Lawrie, RHP Arnold Leon, LHP Sean Nolin, IF Renato Nuñez, LHP Eric O'Flaherty, RHP Dan Otero, RHP Jarrod Parker, C Josh Phegley, LHP Drew Pomeranz, IF Rangel Ravelo, OF Josh Reddick, RHP Evan Scribner, IF Marcus Semien, IF Eric Sogard, RHP Taylor Thompson, C Stephen Vogt, IF Ben Zobrist
THROUGH 2016 (1): OF Coco Crisp (includes vesting option for 2017)
THROUGH 2017 (1): IF Billy Butler
THROUGH 2018 (1): LHP Sean Doolittle (includes club options for 2019 and 2020)
MAJOR OFFSEASON TRANSACTIONS:
Nov. 19 Free agent Billy Butler agrees to terms on a three-year contract
Nov. 23 Ike Davis and international bonus slot 86 acquired from Pittsburgh for international bonus slot 27
Nov. 28 Josh Donaldson traded to Toronto for Brett Lawrie, Kendall Graveman, Sean Nolin and minor leaguer Franklin Barreto
Dec. 8 Brandon Moss traded to Cleveland for minor leaguer Joey Wendle
Dec. 9 Chris Bassitt, Josh Phegley, Rangel Ravelo and Marcus Semien acquired from the Chicago White Sox for Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa
Dec. 11 Mark Canha acquired from Colorado for minor leaguer Austin House and cash considerations
Dec. 18 Eury De La Rosa acquired from Arizona for cash; R.J. Alvarez and Jesse Hahn acquired from San Diego for Derek Norris, minor leaguer Seth Streich and international bonus slot 117; Nick Punto released
Jan. 10 Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar acquired from Tampa Bay for John Jaso, Daniel Robertson, Boog Powell and cash considerations
Jan. 14 Tyler Clippard acquired from Washington for Yunel Escobar
How the A's 40-Man Roster Was Built
Free Agent Draft (3): LHP Sean Doolittle (2007, 1st compensation), RHP A.J. Griffin (2010, 13th round), RHP Sonny Gray (2011, 1st round)
Signed as Non-Drafted Free Agent (1): IF Renato Nuñez
Signed as Free Agent (4): IF Billy Butler, OF Coco Crisp, LHP Scott Kazmir, LHP Eric O'Flaherty
Claimed off waivers (4): IF Nate Freiman, RHP Dan Otero, RHP Evan Scribner, RHP Taylor Thompson
Acquired Via Trade (28): LHP Fernando Abad, RHP Raul Alcantara, RHP R.J. Alvarez, RHP Chris Bassitt, OF Billy Burns, IF Mark Canha, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Tyler Clippard, RHP Ryan Cook, IF Ike Davis, LHP Eury De La Rosa, OF Sam Fuld, OF Craig Gentry, RHP Kendall Graveman, RHP Jesse Hahn, IF Tyler Ladendorf, IF Brett Lawrie, RHP Arnold Leon, LHP Sean Nolin, RHP Jarrod Parker, C Josh Phegley, LHP Drew Pomeranz, IF Rangel Ravelo, OF Josh Reddick, IF Marcus Semien, IF Eric Sogard, C Stephen Vogt, IF Ben Zobrist
SPRING TRAINING HISTORY: This year marks the A's 47th Spring Training in Arizona, their first since returning to Mesa following 33 consecutive years in Phoenix. The A's new Spring Training home at Hohokam Stadium and Fitch Park recently underwent $26.9 million in renovations. Hohokam Stadium will seat 10,000 fans, including approximately 7,500 seats and space for approximately 2,500 additional fans to sit on the grass berms surrounding the outfield. Among Hohokam Stadium's many new amenities will be the largest HD scoreboard in the Cactus League (26 x 56 feet). In March of 2013, the A's and the City of Mesa reached a 20-year agreement for the team to return to Mesa beginning this season. Oakland also holds two five-year options that could extend the contract to 30 years. After relocating from Kansas City, the Oakland A's spent their first Spring Training in Bradenton, Fla. and then moved to Arizona the following season. The A's had their first stint in Mesa from 1969-78 before a three-year stay in Scottsdale (1979-81). The team then moved to Phoenix for the 1982 Spring Training season.
SPRING TRAINING TICKETS: Spring Training tickets for all A's home games at Hohokam Stadium are currently on sale at athletics.com/spring or by calling 1-877-493-BALL (1-877-493-2255). The Hohokam Stadium box office opens Monday, Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. MST. Office hours of operation on non-game days are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, closed Sundays. During all home games, the box office is open from 10 a.m. until a half hour after the game ends. For Spring Training season tickets, call A's Tickets Services at 510-568-5600, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday. Single game ticket pricing is based on current market value. Pricing will fluctuate based on factors affecting supply and demand. Base prices are: Infield Box $30, Terrace Box $26, Field Level $22, Terrace Reserved $16, Lawn (general admission) $9. Group discount tickets are available for groups of 20 or more in Field Level ($18) and Terrace Reserved sections ($10) for select games. The Terrace Patio is a reserved, covered area above Terrace Box sections 209 and 210/212 for 30 to 90 guests to enjoy a catered meal and watch the game.
REGULAR SEASON TICKETS: Tickets for all A's home games can be purchased at the O.co Coliseum Box Office, online at athletics.com, or over the phone by calling 1-877-493-BALL (1-877-493-2255). Ticket plans, group tickets and private suites can be purchased by calling 510-638-GoA's (4627). The A's will continue using Dynamic Ticket Pricing for all individual game tickets for the 2015 season, with rates fluctuating based on factors affecting supply and demand. Fans can lock in their price and save by purchasing seats early.
Spring Training Schedule
SPRING SCHEDULE: The Athletics will play 35 exhibition games this spring in preparation for the 2015 season, including a 32-game Cactus League schedule. In addition to the dates in the desert, the A's will also play their traditional three-game Bay Bridge Series against the San Francisco Giants in Northern California April 2-4. Oakland opens its Cactus League season and new home at Hohokam Stadium on Tuesday, March 3 against the Giants. The team will play a total of 15 games at Hohokam Stadium this spring. The A's will also play two games in Las Vegas as part of the 2015 Big League Weekend at Cashman Field against the Chicago Cubs March 13-14. The A's break camp April 1 following their game against the Los Angeles Angels.
BROADCAST SCHEDULE: The A's will televise one Spring Training game from Arizona this year, with Comcast SportsNet California carrying the Sunday, March 8 game at Hohokam Stadium against the Chicago White Sox. Nine games in Arizona will be broadcast on flagship station 95.7 FM The GAME and the A's Radio Network. In addition, all three Bay Bridge Series games - April 2-3 in San Francisco and April 4 in Oakland - will be broadcast on 95.7 FM The GAME and the A's radio network, with the April 2 game being aired on Comcast SportsNet California as well. Spring Training games not broadcast over the air can be heard live on athletics.com.