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Talking about Jonathan Singleton, the A's relocation and pitching machines...
Some things to talk about as MLB At Bat 13 is released...
1) Singleton talks about suspension
Top prospect Jonathan Singleton won't be showing up in the majors for at least 50 games this season because of a suspension for a drug of abuse while he was in the minors. On Friday, SIngleton met with the media in Florida to talk about it.
He said all the right things and the GM had some nice things to say about him too. But, two things stuck out to me, including this quote from Tags:
I imagine the exchange went something like, Tags or Brian T. asking him if the suspension were a wake-up call and Singleton saying it was. That's an important distinction, because it absolutely should NOT have been a wakeup call. That should have happened when he was first popped for a positive test with no suspension. The fact that he needed a second test and suspension to get a wakeup call doesn't reflect too well on him.
However, if it was a reporter asking the question and he answered the way he did, I have to believe he didn't mean it like that.
The other thing I wonder is how supportive Bo Porter will be when Singleton is his charge. I can imagine our favorite football coach turned baseball manager won't take kindly to his charges doing stupid things and getting suspended. Don't you get that impression, too?
2) A's moving to San Jose, finally?
Not Astros related, but since they're in the same division now, this note on the A's is worth discussing. Seems the A's progress towards relocating to San Jose got a teensy-weensy bit closer to happening.
The commissioner's office has provided the Oakland Athletics with tentative guidelines for a potential move to San Jose, according to three people familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it.
The existence of the guidelines does not necessarily mean the A's will move to San Jose soon, or at all. However, if the A's can satisfy the concerns of the league office, CommissionerBud Selig could let club owners decide whether to approve the move.
Basically, this relocation committee that's been around for four years finally did something, but it's not entirely clear what it will accomplish. The relocation guidelines they provided are only tentative and there's been no vote taken from other owners yet.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the situation, the A's are looking to move a short distance away from Oakland to San Jose, but because of the intense territorial rights around San Francisco, the Giants are trying to block the move, as they consider San Jose part of "their" territory.
It's pretty silly when you consider the distance between Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco in the first place and how the entire state of Texas is essentially the territory of both the Astros and Rangers. But, hey, geography!
Maybe in four more years, this thing will get worked out.
3) Pitching machine fun
In case you missed it, go check out all the fun the reporters and players had with the intrasquad game on Thursday. Sounds like it was a blast!