Category Archives: 2015 Season

2015 New Ports Manager

The Stockton Ports have announced their 2015 On Field Staff, including for the second season in a row, a new Manger. This year, longtime A’s Minor League Manager, Coach and Scout Rick Magnate will take the helm of the good ship Stockton. He has managed in the Minors since 1997 with a break from 1998 to 2006 when he became the Manger in Vancouver.

Buttermaker HitlerMinor League Managers are something of a mystery to fans. Most of the time, it seems like they are former minor league players with an occasional cup of coffee in the Majors. They appear as grizzled and Crash Davis-like philosophers or Morris Buttermaker drunks with a penchant for winning. They aren’t.

What they are is teachers, parents, leaders, drill sergeants and even baseball philosopher and so much more rolled into somebody who loves the game so much that they want to do everything they can to make certain that the next big thing to hit the Majors is ready and capable to carrying the torch. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don’t. But it’s clear that they will have a major impact on the young players and even have a say in whether or not the players move up. Read the rest of this entry

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A’s Trade Robertson and Powell

Tampa Bay Rays acquire prospects Daniel Robertson, Boog Powell and catcher John Jaso from Oakland Athletics for Ben Zobrist, Yunel Escobar | California League News.

 

MW_Photos_zonemcl1_131w3cqoI’m sure that from a Major League viewpoint the trade makes sense, but given how good Robertson is and will be, and Powell’s undeniable talent, you have to feel like the Rays put one over on Billy Bean on this one. Sure, in the short run maybe Zobrist and Escobar are helpful for a Season or three, but long range, Robertson was the guy you build around. After trading Addison Russell last year it’s clear that the A’s are adopting a “future is now” mentality.

In any case, Robertson was likely moving on to Midland this year, but Powell, coming off the lost last season was probably going to spend at least some time in Stockton. Now, they’re both gone.

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