Results tagged ‘ Oakland Athletics ’

Throwback Thursday: Coco Crisp in the Carolina League

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Coco Crisp of the Potomac Cannons fools around with Big Shot, the team’s mascot in 2002. Today the team is the Potomac Nationals, Big Shot was retired in 2005, and Crisp is an outfielder with the Oakland Athletics. (Tom Priddy/Four Seam Images)

Kala Ka’aihue is picked up by Oakland

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       12 April 2008: Infielder Kala Ka’aihue (20) of the Mississippi Braves, Class 
       AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the Mobile BayBears 
       at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/Four Seam 
       Images/MiLB.com
It’s good news to hear that after being released by Atlanta, first baseman Kala Ka’aihue has been picked up by the Oakland organization and is playing in Stockton.
Kala has been one of my favorites for quite some time, and I recall the time in the Mississippi dugout last year when he patiently explained how to pronounce his name. 
Most of the PA announcers get it wrong, he said. The first name is pronounced Ka-LA, emphasis on the end. (I won’t even try to do the last name phonetically here.)
I hope you’ll get a chance to hear it pronounced on the MLB Network one of these days . . .
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       13 April 2008: Infielder Kala Ka’aihue (20) of the Mississippi Braves, Class 
       AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, in a game against the Mobile BayBears 
       at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Photo by:  Tom Priddy/Four Seam 
       Images/MiLB.com

Joey Devine has season-ending surgery

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Athletics pitcher Joey Devine underwent season-ending surgery this week. 
A story on MLB.com says: “Devine, 25, posted a 0.59 ERA in 42 appearances last season and was expected to share the closer role with fellow righty Brad Ziegler, but he was sidelined for most of Spring Training with elbow pain.” 
“A’s manager Bob Geren said the surgery was performed in Birmingham, Ala., by Dr. James Andrews. The procedure focused on Devine’s ulnar collateral ligament, and as of late Tuesday afternoon the A’s did not know if the ligament was repaired or replaced.”
Joey was one of the best young pitchers I photographed in recent years. It seems every time I photographed him, it was lights out for the batters. Judging by his 2008 stats, it appears he carried that skill over into the majors after Atlanta traded him away.
Caption for the photo above: 21 April 2007: RHP Joey Devine of the Mississippi Braves, the Atlanta Braves’ Class AA affiliate of the Southern League, in a game against the Birmingham Barons at Trustmark Park in Pearl, Miss. Photo by Tom Priddy/MiLB.com
All the best to Joey for a complete recovery.