Author: Ivan Reña

Oakland Athletics beat writer for Inside the Diamonds.

Oakland A's batters celebrating a run crossing home

A’s Spring Training Recap: It’s raining bats at Mesa

When Arizona’s Gabriel Moreno drilled the first pitch from A’s starter JP Sears for a 2-run shot in the 2nd inning, it seemed all chances for Oakland got dented. But not until some firepower on the offensive end lit them up. Oakland used a 6-run 5th to fuel their way to a whopping 12-7 Cactus […]

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Shohei Ohtani steals a base

The New MLB Rule Changes this Season, Reintroduced

On September 9, 2022, Major League Baseball did something that might change the course of baseball history for quite a long time. As you can see here, the League will introduce three significant rule changes which will take effect as the 2023 season commences, which as of writing, is just two months away. You might […]

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One player I expect to stand out this 2023 from every NL East team

Offseason is not only the time for shocking player movements and trades. It could be you waiting on the edges of your seat for days until a Twitter notification pops on your phone from Jeff Passan, Ken Rosenthal, or the old reliable Jon Heyman, informing you that your franchise’s third baseman is shipped to your […]

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A full season of Shea Langeliers is a must-see TV for the A’s

On August 16, 2022, in the second inning of a night game at Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas, a young and bulky catcher donning the away colors of the Athletics stood to the plate. He is about to take his first-ever Major League at-bat, a moment he will remember. And, he wasted no time introducing […]

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Shintaro Fujinami Oakland Athletics
Photo h/t @Athletics on Twitter

A’s officially introduce Shintaro Fujinami

Shintaro Fujinami, the sought-after Japanese pitcher who was Oakland’s loudest offseason signing, is officially introduced Tuesday afternoon before the press. Fujinami’s signing, a one-year, $3.25 million deal, headlined a seemingly quiet but active offseason for last season’s AL West cellar-dwellers, which is in the wake of yet another painful offseason, losing 2021 Gold Glove-winning backstop […]

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Luis Morales with family and A's executives
Cuban RHP Luis Morales poses with A's execs as one of the team's new int'l signings. (h/t @Athletics on Twitter)

Top Cuban Pitching Prospect Headline A’s New International Signings

(OAKLAND)-After making the splash by inking a deal with sought-after Japanese hurler Shintaro Fujinami, the A’s sign deals with more overseas prospects, with two of them ranked in the MLB’s Top International Prospects. Oakland announced Monday it had signed 17 international prospects, which included Cuban right-hander Luis Morales, the fifth-best international prospect by, and […]

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