This, that and then some
A hodgepodge of A’s notes:
- Today, the D-Backs hired Charles Nagy as their new pitching coach, wiping away any rumors that Curt Young is headed there. Several sources have said Young is going to Boston to join Terry Francona’s staff. Given the timing of Young’s decision to leave the A’s, which came just four days after the club announced he would be back, it seems likely that Young was offered an opportunity within that window. Either way, I wish him nothing but the best, and I’m sure every player who has ever been under his tutelage would say the same.
- Billy Beane said this week that announcements on the 2011 club options for Mark Ellis, Coco Crisp and Eric Chavez won’t be made until after the World Series. It’s highly expected that both Ellis ($6 millions) and Crisp’s ($5.75 million) options will be picked up and that the A’s will buy out Chavez’s option for $3 million. Given the market for center fielders this offseason, the A’s would really be getting a great deal on Crisp, whose lineup presence would be huge for this team if healthy.
- Some of you have asked about Rickey Henderson and whether he was considered to join next year’s coaching staff. At this point, the answer is no, Beane says. A’s brass liked having him around this season in a consulting role, though, and Rickey will likely get to do more of the same next season.
- A’s public address announcer Dick Callahan will be serving as a celebrity bartender at Lark Creek restaurant in Walnut Creek on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. The best part: 100 percent of the proceeds are being donated to charity. Callahan has designated the A’s Community Fund and the Boys and Girls Club of Martinez as the two beneficiaries of the money raised. Great guy, great idea, great cause.
- Dallas Braden, who is a good friend of Brian Wilson’s, will be among the World Series crowd in San Francisco this week next to Wilson’s family. Braden attempted growing something that resembled a partial beard this season, but he said he has no intentions of dyeing it black for the affair. “I don’t even want to ask how that started,” he said of Wilson’s look.