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Frustrated with fan over foul ball, Matt Chapman explains why he made amends

Frustrated with fan over foul ball, Matt Chapman explains why he made amends

SEATTLE — Matt Chapman made amends with a fan sitting along the third-base line Sunday after getting bent out of shape that the fan interfered with his pursuit of a foul ball.

The episode happened during the bottom of the seventh, with the A’s third baseman not hiding his frustration that the fan went for the ball as Chapman was reaching over trying to catch it in foul territory in a 10-2 loss to the Mariners. It all turned out well in the end, with Chapman eventually making a point of going back over to the fan after the inning and handing him a ball to keep as a souvenoir. The fan, decked out in a gold A’s jersey and backwards A’s hat, was one of the few Oakland fans sitting in that section among a sea of Mariners fans at Safeco Field.

“He was an A’s fan after all. I don’t want to lose a fan,” Chapman said after the game, stressing that the fan had every right to try for the ball since it was in foul territory.

The rookie has shown a propensity to race full-bore after any foul ball that might be within the realm of possibility to catch. He reached into the stands with an extended a back-handed attempt on this particular pop-up in the seventh. The fan went for it at the same time and neither caught it.

Chapman stared at the fan and kept eye contact for a second as he continued to turn and walk back toward his position. Afterward, he was apologetic, saying that that was just another incident contributing to the frustration of an 0-6 road trip.

“Obviously I was a little frustrated,” Chapman said. “I kind of snapped a little bit, but then I gave him the ball and realized obviously it’s not his fault. I was just out there competing and obviously you get emotional sometimes.”

Chapman said he could tell from the look on the fan’s face that he felt bad too.

“We both kind of said sorry. He doesn’t need to get stared down by me.”

A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

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A's trade outfielder Jaycob Brugman to Orioles

OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.

Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.  

Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

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A's make roster moves, DFA outfielder who played in 48 games in 2017

In order to get their 40-man roster set for the Rule 5 Draft, the A's did a little roster reshuffling on Monday.

Among the casualties from the roster crunch was outfielder Jaycob Brugman, who played in 48 games for the A's in 2017.

Brugman and left-handed pitcher Sam Moll were designated for assignment in order to clear spots for the A's to add right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer and Lou Trivino to the 40-man roster.

During his stint with the A's last season, Brugman hit .266/.346/.343 with two doubles, three home runs and 12 RBI. Brugman participated in the recently-concluded Arizona Fall League, but didn't put up great numbers. He his just 1.82 in nine games.

The 23-year-old Fillmyer started 29 games for Double-A Midland and posted a 3.49 ERA in 149.2 innings. He was a fifth-round by the A's in 2014.

Trivino spent time with Midland and Triple-A Nashville during the 2017 season. In 48 relief appearances between the two levels, he posted a 3.03 ERA and struck out 65 batters in 68.1 innings.

Earlier on Monday, the A's acquired outfielder Ramon Laureano from the Astros for right-handed pitcher Brandon Bailey. Laureano was added to the 40-man roster and right-handed pitcher Bobby Wahl was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville.

The Rule 5 Draft will be held on Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Winter Meetings in Orlando.