Grand jury issues indictment against A's catcher Bruce Maxwell

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Grand jury issues indictment against A's catcher Bruce Maxwell

A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell was indicted by a grand jury in Arizona this week, meaning probable cause was found for his felony case to move forward.

Maxwell faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and disorderly conduct stemming from his Oct. 28 arrest in Scottsdale.

His arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday in Maricopa County Superior Court, when Maxwell will be asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

Maxwell allegedly pointed a gun at a female driver who came to his door to deliver a food order. The driver called police, and according to police reports, Maxwell showed signs of intoxication during his arrest, used excessive profanity and made “anti-police” statements.

In Arizona, the crime of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon can include a sentence of anywhere from five to 15 years in prison, though many factors are taken into consideration that could bring a much less severe penalty. Regardless of what happens through the legal system, Maxwell could face punishment from Major League Baseball and/or the A’s, including suspension.

The catcher drew attention this past season in becoming the only Major League player so far to kneel during the national anthem, in protest of racial and social injustice. The A’s issued a statement supporting Maxwell in his right to do so, and taking his legal problems out of the equation, he’s considered their primary catcher looking ahead to 2018 as the roster currently stands.

Former A's owner Ken Hofmann passes away at 95


Former A's owner Ken Hofmann passes away at 95

Ken Hofmann, who owned the A's for 10 years, passed away on Sunday night. He was 95.

Oakland native Hofmann purchased the Athletics franchise with partner Steve Schott on November 1, 1995, and ran the franchise through the 2005 season. Under his ownership, the Athletics won three American League West Division titles (2000, 2002, 2003) and made the playoffs four times (2000-2003). During that four-year postseason stretch, the A’s won the second-most games in Major League baseball with 392, an average of 98 wins per season. During his 10 seasons with the club, Oakland won the 3rd-most games in the American League and the 7th-most games in Major League Baseball.

A's president Dave Kaval issued the following statement:

“The Oakland A’s are deeply saddened by the news of Ken Hofmann’s passing. He will be remembered for his commitment to our community and his passion for the A’s. His contributions to our organization are still felt today. We extend our condolences to the Hofmann family, and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time."

The Oakland A's media services contributed to this report.

No-hitter earns Sean Manaea AL co-Player of the Week honors

No-hitter earns Sean Manaea AL co-Player of the Week honors

The end of last week was pretty good for Sean Manaea and the new week got off to a decent start for the A's left-hander.

Two days after no-hitting the MLB-best Red Sox, Manaea was named American League co-Player of the Week along with Orioles third baseman Manny Machado.

It's the first Player of the Week honor for the 26-year-old Manaea.

Manaea threw the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's franchise history and the first since Dallas Braden in 2010. Manaea struck out 10 and walked two batters in the effort. His defense committed one error along the way.

Manaea is having a stellar start to the 2018 season. In 36.2 innings pitched, he allowed just 16 hits, five earned runs (1.23 ERA) and struck out 30 batters.

What exactly did Machado do last week to keep Manaea from winning the award outright? He went 11 for 22 with two doubles, five home runs, seven runs scored and eight RBI.