SEATTLE — The A’s are putting a sudden halt to sales of their newly created monthly Ballpark Pass come Wednesday.
According to the team, it’s a positive development. The pass, which gives fans access to every home game in a month for $19.99, is a standing-room only ticket which can be located at different spots around the ballpark. Fans access the pass through the MLB Ballpark App on their phone and find out the day of the game where their ticket is for that particular game.
Because the passes were selling fast, the A’s decided to put a cap on sales. They’ve determined they can accommodate up to 2,000 fans per game in their standing room-only areas.
“We’ve received tremendous success with the pass since it launched last week,” said Catherine Aker, the A’s director of corporate communications. “These are Standing Room Only tickets so we need to limit availability. Since this is a new product, we wanted to roll it out in a way where we can make sure we provide good customer service and experience for fans.”
The pass will be on sale until 5 p.m. Wednesday through the MLB Ballpark app, which is free to download.
The A’s just announced the launch of the Ballpark Pass on Thursday, an outside-the-box approach to selling more tickets for a club that ranks 29th out of 30 major league teams in average home attendance (16,159).
For the second straight season, Kendall Graveman will get the ball on Opening Day for the A's. And for the second straight year, he'll face Mike Trout and the Angels.
The team made the news official on Tuesday morning.
Last year, in a win over the Angels, Graveman went six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out seven.
"It's something I don't take for granted. It's an honor and a privilege and [I just want to] try to get the season off to a good start and hopefully be a leader of this staff," Graveman told reporters Tuesday in Arizona.
In four seasons with the A's and Blue Jays, Graveman has a 4.11 ERA in 76 appearances.
UPDATE (Mar. 19, 7:45 p.m. PT): The A's officially announced the Cahill signing on Monday. This story has been updated to reflect that.
On the same day the Oakland A's learned they'd be without Jharel Cotton all season, they signed a familiar face to bolster their pitching depth.
Oakland agreed to a one-year deal with Trevor Cahill, nearly 12 years after the A's drafted him in the second round.
Cahill pitched for Oakland from 2009-11. He started 96 games in three seasons with the A's, going 40-35 with a 3.91 ERA and 1.32 WHIP. Since Oakland traded him to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Dec. 2011, Cahill's pitched for six teams.
The 30-year-old won a World Series ring with the Chicago Cubs in 2016, and pitched for the San Diego Padres and Kansas City Royals last season. In 2017, he went 4-3 in 21 appearances (14 starts) with a 4.93 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.