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Jose Altuve likely got 'bad tattoo' during 2019 A's-Astros series

Jose Altuve likely got 'bad tattoo' during 2019 A's-Astros series

The tattoo at the center of the Houston Astros' buzzer scandal might have been done during a series against the A's.

Astros shortstop Carlos Correa recently told The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal that one of the reasons second baseman Jose Altuve didn't take his jersey off in celebration after clinching a trip the World Series last year, was because of a bad and unfinished tattoo.

The Houston Chronicle's Chandler Rome reported Monday the ink was done in San Francisco.

A source confirmed to NBC Sports California this tattoo would have been done while the A's were hosting Houston during the 2019 season. 

There have been rumors buzzers under Astros jersey were used to transmit what pitch was coming.

At first, the "reasoning," via Altuve's agent Scott Boras, behind not having his uniform stripped off in celebration, was due to the fact "he was shy." 

Many shirtless photos of Altuve on social media would claim otherwise. 

If this tattoo did indeed take two sessions to finish, and he was able to do it during a series in the Bay Area, wouldn't it be a bigger tattoo? There is photo evidence showing him shirtless after this supposed tattoo took place.

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ESPN's Jeff Passan reported seeing Altuve sporting a tattoo in the Houston spring training clubhouse recently. The reporter, however, was just unsure if the tattoo was "bad or not."

This is part of a series of allegations against the Astros that began around their 2017 World Series run. The electronic sign-stealing was brought to the surface by A's pitcher Mike Fiers, who went on the record in an interview with The Athletic in November to detail what Houston was doing during home games. 

Liam Hendriks, A's thank medical field during coronavirus pandemic

Liam Hendriks, A's thank medical field during coronavirus pandemic

During this unprecedented time amid the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), it’s given us an opportunity to give thanks to those who so selflessly have been working hard to ensure the rest of us stay safe. 

For A’s closer Liam Hendriks, he wanted to give a special shoutout to those in the medical field working hard:

 “We, as an Oakland Athletics organization, want to say, ‘Thank you,’ for everything you’re doing, please stay safe,” he said via the A’s Instagram account.

Hendriks personally has felt the devastation the coronavirus has brought upon us as a society. He revealed recently that a friend of his, Conrad Buchanan, died due to COVID-19. Hendriks announced the news on Instagram last week and urged the world to stay home, “not only for your health, but for the sake of others as well.”

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Hendriks also wrote that Buchanan is survived by his wife and daughter.

MLB The Show 20 player ratings: Where A’s roster ended up on 100 scale

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MLB The Show 20 player ratings: Where A’s roster ended up on 100 scale

We won't have live Oakland A’s baseball for a while. For now, we have to improvise.

One of the ways the league is making sure everyone stays home is by implementing a way to watch MLB The Show 20 in a tournament put on by the players themselves.

In the game, you’re able to create essentially your own legacy in Major League Baseball.

Just like most games based on professional sports, each individual is given an overall rating.

Here are how some of the A’s players fared, out of a possible best score of 100:

3B Matt Chapman: 92
Closer Liam Hendriks: 88
1B Matt Olson: 86
SS Marcus Semien: 85
CF Ramón Laureano: 83
RP Joakim Soria: 83
SP Sean Manaea: 81
RP Yusmeiro Petit: 81
RP J.B. Wendelken: 78
P Frankie Montas: 76

You can see the rest of the A’s numbers, as well as other players across the league, in this video:

For Matt Chapman, he’s unsurprisingly one of the best third basemen in the game according to The Show’s player ratings -- No. 4 in that category to be specific. Right behind Houston Astros star Alex Bregman, who was rated a 95. 

Nolan Arenado leads the hot corner with a 99 overall rating. Chappy earlier this year told NBC Sports California where he believed he ranked compared to Arenado, Bregman and even Anthony Rendon. Rendon was signed by the Angels in the offseason, which only beefed up the AL West at that position.

Last season, Chappy put up solid numbers earning his first All-Star selection and his second, and consecutive Gold and Platinum Glove Awards. He hit 36 home runs and slashed .249/.342/.506 with 91 RBI.

For Liam Hendriks, who was rated the second-highest on the team, he was the third-highest among closers, with Kirby Yates leading the category.

Last season, Hendriks was sensational with a 1.80 ERA and a 0.965 WHIP in 85 innings. He also earned the first All-Star selection of his career.

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Marcus Semien also earned high marks with his 85 rating. He was tied with the likes of Adalberto Mondesi, Carlos Correa and Trea Turner. Not a bad group to be associated with.

The ratings at shortstop had a lot to do with fielding abilities. Despite the shift in power we get to see among middle infielders, the glove was a highlight here -- but the bats were all but ignored. Semien has improved drastically over the last couple of seasons with both his glove and offensive game. He was appreciated here.

Angels star Mike Trout also received a 99 rating, which goes to show who the rest of the league has to measure up to.