Kaval introduces new Coliseum food, lowered beer prices

Kaval introduces new Coliseum food, lowered beer prices

MESA, Ariz. — A’s president Dave Kaval took to Facebook Live on Tuesday to announce a slew of new menu items at the Coliseum, plus the news of the A’s dropping beer prices for this season.

Kaval introduced Effie Speigler, the executive chef in charge of ballpark food, and then one-by-one discussed new (or upgraded) items such as:

—a Colossal dog with a new bun brought in from a local bakery

—a chicken-and-waffles sandwich

—a California burger with avocado

—Sidewinder garlic fries

—new ingredients for a reinvented nacho dish

—two wines being made exclusively for the A’s — the Swingin’ A’s Chardonnay and the Bill King Holy Toledo Reserve Cabernet.

Kaval even made like a late-night infomercial host, tasting the loaded tator tots and giving them an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

Kaval and Speigler also unveiled some of the food items on the menu for Shibe Park Tavern, which takes the place of the former West Side Club.

As for the beer, the Coliseum will have 91 different brews throughout the ballpark, including 77 on tap. All 77 will be discounted for the 2017 season — $10 for premium beers and $8 for domestic. According to Kaval, the A’s will have the lowest beer prices of any Bay Area sports venue.

The A’s also are holding a contest, for the next week, where fans can suggest additional food items they’d like to see at the Coliseum. The top five ideas chosen will be put up for vote by the public, with the person responsible for the top vote-getter winning Opening Night tickets. Suggestions can be made on Twitter with the hashtag #athleticsfoodie.


Projecting the A's postseason roster


Projecting the A's postseason roster

Bob Melvin and his staff will have some tough decisions to make if/when they have to narrow down Oakland's active roster from 40 to 25 for the postseason.

Playoff teams have to set their roster prior to each round and cannot make changes until the next series, except in the case of injury. The American League Wild Card Game does count as its own round, meaning the winner of that game can set a new roster for the American League Division Series.

With 11 games remaining in the regular season, the A's and Yankees appear to be headed toward a Wild Card showdown. With that in mind, we decided to take a stab at Oakland's projected roster and starting lineup.

Catchers: Jonathan Lucroy, Josh Phegley

Infielders: Matt Olson, Jed Lowrie, Marcus Semien, Matt Chapman

Outfielders: Stephen Piscotty, Ramón Laureano, Nick Martini, Dustin Fowler, Matt Joyce

DH: Khris Davis

Utility: Chad Pinder, Mark Canha

Pitchers: Mike Fiers, Blake Treinen, Lou Trivino, Jeurys Familia, Fernando Rodney, Shawn Kelley, Ryan Buchter, Cory Gearrin, Yusmeiro Petit, Daniel Mengden, Brett Anderson

Starting lineup (vs RHP)

1. Nick Martini - LF
2. Matt Chapman - 3B
3. Jed Lowrie - 2B
4. Khris Davis - DH
5. Matt Olson - 1B
6. Stephen Piscotty - RF
7. Marcus Semien - SS
8. Ramón Laureano - CF
9. Jonathan Lucroy - C
Mike Fiers - RHP

Starting lineup (vs LHP)

1. Ramón Laureano - CF
2. Matt Chapman - 3B
3. Jed Lowrie - 2B
4. Khris Davis - DH
5. Stephen Piscotty - RF
6. Matt Olson - 1B
7. Marcus Semien - SS
8. Mark Canha - LF
9. Jonathan Lucroy - C
Mike Fiers - RHP

You probably noticed Edwin Jackson and Trevor Cahill were left off this roster. Since it's only a one-game series, Mengden and Anderson could provide long relief if necessary. Jackson and Cahill would then be added to the ALDS roster, if the A's were to advance. Liam Hendriks would also likely join the ALDS roster so Melvin would have the option of “bullpenning.”

Jackson, Cahill, and Hendriks would probably replace Joyce, Fowler or Canha, and Mengden or Petit. Mengden would seem to be a better bet for the ALDS roster than Petit because of his success in “bullpenning” games. As for the outfielders, Melvin would have to decide what he values most -- Fowler would provide the best pinch-running option, but Canha has crushed left-handed pitching and could be a valuable pinch-hitter.

As we stated at the top, Melvin will have some difficult choices to make. But it's a nice problem to have.

A's notes: Canha, Fowler demonstrate Oakland's depth with clutch hits

A's notes: Canha, Fowler demonstrate Oakland's depth with clutch hits

OAKLAND — Despite Tuesday's loss to the Angels, a pair of somewhat forgotten A's outfielders had big nights. Left fielder Mark Canha made his first start in 10 days and came through with a big three-run double in the fourth inning. Rookie Dustin Fowler pinch-hit in the eighth and notched a two-run single, his first hit since July 26.

“It just felt good to contribute,” Canha said. “It was a big moment for me. ... When you're not playing all the time, it's nice to have some reassurance that what you're working on when you're not playing is the right thing.”

“Everybody is ready to play,” added A's manager Bob Melvin. “They know we're going to pinch-hit and try to get the best matchups. ... Guys know in our dugout when to be ready for certain situations and both those guys were.

Canha's bases clearing double gave him 50 RBI for the season. He has already tied a career high with 16 home runs.

--- Right-handed pitcher Daniel Mengden allowed just one run in four innings of work. In his last three “bullpenning” appearances, Mengden has allowed one run on three hits in 13 2/3 innings.

“I'm getting really acclimated to this new role now,” he said. “I feel like I have my feet under me now and have a grasp of what to do and how to handle it.”

“I thought he was good,” Melvin added. “He gave us what he needed to and left with a lead. Usually in that situation, we're able to close out games.”

--- Pitcher Liam Hendriks has thrown five straight scoreless innings as an “opener.” He lowered his ERA to 2.70 in his six starts this season.

--- Second baseman Jed Lowrie walked three times, tying his single-game high. He set a career high with his 74th walk of the season.

--- Reliever Shawn Kelley allowed his first runs as a member of the A's. He had thrown 12 1/3 scoreless innings in his previous 14 games.

--- Angels center fielder Mike Trout blasted his 15th home run at the Coliseum since 2010, the most of any visiting player during that time. This season in Oakland, Trout is batting .424 (14-for-33) with two homers and six RBI. 

--- The A's have lost three games in a row for the first time since July 27-29, when they were swept by the Rockies.

--- The A's fell to 6-8 against the Angels this season. Los Angeles has won the season series four straight years. 

--- Despite Tuesday's loss, the A's are 56-25 since June 16, the best record in Major League Baseball.