Outfielder Robbie Grossman now is with the Detroit Tigers after two seasons in Oakland. While that might not seem like a long time, it was enough to create strong bonds with the team.
The A's have a group text chain they use during the season to stay in contact with one another. The team’s main contact, Marcus Semien, was the player representative and typically would lead communication.
Despite departing the A’s, Grossman said they still check in on each other even after leaving Oakland.
“We had a special group in Oakland,” Grossman said on MLB Network’s “Hot Stove” on Wednesday. “We’re all on a text thread and just when the news breaks, and we can actually say meaningful things to each other, like we did with Liam [Hendriks] the other day.”
Hendriks and the Chicago White Sox agreed to a three-year, $54 million contract on Monday. They all wished him congratulations it appears via this thread.
“I’m happy for him,” Grossman said. “Congrats to him and his family.
“You know baseball relationships. You play with so many guys and you form so many relationships -- they’ll never go away.”
Grossman’s arrival to Detroit will have him mastering a small adjustment at the plate he had been working on since last spring training.
“I always want to become a better player,” Grossman said. “I’m striving every day to learn more, to study up on the game, seeing what the other guys are doing, and like you said, [Darren] Bush really helped me out, he gave me the numbers I needed to succeed to become the player I want to be. I’m still mastering that, I’m still working on it.”