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Reports: Kaval leaving Earthquakes to focus on A's, new stadium

Reports: Kaval leaving Earthquakes to focus on A's, new stadium

Editor's Note: The above video is fromMay 9, 2017.

Dave Kaval's seven-year run as president of the San Jose Earthquakes appears to be over.

Kaval, who also became president of the A's last year, will be replaced as president of the Quakes, according to multiple reports.

News of the change was first reported by The San Jose Mercury News and The San Francisco Chronicle.

The move is being made to allow Kaval to focus on the A's efforts to build a new stadium.

The Earthquakes will reportedly name Tom Fox, former executive for English Premiere League teams Arsenal and Aston Villa, as new team president.

“For us, it was all about finding the right person. For the long-term, it was the best. But it pulled me very thin in two locations,” Kaval told The Mercury News on Wednesday.

The A's issued a statement to The Chronicle regarding Kaval's transition:

"In his brief time as A's president, Dave has implemented a number of initiatives to increase our organization's profile and connect with our fan base. Under this leadership, the A's are committed to three long-term goals: grow our community impact, build a new ballpark in Oakland and continue the tradition of championship-caliber baseball. This transition from the Quakes will allow him to focus solely on accomplishing these goals."

Kaval and the A's have made it known that they plan to announce the site of a new A's ballpark later this year.

 

Report: Shawn Kelley 'almost became physical' with Nationals GM after outburst that led to trade

Report: Shawn Kelley 'almost became physical' with Nationals GM after outburst that led to trade

In 3.1 innings over four appearances with the A's, reliever Shawn Kelley has allowed just one hit and one walk. He has yet to allow a run. He should likely still be pitching for the Washington Nationals. But he's not. He's putting up those numbers for the A's instead.

Kelley found himself on the A's earlier this month after the Nationals designated him for assignment due to an outburst on the field. With Washington up 25-1 against the Mets on July 31, Kelley was brought into the game and gave up a three-run homer. He slammed his glove down and starred into his dugout, in apparent anger over manager Dave Martinez not defending him against bad calls by the home plate umpire. The next day, Kelley was DFA'd. On August 5, Washington traded him to Oakland for international slot bonus money.

Two weeks later, new details surrounding the incident on July 31 have emerged.

According to the Washington Post, Kelley was confronted by Nationals GM Mike Rizzo in the team's clubhouse at Nationals Park. Fellow veteran pitchers Max Scherzer and Ryan Madson also had words with Kelley. The encounter with Rizzo "became heated, including raised voices, and eventually it almost became physical," according to the publication.

The Post was able to get ahold of Kelley for comment regarding the incident:

“I hate to be seen as a guy that was showing up his manager or selfish because I’ve played 10 years and I’ve never been that guy. So I don’t think I’d start now. It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances but it is what it is so I’ll move on and make the best of it," Kelley told The post's Chelsea Janes.

A's notes: Khris Davis continues to own Astros ace Justin Verlander

A's notes: Khris Davis continues to own Astros ace Justin Verlander

OAKLAND — Justin Verlander has made a lot of good hitters look silly over the years. Khris Davis is not one of them.

The A's slugger belted two home runs off Verlander, followed by a single, improving to 6-for-11 with four home runs in his career against the former MVP.

This was Davis' 21st career multi-homer game, and his sixth this season, tied for third most in Oakland history behind Reggie Jackson (eight), Jose Canseco (seven), and Mark McGwire (seven). Davis also set a career high with his eighth three-hit game of the season.

--- Despite allowing four earned runs, Verlander earned his 200th career win. He joins Bartolo Colon and CC Sabathia as the only active pitchers with at least 200 wins and 2,500 strikeouts.

--- The five home runs allowed by the A's tied a season high. Oakland also gave up five home runs June 5 at Texas.

--- The nine runs allowed by the A's were their most in a game since July 24 at Texas, a 13-10 win in 10 innings.

--- Sean Manaea allowed six runs, tying his season high. He gave up nine hits, also tying a season high.

--- Matt Olson went 1-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to seven games, tying a career high.

--- Mark Canha is 0 for his last 11 at the plate. He is batting .125 (5-for-40) in the month of August.

--- Jonathan Lucroy snapped an 0-for-15 skid with a base hit in the seventh inning. He is batting .189 (7-for-37) in August.