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Source: A's agree to terms with 2017 first-round pick Austin Beck

Source: A's agree to terms with 2017 first-round pick Austin Beck

The A's have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Austin Beck, a source told NBC Sports California, and the outfielder is expected to be on hand at the Coliseum on Tuesday.

Beck was drafted by the A's with the No. 6 overall pick last week out of North Davidson High School. He was one of the top-rated hitters in the draft, high school or college.

The A's traditionally bring in their top draft picks to meet players and the media after they agree to terms. Position players usually take batting practice too.

It was just a couple weeks ago that Beck took part in a private workout at the Coliseum and put on a show for A's officials, solidifying him as the player the A's wanted.

Patrick Mahomes' dad, Pat, was MLB pitcher Bay Area fans might remember

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Patrick Mahomes' dad, Pat, was MLB pitcher Bay Area fans might remember

There weren't many teams that could slow down Patrick Mahomes in 2018. The second-year Chiefs quarterback had one of the most successful seasons in NFL history, and he's likely on his way to winning the MVP. 

If you want to know how to get the best of Mahomes, just ask Oakland and San Francisco. No, not the Raiders and 49ers, but the A's and Giants. 

In three games this season -- two against the Raiders and one against the 49ers -- Mahomes combined to throw for 890 yards, nine touchdowns, one interception, and three wins. Maybe the Bay Area's football teams should have called their baseball counterparts.

Take out the "rick" and you have Pat Mahomes, aka the gunslinger's father, the same man who pitched 11 years in Major League Baseball. 

The elder Mahomes was a sixth-round MLB draft pick by the Twins in 1988, and wound up pitching for six different teams -- Twins, Red Sox, Mets, Rangers, Cubs, and Pirates. Two of his least favorite teams to face, were the A's and Giants. 

Over 18 games, the A's had Pat Mahomes' number, to say the least. He had a 7.00 ERA against Oakland, the third-highest of all teams he faced at least 10 times. In 54 innings pitched, he allowed 19 home runs, the most any team hit against him. 

The Giants faced Mahomes much less than the A's, but had just as much success. In five appearances out of the bullpen, San Francisco scored five earned runs in 6.1 innings pitched, good for a 7.11 ERA. 

He only struck out one Giant in his career. 

If the Patriots want to slow down Patrick Mahomes and the explosive Chiefs offense in the AFC Championship Game, don't play it safe, swing for the fences. 

A's push for Mariners great Edgar Martinez in Baseball Hall of Fame

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A's push for Mariners great Edgar Martinez in Baseball Hall of Fame

Edgar Martinez is on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot for one final time this year, and the A's are pushing for their former AL West rival to rightfully be inducted. 

Martinez spent his entire 18-year career playing for the Seattle Mariners. When it comes to Cooperstown, however, Oakland is putting the past away. 

The A's saw plenty of Martinez over his career, and he saw plenty of success against them. In those 177 games, he also had a .953 OPS with 28 home runs and just 101 strikeouts to 127 walks.

What's wild is the A's weren't even close to the team Martinez had the most success against. Look away, Indians fans: Edgar hit .347 with 30 home runs and 104 RBI over 135 games against Cleveland.

Oh, and for good fun, he also hit .343 with a 1.165 OPS against the Giants in 14 games. 

This is the 10th time Martinez has been on a Baseball Hall of Fame ballot. In 2018, the percentage of votes he received sky-rocketed from 58.6 to 70.4. To be elected, one must have at least 75 percent of votes. 

If public ballots are any indications, Martinez could be getting the call he's waited his whole life for later this month. As of this publishing date, Martinez has received 91 percent of votes in the 188 known ballots (45.6 percent of total voters) that have been sent to Ryan Thibodaux. 

Voters need to get on the same page as the A's. The wait has been long enough. It's time to give Martinez, a seven-time All-Star and .312 career hitter, his call to the Hall.