Oakland A's Organizational Notebook - 2/4/05

News and notes from the Oakland A's and their minor league affiliates.

Oakland A's

Annual Oakland A's FanFest February 12

The Oakland A's will be hosting their annual FenFest festivities on Saturday, February 12 at the McAfee Coliseum in Oakland. FanFest will run between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Activities will include A's player and employee question and answer sessions, autograph sessions, celebrity root beer floats, a Baseball: 101 clinic, a display of the A's World Series trophies, a tour of the A's locker room and clubhouse, and a number of interactive games.

In year's past, the A's have drawn as many as 20,000 fans to the event. Tickets and parking are $10.00 for the event and all proceeds go to the Oakland A's Community Fund and the Cure Autism Now Foundation. Mark Kotsay is an official spokesperson for the Cure Autism Foundation. He is scheduled to attend FanFest, along with fellow A's players and prospects Joe Blanton, Nick Swisher, Eric Chavez, Bobby Crosby, Rich Harden, and Barry Zito.

Sign-Up For Season Tickets; Meet Former A's Greats

For a limited time, the Oakland A's are offering fans the opportunity to meet A's stars Dave Stewart and Carney Lansford. Any fan who purchases an A's season ticket package before February 15 will be eligible for a special batting practice session at the Coliseum with Stew and Carney. For more information about this opportunity, contact the Oakland A's season ticket office or go to www.oaklandathletics.com.

Sacramento RiverCats (AAA) RiverCats Announce New Radio Broadcast Partner

The Sacramento RiverCats announced that they have partnered with 1380 KTKZ-AM to broadcast all of the RiverCats' 2005 games on the radio. KTKZ will also broadcast the Triple-A All-Star Game, which will take place at Raley Field in Sacramento on July 13.

"We're extremely excited to begin a long and prosperous partnership with KTKZ and we eagerly await the first pitch of the 2005 season," said Sacramento River Cats Vice President of Corporate Development & Broadcasting Darrin Gross.

The first KTKZ regular season broadcast will be on Opening Night. April 7. The RiverCats will begin the season in Sacramento and will host the Portland Beavers at 7:05 pm.

Midland RockHounds RockHounds Announce 2005 Coaching Staff

The Midland RockHounds, in conjunction with the Oakland A's, announced their coaching staff for the 2005 season. The A's Double-A franchise will be managed by Von Hayes, who served as the Modesto A's (High-A) skipper in 2004. He will be joined by hitting coach Eddie Williams, pitching coach Jim Coffman and trainer Javier Alvidrez.

Hayes, the former Philadelphia Phillies utility player, has managed for three seasons in the minor leagues. Last season he led the Modesto A's to the California League championship and was named the California League Manager of the Year. He has led his team to the playoff in each of his first two seasons managing.

Midland will also open the season on April 7. The RockHounds will square-off against the Frisco RoughRiders at home to start the season. Tickets are available at www.midlandrockhounds.org.

Stockton Ports

Broadcaster Toby Hyde Returns To The Stockton Ports' Radio Booth

The "Voice of the Ports" Toby Hyde will return to the Stockton radio booth for another season, the team announced this week. Hyde will announce all of the Ports games on KSTN AM 1420. KSTN will carry all 140 regular season Ports games. They will also feature a pre-game and post-game broadcast. Hyde is also the regular announcer for Stanford Women's Basketball.

"We are very excited to have Toby back on board for the 2005 season," said Ports General Manager Mike McCarroll. "His experience with the Ports in 2004 and Stanford Woman's Basketball makes him what we feel is the best broadcaster in the California League."

Hyde is a 2003 graduate of Stanford University. In addition to announcing Stanford Women's Basketball games, he has appeared on the Stanford Cardinal Farm Report on KMVT.

"I am very excited to be returning to the Ports," said Hyde. "The new partnership with KSTN AM 1420, Banner Island Ballpark and the Oakland A's affiliation brings everything together for the Ports, all which will lead to a very exciting year of broadcasting."

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