Oakland A's Notebook: 02/09/05

News on the Stockton Ports and who the Oakland A's are inviting to major league camp in this week's Oakland A's Notebook.

Stockton Ports

The Stockton Ports announced on Tuesday that they will be delaying their home Opening Day to give more time for construction on Banner Island Ballpark to be completed. The new Opening Day has been set for Thursday, April 28, 2005 vs. the San Jose Giants; it had been originally scheduled for April 21, 2005 vs. the Visalia Oaks.

"The Ports continue to do their part in helping the City deliver Banner Island Ballpark to the Stockton community," said Ports General Manager, Mike McCarroll said in a statement released by the team. "The additional week will allow the contractor extra time to put the finishing touches on the Ballpark, and for the Ports staff to thoroughly complete the systems testing required to insure a first-class fan experience on Opening Night."

The Ports will play the originally scheduled Opening Weekend games at Visalia on April 21 – April 24; they will make up the four home games in three days beginning on Memorial Day with a double-header matinee.

"We made the decision to move forward with this change now so that we could get the word out to our loyal Season Seat holders and sponsors," said McCarroll. "We also had to take into consideration the impact any change would have on our players and the other teams in the California League."

Oakland A's

The Oakland A's announced their non-roster invitations to major league spring training camp on Tuesday. The A's will invite 17 non-roster players to compete in the big league camp. Those players are:
(PITCHERS)- RHP Evan Fahrner, RHP Britt Reames, RHP Kirk Saarloos, RHP Jimmy Serrano, RHP Huston Street, RHP Brad Sullivan, RHP Billy Slyvester.
(CATCHERS)- Daric Barton, Kurt Suzuki.
(INFIELDERS)- 2B Omar Quintanilla, UT Bobby Smith, 3B Brian Snyder.
(OUTFIELDERS)- Hiram Bocachica, Jermaine Clark, Jack Cust, Shawn Garrett, Richie Robnett.

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