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Welcome to our own deputy editor Gregor Blanco Jersey , Ashley MacLennan’s newest project."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Detroit ers Game ThreadsDetroit Tigers NewsDetroit Tigers PodcastsDetroit Tigers Editorials & OpinionsNew YouTube channel aims to educate and entertain baseball fansNew,3commentsWelcome to our own deputy editor, Ashley MacLennan’s newest project.EDTShareTweetShareShareNew YouTube channel aims to educate and entertain baseball fansDarren Yamashita-USA TODAY SportsBeyond our coverage of Detroit Tigers news, and the analysis we provide at Bless You Boys, one of our key mandates is to be an ally to the game at large, and to do our small part to encourage its growth and appreciation. Baseball is our favorite game, after all. So in the course of a season, you’ll see everything from articles on ballpark food and promotions, to baseball history, the business of the game, assorted snark, all the way to deep dives into the latest metrics. We like to bring something to the table for any level of fan to enjoy, and the smartest, best looking, and most welcoming online community in baseball is a big part of making that happen. We thank you.BYB deputy editor Ashley MacLennan Fernando Rodney Jersey , who also works for our sister site DRaysBay, has been featured in FanGraphs and The Hardball Times, and somehow writes books all on top of her 9-to-5, is taking things a step farther. If you’re a frequent listener of the Bless You Boys podcast, you’ve probably already heard about her new project. She’s branching out with her own YouTube channel, 90 Feet From Home. The goal, is to educate and entertain fans with episodes designed to make the game more accessible for everyone.The first video, which debuted on Tuesday, is part of a basic guide to baseball for beginners. Early episodes will feature a lot of the basics a newcomer to the game needs to know. But there are ideas for a wide variety of content. Equipment, rules, history, breakdowns of types of skills, elements of playing each position, and potentially, the live deconstruction of an actual major league issue baseball are just some of the topics likely to be featured in various episodes.Fortunately for all of us Jorge De La Rosa Jersey , MacLennan will be working on the YouTube project in addition to her myriad other endeavors, so we will be gaining a fun new baseball channel, without our coverage suffering from her absence. Please check it out here, use it as a primer for newcomers, suggest topics you’d like to see in future videos, click like, and subscribe. MESA, Ariz. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics will take a look at Robbie Grossman as a potential leadoff man when they open spring play.The Athletics host the Seattle Mariners on Thursday as the teams get a head start on spring training games. Both teams will also open the regular season ahead of the rest of the league when they face each other in Japan on March 20-21.Oakland manager Bob Melvin wanted to get Grossman in the leadoff spot as soon as he could. The A’s signed the free agent outfielder last Friday.“It’s one of the reasons we picked him up, he has a history of getting on base,” Melvin said. “He’s a guy who’s been tough on us as well. He’ll probably get some time there, break him in quickly.”Last year, the A’s used Matthew Joyce, Marcus Semien and Nick Martini in the leadoff spot.The Athletics’ lineup for Thursday also has Stephen Piscotty batting third, something Melvin said they may experiment with. Other candidates include Khris Davis, who batted fourth most of last season Taijuan Walker Jersey , and Matt Olson, who mostly batted fifth.“You look at Stephen’s numbers and he’s certainly an option for it,” Melvin said. “Last year, we were pretty consistent with our 3-4-5 spots so it may change a little bit more this year.”Third baseman Matt Chapman, who is coming off surgery on his left non-throwing shoulder, is not in Thursday’s lineup. Chapman has been taking batting practice but he’s about one week behind, Melvin said.Something else to watch as the A’s get started is how Semien and new second baseman Jurickson Profar work together. The Athletics acquired Profar from the Rangers in December.“It’s been going just fine,” Semien said. “We’ve been getting our work in on the same field every day and hitting together and taking ground balls together. He’s fitting in nicely with the group. I know he can hit and he gets to play second base every day now instead of moving around so that will be exciting to watch.”NOTES: Paul Blackburn was scheduled to start for the A’s on Thursday. If the game is canceled because of rain, Melvin said they would likely have the right-hander throw a simulated game. .. Former A’s outfielder Coco Crisp has joined the radio broadcast team as an analyst. Crisp, who played seven seasons with Oakland from 2010-16, will be in the radio booth for 33 games during the regular season. He’ll make his debut when the A’s face the San Francisco Giants on March 10 in a spring training game.
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