A’s release Andrus; Elvis had the fifth longest shortstop streak in baseball

Oakland A’s shortstop Elvis Andrus rounds the bases after hitting a two run homer in the top of the seventh at Globe Life Field in Arlington against the Texas Rangers on Tue Aug 16, 2022 was released Wed Aug 17, 2022 by the A’s (AP News photo)

A’s release shortstop Elvis Andrus

By Amaury Pi Gonzalez and Lewis Rubman

Elvis Andrus, born in Venezuela, has played 1,872 career games in the field, all at shortstop, which is the fifth-longest career-opening streak of appearing only at shortstop in Major League history behind Derek Jeter (2674), Luis Aparicio (2583), Ozzie Smith (2511) and Alan Trammell (1910).

He is a .270 career hitter with 87 home runs and 703 RBI in 1,904 games in 14 seasons in the majors. Andrus is the active leader in stolen bases (324), is tied for fourth in triples (50), ranks sixth in hits (1948) and games (1904), and ninth in runs (994).

Jed Lowrie and Stephen Piscotty were also released by the A’s recently. Vogt could be next, they are “cleaning up” more payroll, and all the veterans are methodically being released. Paul Blackburn is out for the rest of the season due to discomfort in his pitching hand. The A’s are currently on the road in Texas against the Rangers.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead play by play announcer on Spanish radio for the Oakland A’s and Lewis Rubman is an Oakland A’s beat writer at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

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