That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: The Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum presents A’s President honorary plaque

photo provided by Amaury Pi Gonzalez (left) as the author presents the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame the Victor A. Suarez Notorious Community Service Award plaque to Oakland A’s president David Kaval on Tue Oct 4, 2022 at the Oakland Coliseum

The Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum presents A’s President

By Amaury Pi-González

October 5, 2022

OAKLAND– Oakland A’s Executive Offices, Oakland Coliseum. Mr. Dave Kaval, President of the Oakland A’s received The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum and Hall of Fame plaque for his cooperation with the museum events, from the Fan-Fest, to the Museum at the Coliseum to other events supporting this non-profit organization.

Mr.Dave Kaval receives the Victor A. Suarez Notorious Community Service Award at the Oakland Coliseum Athletics Executive Offices.

Mr. Kaval is looking forward to the A’s new home at Howard Terminal, Oakland and the Museum as part of the whole baseball oriented entertainment center that will revitalize the City of Oakland.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: Cost of A’s ballpark worries Oakland residents; Infrastructure and affordable housing worries Fisher and the A’s

Artists rendition of the inside of an Oakland A’s Howard Terminal ballpark in downtown Oakland (Port of Oakland photo)

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#1 Amaury, just have to ask you about the concerns that Oakland residents have regarding the cost of building a new ballpark although it’s suppose to be done with private funds the public is worries that a tax is coming with a new A’s park?

#2 No figure has been presented regarding a price tag for the new ballpark that would include, housing, retail, and parking structures.

#3 The A’s are paying for the new park from private funds it’s the housing and retail and surrounding infrastructure that the public is worried that they’ll be on the hook for?

#4 Amaury, crime in Oakland has been in headlines of late with two Berkeley High schoolers getting shot and killed in Oakland and an Oakland High School shooting that ended up with six adults injured how much does that play into the A’s moving into safe downtown for their fans?

#5 On the field tonight for the Los Angeles Angels lefthander Patrick Sandoval (6-9, 3.09) for the A’s Adrian Martinez (4-6, 6.08) a 6:40 pm PDT first pitch at the Oakland Coliseum.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead play by play announcer for the Oakland A’s Spanish radio network and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury’s News and Commentary: Howard Terminal-A’s lose legal challenge

Issues of about the environment surrounding the Oakland A’s Howard Terminal location and project includes toxic waste and melted shredded metal amongst other environmental problems at Schnitzer Steel Plant in Oakland. (Mercury News file photo)

Howard Terminal: A’s Lose Legal Challenge

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By Amaury Pi-González

OAKLAND–A lost season with over 100 games in the L column is coming to an end, as the Oakland A’s will play their last three games this season, a series against the LA Angels at the Oakland Coliseum, Monday through Wednesday.

The Oakland A’s also lost a legal challenge in a state appeals court against a metal shredder named Schnitzer which is near the site of the A’s planned new Howard Terminal ballpark.

For decades Schnitzer metals plant has been turning discarded cars, scrap metal, and cars into recyclable and non-recyclable waste. Millions of tons of metals and plastics and others such as lead, copper, and zinc at a potentially dangerous levels.

But this Friday, September 30, a state appeals court overturned a ruling in favor of the A’s, saying that Schnitzer metal shredding company near the proposed Howard Terminal site for the new baseball park need not classify its treated residue as hazardous waste, In a 3-0 decision after reviewing the research studies, Judge Alison Tucher said that “there is no threat to human health or the environment from managing treated metal shredder waste as non-hazardous”

Refreshing our memory – The A’s sued the state agency in August 2020 for refusing to classify the waste as hazardous, saying the plant releases 200,000 tons of metal waste annually that pollutes the air, water and soil.

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Paul Herbert ruled in March 2021 that a state law passed seven years earlier required the department to classify metal waste as hazardous, prohibiting its disposal in landfills. But the A’s did not win this one.

The A’s could come back with the argument that they disagree with this decision and they will not build their new park next to a metal waste plant that could endanger the health of their fans.

Now, this ‘legal jujitsu’ might continue as the A’s can seek review in the state Supreme Court. However, so far the A’s and the company have not made any statements regarding this most recent legal decision.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead play by play announcer for the Oakland A’s Spanish radio network and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Roger Maris Jr. Says Barry Bonds Home run record is Illegitimate

Mother and child reunion: New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge celebrates home run number 61 with mother Patty at Rogers Centre in Toronto on Wed Sep 28, 2022 against the Toronto Blue Jays. Judge becomes tied for the American League single season lead with Yankee Roger Maris Sr (AP News photo)

Roger Maris Jr. Says Barry Bonds Home run record is Illegitimate

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By Amaury Pi-Gonzalez

Roger Maris Jr. was in attendance in Toronto on Thursday, September 28, when Yankee slugger Aaron Judge hit home run No.61 to tie his father Roger Maris who established the Home run record in the American League hitting 61 in 1961. This is what Roger Maris Jr. told the Associated Press – “He should be revered for being the actual single-season home run champ,” Maris said after Judge hit his 61st on Wednesday night to match Roger Maris’ record-setting total with the Yankees in 1961. I mean, that's really who he is if he hits 62, and I think that's what needs to happen. I think baseball needs to look at the records and I think baseball should do something.'' Asked Wednesday whether he considers McGwire and Bonds home run totals to be illegitimate, Maris answered yes.I do,'' he said.I think most people do.” What Mr.Maris Jr said is much like what I wrote during my last article.

In 1999 St Louis Cardinals Mark McGwire hit 65 while Sammy Sosa had three seasons of over 60 home runs, from 1998 to 2001 hitting, 66, 64, 63. While McGwire admitted to using steroids, Sosa and Bond maintained they did not use it knowingly. It wasn’t until 2004 that Major League Baseball began testing for PED’s/drugs with penalties that same year.

The records and history are there for everybody to see, especially now in this age of high technology when all the information you can get in your cell phone within seconds. That was not the case in 1961, when nobody doubted if Roger Maris’s record was legitimate or not.

How much have times changed in baseball? Consider this, the biggest “controversy” in 1961 was when Roger Maris hit 61 home runs to break Babe Ruth’s 1927 record of 60. The argument was: While Ruth hit 60 home runs in the 1927 season that was 154 games long, Maris hit 61 but when the season was 162 games long.

Will Major League Baseball do something to “adjust” the situation, of who is the real holder of the one-season home run record? Probably not. I believe MLB is leaving this controversy to the record books, to history, to votes in the Hall of Fame and many asterisks to follow.

Aaron Judge needs one more home run to be the undisputed home run king for one season and he will have seven (7) more games left to do it. And then, there will be another discussion. I think.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the Oakland A’s lead play by play Spanish announcer on flagship station on LeGrande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcast: National Anthem standoff doesn’t quite workout as planned; Braves honored at White House

From left, Braves President of Baseball Operations Alex Anthopoulos, manager Brian Snitker, President Joe Biden, and Braves President and CEO Terry McGuirk who were celebrating their 2021 Championship at the White House on Mon Sep 26, 2022 (AP News photo)

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#1 The Seattle Mariners Robbie Ray and the Kansas City Royals Luke Weaver both did a national anthem standoff and while after the anthem was played both Ray and Weaver stayed in front of their respective dugouts with their hats over their hearts until the umpire threw them both out of the game on Sunday.

#2 President Biden welcomed the World Champion Atlanta Braves to celebrated their World Series victory in 2021. Biden said that the Braves “unstoppable” the Braves presented Biden with a number 46 jersey for being the 46th president.

#3 The Cleveland Guardians made an unexpected finish finishing at the top of the AL Central to clinch the division with a win over the Texas Rangers. The Guardians are the youngest team in baseball as well.

#4 Amaury, Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly has announced that he will not manage the Marlins past this season. Mattingly had been with the Marlins since 2016 and did not option to seek a contract extension.

#5 The Marlins wore the Cuban Sugar Cane uniforms over the weekend. The Marlins wanted to honor the former Triple A team the Sugar Canes. The Sugar Canes were a minor league team from 1954-60.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: The Home Run record is 61, not 73

New York Yankees star Aaron Judge needs just one more home run to tie the American League home run mark in one season held by the late and former Yankee Roger Maris. Here Judge walks to first base after getting a base on balls from Boston Red Sox pitcher Brayan Bello on Sun Sep 25, 2022 at Yankee Stadium in New York (AP News photo)

The Home Run record is 61, not 73

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By Amaury Pi-González

New York Yankee Aaron Judge is just one home run away from tying the American League record of 61 by Yankee Roger Maris in 1961.

Considering all that has happened in baseball since 1961, including the steroids era, it is understandable to believe the real home run record for a regular season (as of today) is that of Roger Maris, 61.

Barry Bonds (2001) who hit 73 home runs holds the major league record. In 1998 Mark McGwire ended with 70 home runs and that same year, Sammy Sosa finished with 66 home runs. We all know these three sluggers did not establish those one season-records without the use of PED’s.

The three have enough lifetime home runs and hitting stats to have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, five years after their last year of play, but we also know why they have not been elected. It remains to be seen if and when they will be elected. More on this at the end.

With nine (9) games left for the Yankees, beginning this Monday. 26 of September, Aaron Judge might soon be the all time home run hitter for a regular season in the history of Major League Baseball.

The New York Yankees, who have won 27 World Series, would be proud to have the three sluggers that made original history. Babe Ruth 60 in 1927, Roger Maris 61 in 1961 and Aaron Judge in 2022.

As far as baseball historians are concerned, Ruth, Maris and Judge have done it without scandals. Induction into the Hall of Fame is based on performance during a whole career.

Babe Ruth is in Cooperstown, Roger Maris, was never elected and Aaron Judge, is way too early to tell, although he is not a rookie, but 30 years old, have been a Yankee since 2016 and to date has hit a total of 218 home runs. However, I am talking about a “the one season home run record”.

Starting this Monday the 26 of September the Yankees visit Toronto for 3 games, return to Yankee Stadium in New York for 3 games against the Baltimore Orioles and then they close the season at Texas against the Rangers for a 3-game series that will end their regular season on October 5.

Aaron Judge will have the last nine (9) games of the season to tie Roger Maris 61 home run record in 1961, and at least one more, 62, to establish the new record. If he achieves it, Aaron Judge will own the new record in the American League.

However, in my humble opinion his record should be the legitimate overall MLB home run record. MLB still recognizes Barry Bonds 73 home runs in 2001 as the current record for home runs in one season. Bonds and others mentioned here and not mentioned here, keep falling short of Hall of Fame election.

The Era Committees, formerly known as the Veterans Committee, consider retired Major League Baseball players no longer eligible for election by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA), along with managers, umpires and executives, whose greatest contributions to the game were realized in one of four eras.

Committees meet at the MLB Winter Meetings. The home run record for one season is independent of these committees, but baseball can still correct themselves, if they wish to do so, although I believe they will not.

Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I respect it. I hope you respect mine.

The regular 2022 season ends on October 5, and a couple of days later the postseason will get under way. The latest 2022 World Series odds have the LA Dodgers (+350) and Houston Astros (+425) at the top of the board with the Mets (+550), Yankees (+550) and Braves (+850) circling behind.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the lead play by play Spanish announcer for the Oakland A’s on flagship station LeGrande 1010 KIQI San Francisco and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum – Fiesta Gigantes -José Uribe Award

Author, Amaury Pi Gonzalez (left) stands with San Francisco Giants Wilmer Flores (right) after Flores accepts the Jose Uribe Award at Oracle Park from Amaury on behalf of the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Hall of Fame Museum on Sun Sep 19, 2022 (@SFGiants photo)

Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum – Fiesta Gigantes -José Uribe Award

By Amaury Pi-González

SAN FRANCISCO–On Sunday, the 18th of September, Fiesta Gigantes at Oracle Park, home of the Giants, was not stopped by the rain storm that invaded the Bay Area.

Prior to the game the José Uribe Sportsmanship Award is awarded to Wilmer Flores a San Francisco Giant Hispanic player who best exemplifies the character and Sportsmanship, of the late José Uribe, a former San Francisco Giant shortstop from the Dominican Republic who was a member of the 1989 National League Champion, San Francisco Giants who went on to play the Oakland Athletics during the Loma Prieta-Earthquake stricken World Series.

Wilmer Flores was all smiles as he received the José Uribe Award inside the Giants dugout prior to facing the LA Dodgers during the last game of the year against the all-time rivals.

Wilmer is the most versatile player for the Giants this season and recently agreed to a two-year $13 million contract extension, including a mutual option for the 2015 season. He was gracious and humble as he accepted the José Uribe Award. The museum thanks Bertha Fajardo her staff and all invoked in making this possible.

The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame was founded in San Francisco in 1998, is committede to preserving the history and profound influence that Hispanic players have had on America’s favorite pastime.

To visit the museum site: hhbmhof.com

Join Amaury Pi Gonzalez for That’s Amaury News and Commentary podcasts Tuesdays at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: Alvarez joins a very special circle after hitting three home runs on Friday

Houston Astros Yordan Alvarez (left) and Jeremey Pena (right) forearm bash after Alvarez’ bottom of the fifth inning home run against the Oakland A’s at Minute Maid Field in Houston on Fri Sep 16, 2022. Alvarez joins an elite club of Hispanics that accomplished the three home run in one game feat. (AP News photo)

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Hispanic Players with Three Home runs in the Same game

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By Amaury Pi-González

This week at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, Cuban-born Yordan Alvarez of the Houston Astros hit three (3) home runs in a game against the Oakland A’s. Below are the Hispanic/Latino players to date that have accomplished the feat and in how many games they have hit 3 home runs.

Countries in Alphabetical order:

Cuba: J.D. Martínez (3); José Canseco (2) Yordan Alvarez (2) Román Mejias, Tony Oliva, Kendrys Morales, Yoenis Céspedes, Yasiel Puig, José Abreu

México: Vinny Castilla (2), Erubiel Durazo (2), Bobby “Beto” Avila, Adrián González, Christian Villanueva, Isaac Paredes

Panamá: Ben Oglivie (3), Héctor López, Adolfo Phillips, Carlos Lee

Puerto Rico: Carlos Delgado (5), Juan “Igor” González (3), Roberto Clemente (2) José “Tony” Valentín (2), Edgar Martínez (2), Eddie Rosario (2), Orlando Cepeda, Otoniel Vélez, Juan José Beníquez, Von Hayes, Danny Tartabull, Carlos Baerga, John Valentín, Benito Santiago, Roberto Alomar, Iván “Pudge” Rodríguez, Mike Lowell, Carlos Beltrán, Nolan Arenado, George Springer, Francisco Lindor, Michael Pérez

Dominican Republic: Sammy Sosa (6), Alex Rodríguez (5), Aramis Ramírez (4), Albert Pujols (4), Alfonso Soriano (3), Edwin Encarnación (3), Gerónimo Berroa (2), Miguel Tejada (2), Manny Ramírez (2), Manny Machado (2), Nelson Cruz (2), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (2), Manny Jiménez, Rico Carty, George Bell, José Ortíz, Moises Alou, Carlos Peña, José Reyes, José Bautista, Adrián Beltré, Juan Uribe, Hanley Ramírez, Ronald Guzmán, Gary Sánchez, Robinson Canó, Aristides Aquino, Marcell Ozuna, Miguel Sanó, Fernando Tatis Jr.

Venezuela: Miguel Cabrera (2), Carlos González (2), Victor Martínez (2), Andrés Galarraga, Edgardo Alfonzo, Richard Hidalgo, José López, Pablo Sandoval, Dioner Navarro, Eugenio Suárez, Rafael Ortega.

-Postseason -Only Hispanic/Latino players to have hit 3 home runs during the same game in the Postseason: Dominican Republic: Adrian Beltre (2017) ALDS, Albert Pujols (2011) World Series,. Puerto Rico: Enrique “Kike”Hernández (2017) NLCS Venezuela, Pablo Sandoval (2012) World Series

Bonus Note: World Series record – The only player in history to hit 3 home runs in more than one game during a World Series? The ‘one and only’ George Herman “Babe” Ruth 1926 and 1928 World Series.

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame — Presents Wilmer Flores with the José Uribe Sportsmanship Award

Logo was provided by the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Museum Hall of Fame

The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame — Presents Wilmer Flores with the José Uribe Sportsmanship Award –

By Amaury Pi-González

SAN FRANCISCO–This Sunday at Oracle Park, San Francisco, The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame will present Wilmer Flores with the José Uribe Sportsmanship Award. The José Uribe Sportsmanship Award is awarded to a San Francisco Giant Hispanic player who best exemplifies the character and Sportsmanship, of the late José Uribe, a former San Francisco Giant shortstop from the Dominican Republic who was a member oi the 1989 National League Champion, San Francisco Giants who went on to play the Oakland Athletics during the Loma Prieta-Earthquake stricken World Series.

Representatives of The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame will present Wilmer Alejandro Flores García, prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

To visit The Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum Hall of Fame, click: hhbmhof.com

Amaury Pi Gonzalez is the vice president of the Major League Baseball Hispanic Heritage Hall of Fame Museum and does News and Commentary at http://www.sportsradioservice.com

That’s Amaury News and Commentary: So What About the Angels Now?

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno is selling the franchise he’s owned since 2003 but the question remains who will buy the club? (Orange County Register file photo)

So What About the Angels Now?

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By Amaury Pi-González

2022 was the year the Los Angeles Angels were expecting to be in the race. Mike Trout the best and most consistent player in baseball is already on his 13 season but he has only played three games in the postseason.

This week Trout fell just shy of tying the record of eight consecutive games with a home run held by Dale Long (1956), Don Mattingly (’87) and Ken Griffey Jr. (’93). Angels began this season with the reigning MVP in 2021 the incredible Shohei Ohtani.

The Angels began the season with the best two baseball players in the world, yet they are going to finish closer to the cellar than to first place. Arturo (Arte) Moreno is currently exploring selling the club. He has owned the Angels since 2003 when he purchased the franchise for $180 million.

Moreno, of Hispanic roots made his fortune with his company Outdoor Systems, the largest outdoor advertiser in North America, the billboards you see on the roads and other places.

Moreno owns around 250,000 properties in the US, Canada and México. His frustration is understandable, while he has spend lots of money to build a contender. Days after he bought the club in 2003 from the Disney Co.

Moreno signed super-star Vladimir Guerrero, who is now in the Hall of Fame, to the biggest contract ever, that of Mike Trout whom Moreno signed in 2019 for $426.5 million, the largest contract in professional sports history.

In May of this year, Anaheim City Council members cancelled the Angel Stadium land sale following an FBI corruption probe into ex-Mayor Harry Sidhu, who resigned right away after the cancellation. A serious FBI investigation is not what owner Arturo Moreno was hoping for as the City of Anaheim void their Angel Stadium agreement.

Who will buy the Angels, if Mr.Moreno agrees to sell? Successful owners that already are in sports, like Mark Cuban or Joe Lacob, among others are the front runners. The LA Times Bill Shaikin asked Mr. Joe Lacob if he was interested in buying the Angels. “Can’t answer this question that fast. We look at good opportunities.”

We know that Mr.Lacob wanted to buy the Oakland A’s, but to buy something you need somebody on the other side that wants to sell, and the current A’s owner is not interested in selling. The last question most are asking (whomever buys the Angels) do they keep Shohei Ohtani and how much do they pay him, considering Mike Trout got close to a half-billion dollar contract.

The last time somebody did what Ohtani is currently doing, it was back in 1933, The Bambino. As of today the LA Angels are averaging 30,679 per game while the other team 25 miles north on Interstate 5, the LA Dodgers 47,936, which is número uno in baseball.

Note- The Los Angeles Dodgers became the first team to clinch a playoff spot on Monday. They won their ninth National League West Division tittle in the last 10 years, meanwhile the LA Angels are in limbo.