Former A’s stars Canha, Bassitt, Chavez return to Oakland with New York Mets

Oakland Athletics outfielder Mark Canha (42) gets hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of their baseball game against the Houston Astros at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.(Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

A’s fans might not recognize Mark Canha by the New York Mets jersey he’ll be wearing at the Coliseum this weekend. But the bruises should look familiar.

Nobody in the majors was hit by more pitches than Canha last season (27) with the A’s. The plunking hasn’t stopped since Canha become a free agent and signed a two-year deal with New York over the winter. Canha has been hit by an MLB-high 24 pitches, and his new team just set a modern-era team record by getting hit with 106 pitches this season. And they still have 11 games left to pad those stats, starting with a three-game series in Oakland that begins Friday night.

“It’s like a broken record at this point,” Canha told reporters Wednesday after he was hit twice in a loss in Milwaukee, the second one allowing the Mets to match the 2021 Reds’ previous record. “We just kind of roll our eyes when it happens now and move on. There’s nothing you can do except capitalize on it, make it hurt, and it’s all you can do.

“Sure we’re frustrated. It’s not, like, a great thing to have happen to your team.”

But Canha, who has been hit 104 times in eight seasons, isn’t about to change his approach, telling the reporters, “I’m closer to the plate and I don’t move.”

Oakland Athletics outfielder Mark Canha (42) gets hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of their baseball game against the Houston Astros at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, April 16, 2019.(Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group) 

Canha might not change his approach in the batter’s box, but after seven seasons with the A’s, the Bay Area native and former Cal star has found a new home in Flushing Meadows.

But Canha isn’t alone in landing with the Mets in the wake of the A’s latest roster purge.

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Also returning “home” is right-hander Chris Bassitt, who was traded during the spring training flurry that also saw Matt Olson (Braves) and Matt Chapman (Blue Jays) sent packing as the A’s overhauled their roster. Another Mets free agent success story this season has been Starling Marte, who shined brightly in his brief stint with the A’s last season and was doing the same for the Mets before he suffered a broken finger after being hit by a pitch on Sept. 6. The injury will keep him out of this series and likely sideline him until the final week of the season.

Eric Chavez hasn’t played for the A’s since 2010, but the longtime Oakland third baseman is a big reason the Mets have clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2016 and are a serious World Series threat, helping turn New York into one of the league’s top hitting teams in his first season as their hitting coach.

That’s a lot of former Green and Gold in the visiting clubhouse this weekend — parts of 27 seasons in Oakland between them, in fact. And it’ll be on display before all the fans …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News

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