tribune-admin – Martinez Tribune https://martineztribune.com The website of the Martinez Tribune. Wed, 19 Feb 2020 09:01:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 A’s looking to extend October playoff run in 2020 https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/20/as-preview-2020/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/20/as-preview-2020/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2020 08:00:36 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13959 BY J.A. SCHWARTZ The 2020 Oakland A’s roster is geared towards making another run at postseason glory after being defeated in the Wild Card game last season by the Tampa Bay Rays. The core of the talented group that has gone 97-65 in two consecutive seasons remains intact. It’s the hope of the Oakland’s front …

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BY J.A. SCHWARTZ

The 2020 Oakland A’s roster is geared towards making another run at postseason glory after being defeated in the Wild Card game last season by the Tampa Bay Rays. The core of the talented group that has gone 97-65 in two consecutive seasons remains intact. It’s the hope of the Oakland’s front office, led by Executive VP of Baseball Operations Billy Beane and GM David Forst that their offseason efforts will result in another chance for an elusive World Series berth that has eluded the franchise since 1990. The A’s have made the playoffs 11 times from 1991-2019, but have not advanced beyond the American League Championship Series during any of those runs. Manager Bob Melvin, who has won 94 or more games in four of his eight seasons, has reason to believe that his 2020 club could finally break through that glass ceiling and reach the Fall Classic.

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Another MVP caliber season from Marcus Semien would be instrumental in the A’s returning to the post-season and challenging the Astros for the AL West title.

The 2019 A’s were led by a core of young position players who all saw their levels of performance improve from the year before. 1B Matt Olson, 25, and 3B Matt Chapman, 26, brought offensive productivity at the infield corners while also providing Gold Glove defense. Both Olson and Chapman ranked among the top ten players in the AL by the Defensive Runs Saved metric. SS Marcus Semien, 29, had a breakout season at the plate and in the field, and CF Ramon Laureano, 25, used his howitzer of an arm to tie for the 3rd most outfield assists with ten.  Those players will be expected to lead the 2020 A’s at the plate and in the field.

Major League Baseball has expanded the daily Active Roster limit to 26 players for 2020. Here is how the 26-man Opening Day roster might look for the Oakland A’s:

Catcher: Top prospect Sean Murphy, 25, grabbed this position late in 2019 and enters spring training as the likely starter. After missing the early part of the season with an injury, he destroyed AAA pitching .308/.386/.625, and acquitted himself favorably with the big club, hitting .245/.333/.566 over 60 plate appearances. He underwent offseason left knee surgery, but is expected to be ready for the start of spring training, and could provide the A’s with much needed offensive production at a position at which they’ve struggled to find a long term solution. Lefty swinging Austin Allen, a prospect acquired from San Diego in the Jurickson Profar trade, figures to back up Murphy behind the dish.

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Rookie catcher Sean Murphy looks to have earned the A’s starting catcher position entering spring training.

1B: Matt Olson will bring his Gold Glove defense every day, and could continue to develop power as he matures. He set career highs with 36 home runs and 91 RBI’s last season. He should be a fixture at first base for years to come, as he isn’t eligible for free agency until 2024.

2B: Jurickson Profar was dealt to the Padres in December, leaving this position somewhat uncertain as the A’s head to Arizona. As of this writing, a likely platoon of lefty Tony Kemp, 28 (acquired from the Cubs in January 2020), and righty Chad Pinder, 27, figures to get the bulk of the time at the keystone. It would surprise nobody if the A’s were active in the free agent or trade market during spring training to attempt to upgrade at this position.

SS: At the start of his career, SS Marcus Semien was considered a very long shot to remain at the position because of significant defensive shortcomings. In 2019, Semien rated among the best defensive shortstops in the game, and he augmented his value by being durable, appearing in all 162 games. He also set career bests in every offensive category, hitting .285/.369/.522, with 33 HR and 92 RBI. Semien’s 2019 season earned him a third place finish in AL MVP voting behind only winner Mike Trout and Astros 3B Alex Bregman. Franklin Baretto, 24, figures to back up Semien, and will have a chance to finally fulfill some of his minor league promise at the big league level. Baretto is out of options, and the A’s will give him every chance to establish himself as a major league asset.

3B: This position has belonged to Matt Chapman since his debut in 2017, and the best fielder at the hot corner in the AL will be back in 2020. Chapman finished sixth in the AL MVP voting, and may well show gains at the plate as he enters his prime. Some combination of Pinder and Barreto figure to spell Chapman when he requires a day off, which isn’t often. Like Semien, Chapman prides himself on being available to play every day, and he appeared in a career best 156 games in 2019.

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Third baseman Matt Chapman won his second straight Platinum Glove award as the best defensive player in all of the American League last season. His bat was also exceptional as he had 96 RBI’s while belting 36 home runs

LF: Mark Canha, 30, had the best season of his career in 2019, hitting .273/.396/.517 with 26 HR’s while appearing at all three outfield positions. His .396 on base percentage easily led the team, and Melvin will want his bat in the lineup most days.

CF: Laureano made several highlight reel plays in 2019, and he was blistering hot in the second half. Despite missing all of August with a stress reaction in his right lower leg, Laureano hit .358/.411/679 in nearly 150 plate appearances after the All-Star break. He’ll be counted on to provide stellar defense in center while continuing his development as a potent offensive threat.

RF: Right field figures to be the primary responsibility of Stephen Piscotty, 29. He battled right knee and ankle injuries last year that limited him to 93 games, and was underwhelming at the plate when he was healthy. The A’s hope that an offseason of rest will allow him to approach his 2018 season: .267/.331/.491 with 27 HRs.

Robbie Grossman, 30, figures to be the primary back up for the OF positions. The switch hitter appeared in 138 games for the A’s in 2019, providing solid defense and contact oriented offensive skills.

DH: The A’s have to hope that Khris Davis, 32, still has something left in the tank. As the highest paid player on the club ($16.75 million in 2020 and 2021), Davis comprises nearly 20% of the entire team payroll (currently at $85.6 million, 24thamong MLB franchises). While playing in 133 games last year, Davis did hit 23 HRs, but struggled with a .220/.293/.387 batting line, a far cry from his 2018 season (a league leading 48 HRs and 123 RBI) when he finished 8th in the AL MVP voting. The A’s will look for a bounce back season from Davis, or will seek to upgrade that lineup slot with a bat from the minors or outside the organization.

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A’s ace Mike Fiers went 15-4 with a 3.90 ERA last season, including throwing his second career no-hitter along the way.

Starting Pitching: The A’s rotation will likely be led by RH Mike Fiers, 34, coming off a season that saw him go 15-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 185 IP. LH Sean Manaea, 28, made a brilliant return in September from a left shoulder injury, going 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA in five starts down the stretch, and will be counted on to be the A’s #2 starter. 26-year-old RH Frankie Montas was off to a dazzling start last year, going 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA before being hit with an 80 game PED suspension in late June that cost him all but one game for the rest of the season. Armed with his new pitch, a split-fingered fastball, Montas emerged as a potential ace and will slot into the #3 position in the A’s rotation.

The top prospect in the Oakland system is LH Jesus Luzardo, 22, who will likely be the A’s #4 starter in late March. He is ranked as the ninth overall prospect in all of baseball entering 2020 by Baseball America. Luzardo threw just 43 minor league innings at three levels in 2019, and was sidelined by a pair of injuries during the season –a strained rotator cuff muscle in March, and a strained latissimus dorsi muscle in July. Both injuries limited his innings, but didn’t dim the promise he demonstrated when he was healthy, nor did it seem to be a factor during his September call up. Luzardo struck out 16 major leaguers in 12 innings during his debut, pitching to a 1.50 ERA. He also appeared in the Wild Card loss to Tampa Bay, stringing together three scoreless innings in his first postseason game. He’s a potential ace in the making, and if his injury woes are truly behind him, he will make the A’s rotation as formidable as any in the American League.

The fifth starter position figures to be filled by RH Chris Bassitt, 31. He went 10-5 with a 3.81 ERA in 144 innings last year, and will provide veteran stability to the back end of the pitching staff. Bassitt’s rotation job may well be challenged by LH A.J. Puk, 24, before the midpoint of the season-if not sooner. Puk is the A’s #2 organizational prospect, and is ranked as the 21st overall young talent in the league by Baseball America. He underwent UCL reconstructive surgery in April 2018, and spent much of the past two seasons rehabilitating that injury before making his long awaited debut late last season. In ten bullpen outings covering 11 innings, Puk struck out 13 while going 2-0 with a 3.18 ERA. The A’s may see Puk’s most valuable role on the team as a multi-inning relief pitcher, though Melvin stated that Puk will work as a starter during spring training.

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Liam Hendricks became a first time All-Star in 2019 after inheriting the closers role, saving 25 games with an ERA of 1.80.

Relief Pitching: The A’s bullpen was consistently effective in 2019, and will return most of the same pitchers for the 2020 campaign. Closer RH Liam Hendriks, who went 4-4 with a 1.80 ERA with 25 saves over 85 dominant innings, will once again be tasked with finishing games. He’ll be set up by veteran 35-year-old RH’s Yusmeiro Petit and Joakim Soria, who combined to throw 152 innings of solid relief last year. Lefties Jake Diekman, 33 and T.J. McFarland, 30, will provide balance, though Puk might emerge in a relief role to change that dynamic. RH’s Lou Trivino, 28, J.B. Wendelken, 26 and Paul Blackburn, 26, figure to round out the relief corps.

 

 

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Clapton’s Cream to get tribute treatment at Sweetwater https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/16/claptons-cream-to-get-tribute-treatment-at-sweetwater/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/16/claptons-cream-to-get-tribute-treatment-at-sweetwater/#respond Sun, 16 Feb 2020 22:00:05 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13998 Any Eric Clapton fans that were priced-out of the guitar god’s recent opening week performance at Chase Center are about to get a second chance for their Slowhand fix in the form of a familial tribute revolved around Cream’s iconic Disraeli Gears album at the Sweetwater Music Hall on March 6th. The Music of Cream, …

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Any Eric Clapton fans that were priced-out of the guitar god’s recent opening week performance at Chase Center are about to get a second chance for their Slowhand fix in the form of a familial tribute revolved around Cream’s iconic Disraeli Gears album at the Sweetwater Music Hall on March 6th.

The Music of Cream, featuring the pedigree of the hallowed ‘60s trio, will honor the legendary band’s landmark album Disraeli Gears, performed in its entirety, followed by Clapton Classics including hits such as “Cocaine,” “Layla” “Crossroads,” and “Wonderful Tonight” along with other Cream hits and rarities.

The Music Of Cream continues to feature family members Kofi Baker (son of Ginger Baker) on drums and Will Johns (Eric Clapton’s nephew and son of Zeppelin/Stones engineer Andy Johns) on guitar and vocals. The two will unite with master musicians Sean McNabb and Chris Shutters. Along with the legendary music, the show features storytelling, photographs and integrated videos, many of which have not been seen before. The unique project first launched in 2017 with a handful of concerts celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Cream in Australia and New Zealand. The show was so well-received, The Music of Cream has now been seen over one hundred times by tens of thousands of fans across North America and the U.K. with many shows selling out. And with the recent passing of Ginger Baker, The Music of Cream looks forward to sharing Cream’s incomparable music with even more fans to keep the trio’s legacy alive.

“To follow our 50th Anniversary Tour, it was a no-brainer to go out and celebrate Disraeli Gears in its entirety,” shares Kofi Baker. “There are songs that are quite different, they wanted to challenge everything ! And from a personal point of view, it gives me the opportunity to perform another song my dad wrote, called “Blue Condition,” that I really like. I also loved the artwork for the album. My sister and I used to laugh because we said you could see up my dad’s nose. Happy memories that we can bring to the stage.”

“Why Disraeli Gears ? Well, that’s easy for me,” says Will Johns. “It was the birth of the wah-wah pedal and you gotta love the wah-wah ! That we can interpret such groundbreaking music and continue to tell Cream’s story is as exciting for us as we know it was for the band when they recorded it all those years ago. Like my Uncle, I am a blues man through and through and on this record, there’s some fantastic interpretations of this genre, the likes of “Lawdy Mama” and “Outside Woman Blues,” so it doesn’t get better than that !”

With primal riffs, soaring operatic choruses, poetry, fashion and theatre rolled into one, Disraeli Gears defined the era in which it was written. The super-group’s second studio album, released November 1967, is often considered Cream’s crowning achievement. Disraeli Gears, featuring the singles “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Strange Brew,” was their American breakthrough reaching #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart and ultimately becoming a platinum-seller in the U.S. The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 and Rolling Stone included Disraeli Gears in their list of the Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time saying, “Cream’s sharpest, most linear album focused its instrumental explorations into colorful pop songs.”

In addition to critical acclaim over the decades, the original band members themselves praised their work on Disraeli Gears. Ginger Baker noted, “You can’t escape the fact we were having such fun playing with each other,” while Jack Bruce said, “This was a whole new beginning for the band and I loved that time very much,” and Eric Clapton added, “We had found ourselves…it was a pivotal point in the history of popular music.”

Advance ticket purchases for The Music of Cream’s March 6th performance at The Sweetwater are available at : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-music-of-cream-disraeli-gears-tour-tickets-76838503031.

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Best Coast drops new album ahead of San Francisco performance https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/16/best-coast-drops-new-album-ahead-of-san-francisco-performance/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/16/best-coast-drops-new-album-ahead-of-san-francisco-performance/#respond Sun, 16 Feb 2020 16:58:40 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=14010 BY MASON BISSADA Best Coast, the Los Angeles-based pop duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, are set to release their new album Always Tomorrow on February 21st. The duo will also be coming to the Bay Area, performing at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on February 29th. With that in mind, here’s what fans …

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BY MASON BISSADA

Best Coast, the Los Angeles-based pop duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno, are set to release their new album Always Tomorrow on February 21st. The duo will also be coming to the Bay Area, performing at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco on February 29th. With that in mind, here’s what fans and potential concert goers can expect from the duo’s upcoming fifth studio album.

 

Coming off of a five-year hiatus since 2015’s California Nights (if you don’t count their 2018 children’s album Best Kids), Best Coast, and Cosentino herself, seem to be looking to pivot—perhaps in their sound, but more so in the substance of their lyrics. Known for their beach-pop, uplifting tones and summer vibes, Best Coast shifts to a much more introspective stance on Always Tomorrow. Where their previous records focused on boys, love and romance (take their hit “Boyfriend” for example), their upcoming record tackles heavier issues such as addiction and mental health. Though it is not always executed to perfection, it is refreshing to see the duo taking risks and touching on issues that they find meaningful.

Tracks such as “For the First Time,” “Roller Coaster,” “Master of My Own Mind,” and the album’s recently released single “Everything Has Changed” display a substantial amount of self-reflection on (presumably) the part of Cosentino. If she is indeed speaking from personal experience, it sounds as though she is recently sober and feeling refreshed because of it. “I used to drink nothing but water and whisky / Now I think those were the reasons why I used to fall / Deep down in a hole” she sings on the cut. As this track has already been released as a single and is the second song on the album, it feels like an announcement that things are changing for Best Coast, just as Cosentino’s life has changed.

Later, on “Roller Coaster,” she says that “I am the same way that I used to be. Took away substances, that’s the only change I see.” It feels as though Cosentino has matured, moving away from “I wish he was my boyfriend.” Instead, she’s “so sick and tired of writing love songs about the same unhealthy things,” as she says on “Seeing Red”. She’s focusing on herself rather than those around her. Perhaps self-reflection is not what fans search for when listening to Best Coast, but one can’t fault Cosentino for allowing her art to reflect her own life.

Musically, Best Coast shifts from a fantastical, care-free sound to something bordering on grunge-pop. Many songs sound almost Paramore-esc. This is fitting, given the shift to heavier ideas in the lyrics. It would’ve been a bit tone-deaf to sing about addiction and sobriety to a casual, fun-loving rhythm. The track “Graceless Kids” dives the deepest into this new genre, sounding chaotic and dark.

 

For fans who are seeking familiarity, Always Tomorrow still holds some classic, beachy pop. The opening track, “Different Light” carries a distinct Beach Boys vibe and acts as somewhat of a trojan horse, easing fans into a very different album using a familiar-sounding opening bop. The album also touches on Best Coast’s talent for slow jams, particularly towards the back half of the album, with tracks like “True” and “Used to Be”, which are reminiscent of their classic song “Up All Night.”

Besides these callbacks, Always Tomorrow tries a lot of new things. The album is trying to be something more mature and evolved, but sometimes comes off as an imitation because of the remaining pop aspects. A catchy chorus doesn’t always pair well with heavy subject matter, and lyrics of that chorus can begin to sound repetitive and dull if you’re asking your audience to actively listen to them because the message is valuable. Still, it is refreshing to see a band look inwards and share their struggles with their audience.

As for the upcoming concert itself, if previous live shows are any indication, expect an old-fashioned rock concert with Cosentino front and center. Bruno will be jamming beside her, and shifting neon lights will be illuminating the stage. No gimmicks or dancers, just a band playing their hearts out on Leap Day. Advance tickets for Best Coast’s February 29th show at the Regency are available for purchase at: https://www.axs.com/events/386577/best-coast-tickets?skin=goldenvoice.

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Warriors Lose to the Heat In Iguodala’s Return to the Bay Area https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/10/warriors-lose-to-heat-in-iguodalas-return-to-the-bay-area/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/10/warriors-lose-to-heat-in-iguodalas-return-to-the-bay-area/#respond Tue, 11 Feb 2020 07:50:22 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13947 BY MASON BISSADA Despite a disheartening 113-101 loss to the Miami Heat on Monday night, Warriors fans at Chase Center were all smiles as they welcomed home former Warrior Andre Iguodala in his first matchup against Golden State in nearly seven years. Iguodala, who was recently traded to the Miami Heat after sitting out half …

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BY MASON BISSADA

Despite a disheartening 113-101 loss to the Miami Heat on Monday night, Warriors fans at Chase Center were all smiles as they welcomed home former Warrior Andre Iguodala in his first matchup against Golden State in nearly seven years.

Iguodala, who was recently traded to the Miami Heat after sitting out half the season as an inactive member of the Memphis Grizzlies, was given a touching video tribute before tipoff that celebrated his time in the Bay Area. He was then welcomed to center court by former teammate Klay Thompson, who showed nothing but love for the 2015 Finals MVP.

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Miami’s Andre Iguodala goes up for a block in his first game against his former teammates Monday night at Chase Center. Iguodala only took one shot, making it, but the Heat was +25 in the 16 minutes he was on the floor.

 

“It’s good to have you back ‘Dre,” Thompson said to mass applause. “And I can’t wait to see your jersey in the rafters one of these days.”

Iguodala returned the compliment, promising fans that “my brothers [Thompson and Steph Curry] will be back in action, full throttle next year to wreak havoc on the league for 80 games” (excluding the two in which the Warriors play the Heat). When Iguodala checked into the game midway through the first quarter, Chase Center showered him with the loudest applause of the night.

As for the game itself, Golden State’s short lived resilience was no match for the Heat, who were in desperate need of a win after losing their last three games in a row. After Golden State’s bench gave up a 16-0 run in the second quarter, the Warriors starters responded with a third quarter run of their own to cut the deficit to four points. This run was led largely by Andrew Wiggins, who scored 14 points in the third quarter alone and had 18 points on the night in his second game as a Warrior.

“I thought his play reflected ours,” Steve Kerr said postgame. “We got nothing going in the first half and then in the third quarter, when we started really competing and playing with pace, that’s when Andrew got going.”

Just as it did in the second quarter, Golden State’s bench (consisting of G-League call-ups) negated the progress that the starters made in the fourth quarter. Miami’s depth (or Golden State’s lack thereof) proved to be the difference in the end. Iguodala, despite playing just 16 minutes, was a +25 on the night, while Juan Toscano-Anderson was a game-low -18. All of Golden State’s starters (besides Ky Bowman) were actually net-positives for the game.

Damion Lee was a bright spot for the Warriors, scoring a career-high 26 points on 7-12 shooting and hitting five of his seven 3-point attempts. Lee’s floor spacing is essential, particularly when Draymond Green is running in transition and playing point-forward. Green, who grabbed nine rebounds and dished out nine assists, was looking for corner shooters off of every Heat miss. When Lee is feeling it from deep, he and Green make a nice pairing.

 Marquese Chriss continues to shine after securing a multi-year contract, scoring a solid 17 points (including a nasty dunk on Miami’s Duncan Robinson) to go along with nine rebounds. Though his rim protection is shaky (Miami scored 50 points in the paint) he has some offensive ability as a lob threat and even an occasional post-up option.

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Miami’s Jimmy Butler goes up for a shot over the Warriors Andrew Wiggins during the Heat’s 113-101 win over Golden State Monday night. Butler had 21 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

 

Jimmy Butler led the way for the Heat, tallying a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double. The five-time All-Star didn’t even need to attempt a 3-pointer to be effective. When he wasn’t driving towards the rim, Butler went to work in the midrange going 9-15 from the field.

Jae Crowder, who was packaged with Iguodala in the trade from Memphis, also scored 21 points off the bench, hitting four of his eight 3-pointers. Bam Adebayo also left his mark, logging a 13-point, 11-rebound double-double. What was equally impressive was Adebayo’s passing ability. He dropped seven dimes, either finding teammates in transition or off of backdoor cuts in the post. He even found teammate Derrick Jones Jr. for a ridiculous lob dunk. Adebayo’s court vision may remind Warriors fans of another passing big: Draymond Green.

“Well, I think the similarity is the playmaking,” Steve Kerr said when comparing the two players. “It’s rare to have a combination of playmaking big and a guy that can defend the paint. It’s not something you see very often. Bam has had a fantastic season and I think Miami is playing quite a bit like we have played over the last five years and Bam is at the center of that offense like Draymond has been. It’s a good comparison.”

Golden State must once again retool and relearn their offensive and defensive schemes with the addition of so many new players (particularly Wiggins). This is difficult to do on the fly while facing teams like the Heat who have a clear identity and are fighting for homecourt advantage in the playoffs. Every game from here on out is a learning process, but the Warriors may accumulate quite a few losses along the way.

The Warriors will next take the short flight to Phoenix to face off against the Suns on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in their last game before the All-Star break.

GAME NOTES:

The Warriors tied their season-low mark for field goals made with just 30 (30-77, 39%).

 Tonight’s loss insures that the Warriors will have a losing record for the first time since the 2011-12 season, when they went 23-43 in a lockout year.

Prior to tonight’s matchup, Golden State had won five consecutive home games against the Miami Heat, along with eight of their last 11 matchups overall.

Tonight marks the first time Miami has swept the season series against the Warriors since the 2010-11 season.

Exactly three years ago, Draymond Green made history by becoming the first player in league history to record a triple-double without scoring double-digit points. Green recorded 10 steals (a franchise record) 10 assists and 11 rebounds. In that same game, Green was just one point away from a five-by-five (five or more in five box score categories) as he also recorded four points and five blocks. Green was the first player to record double digit steals and at least five blocks since the NBA began tracking steals and blocks in 1973-74.

 

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Retooled Warriors put up a fight, but fall to Lakers 125-120 https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/08/retooled-warriors-put-up-a-fight-but-fall-to-lakers-125-120/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/08/retooled-warriors-put-up-a-fight-but-fall-to-lakers-125-120/#respond Sun, 09 Feb 2020 06:46:40 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13931 BY MASON BISSADA Though the Golden State Warriors roster looked noticeably different after their various trade deadline moves, the results of Saturday night’s game against Los Angeles were fairly similar to most games this season, as they lost a close game to the Lakers 125 -120 at Chase Center. Andrew Wiggins, the most notable addition …

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BY MASON BISSADA

Though the Golden State Warriors roster looked noticeably different after their various trade deadline moves, the results of Saturday night’s game against Los Angeles were fairly similar to most games this season, as they lost a close game to the Lakers 125 -120 at Chase Center.

Andrew Wiggins, the most notable addition to the roster, looked comfortable in a Golden State uniform, going for 24 points on 8-12 shooting and 3-4 from beyond the arc. Wiggins also pitched in a bit of defense to a team that desperately needed it, grabbing five steals (one shy of his career-high) in his 31 minutes. Wiggins spent a significant portion of his time playing off the ball, something he’ll have to adjust to, particularly when Steph Curry returns in a few weeks.

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New acquired Andrew Wiggins looks to pass the ball during Golden State’s 125-120 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center Saturday evening. Wiggins finished with 24 points in his Warriors debut.

 

It was encouraging to see Wiggins connecting on his spot-up jumpers and running the floor in transition. Defensively, Kerr assigned Wiggins the unenviable task of slowing LeBron James, who dropped 22 points and 11 assists on the former top pick in the draft by the Timberwolves. Though his body type would suggest he’d be a lockdown perimeter defender, he still has a ways to go in terms of strength and decision-making.

“It’s just great to have a player who we can put on LeBron and at least match up physically,” Head Coach Steve Kerr said postgame. “It’s the hardest position to guard these days in the NBA. So to have a guy who’s 6’8 and athletic and knows the league well and understands how to play, it’s great.”

“I just felt good on the court,” Wiggins said of his Warriors debut. “Let the game come to me. The whole team, we were all unselfish tonight. We moved the ball and we competed. That’s the most important thing.”

Wiggins encouraging offensive play was not enough to keep the Warriors alive against the #1 seed in the Western Conference. Despite cutting what was a 20-point deficit to five points with under a minute to go in regulation, half of the Chase Center (the other half were Laker fans) had their spirits crushed by James, who hit a tough, contested stepback 3-pointer to seal the victory for his Lakers. To paint a picture, the shot seemed eerily similar to the one he made against the Warriors back in 2014 when he was a member of the Miami Heat.

The Lakers, known for their front court size and athleticism, outrebounded the Warriors 47-33. Anthony Davis led the charge with 10 rebounds of his own to go along with 27 points on 9-14 shooting. Defensively, Golden State’s bigs were no match for the seven-time all-star. Davis was dunking over the top of the likes of Alen Smailagic when he wasn’t hitting turnaround jumpshots out of the post.

Newly signed Warrior Marquese Chriss had one of the best nights of his career, going for 26 points and nine rebounds on an extremely efficient 12-15 shooting. Chriss was dunking all over the arena, catching countless lobs from Ky Bowman, who had a career-high 10 assists. Bowman and Chriss pick-and-roll chemistry was electric, and the Lakers often had no answer for it despite their superior size.

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Newly signed Warrior Marquese Chriss slams down a basket on the way to a team-high 26 points during the Warriors loss to the Lakers Saturday night at Chase Center.

 

“I like playing with Ky,” Chriss said postgame. I think we have a good understanding of what each other’s strengths are and he likes to get downhill so I just kind of sit and dunk it for him.”

Jordan Poole had one of his better nights as a Warrior, scoring 19 points on 8-12 shooting and hitting three of his seven three-point attempts. Surprisingly, Poole was the Warriors go-to option down the stretch, delivering clutch jumpers off of dribble-handoffs or off his own dribble. Poole has shown signs of life over the last 10 games after having one of worst first half’s of the year of any rookie this season. Time will tell if he can continue to shoot the ball efficiently.

G-League call-ups Jeremy Pargo, Juan Toscano-Anderson and Zach Norvell Jr. each had small moments of glory on the night and proved that they can hold their own against NBA-level competition. Rotating 10-day contracts will continue to be the norm for the Warriors for the rest of the season, after trading away six of their players at the deadline and needing to fill roster spots on a nightly basis.

The Warriors continue to surprise more-talented teams with their resilience and willingness to fight a losing battle until the bitter end. The Lakers may not have known the names of half the players on Golden State’s roster, but that didn’t stop them from hanging around until the final buzzer.

Golden State will welcome Miami to the Chase Center on Monday, where former Warrior Andre Iguodala may make his season-debut after being traded to the Heat just a few days ago.

 GAME NOTES:

After opening up roster spots through various trades at the deadline, Golden State was able to sign two-way call-ups Ky Bowman and Marquese Chriss to multi-year contracts.

Golden State made 51.7 percent of their shots from the field, losing their first game of the season when shooting 50 percent-or-better (2-1).

Wiggins 24 points were the most in a Warriors debut since Kevin Durant scored 27 points in 2016 against San Antonio.

Prior to tonight’s loss, the Warriors had won 12 of their last 13 home games against the Lakers.

The game marked the first time in his career that LeBron James played a NBA game in San Francisco.

Alen Smailagić matched his career-high with 10 points off the bench.

Kevon Looney had five fouls in 14 minutes of play.

Saturday was Klay Thompson’s 30th birthday.

 

 

 

 

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Warriors add Wiggins from Wolves as Russell, two others depart https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/06/warriors-add-wiggins-from-wolves-as-dar-burks-robinson-depart/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/06/warriors-add-wiggins-from-wolves-as-dar-burks-robinson-depart/#respond Fri, 07 Feb 2020 05:24:06 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13919 BY MASON BISSADA In the final hours before the NBA’s annual trade deadline, the Golden State Warriors agreed to trade point guard D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for forward Andrew Wiggins and the Wolves 2021 first-round pick and 2021 second-round pick. In addition to Russell, Golden State will also send guard Jacob …

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BY MASON BISSADA

In the final hours before the NBA’s annual trade deadline, the Golden State Warriors agreed to trade point guard D’Angelo Russell to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for forward Andrew Wiggins and the Wolves 2021 first-round pick and 2021 second-round pick. In addition to Russell, Golden State will also send guard Jacob Evans and forward Omari Spellman to Minnesota.

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Andrew Wiggins goes up for a shot during a game against the Warriors in this file photo. He’ll now suit up for Golden State following Thursday’s trade with Minnesota for D’Angelo Russell.

 

The Timberwolves, who are currently the 14th seed in the Western Conference ahead of only the Warriors, have top-3 protected the 2021 first-round pick, meaning it will only transfer to Golden State if it falls between #4 and #30. If it does not convey in 2021, the Warriors will receive the Wolves 2022 first-round pick completely unprotected.

By making the move, combined with yesterday’s trade of Glenn Robinson III and Alec Burks to Philadelphia in exchange for three second-round picks, the Warriors have officially fallen under the luxury tax line and avoided the dreaded repeater tax–something ownership clearly prioritized in what is otherwise a lost season. Golden State now only has nine players on their roster, and must fill out the remainder of it while avoiding the luxury tax line.

Wiggins is still owed $94.7 million dollars over the next three seasons. Though he is still just 24 years old, he has shown little improvement in his skillset since winning Rookie of the Year back in 2015. His career averages of 19.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists leave something to be desired from a former #1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft who was once heralded as “Maple Jordan” as a native of Toronto.

This trade illuminates two of the Golden State front office’s opinions: 1) They believe Wiggins still has untapped potential that their coaching and player-development staffs can unearth. Whether it be his shaky jumpshot (33% from three for his career), his unwillingness to pass the ball or his underwhelming defensive effort, they believe they can mask his deficiencies and highlight his athletic strengths. Playing alongside elite shooters like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson and a brilliant passer like Draymond Green should help as well. And 2) They believed D’Angelo Russell was not a good fit next to the above Big 3. Despite putting up some flashy numbers on the score sheet, Russell’s play did not translate to wins for Golden State through 33 games played. Though he never shared the floor with Thompson and barely did with Curry, something clearly did not sit right with the front office.

With the addition of Wiggins, Curry’s return looming and six players gone from the opening night roster, the Warriors are going to look a lot different for the remainder of the season. It remains to be seen whether or not these differences will mean a more uplifting ending to what has been a depressing year.

Golden State returns to Chase Center for a nationally televised game against the Lakers Saturday night followed by a visit from the Miami Heat on Monday, a game that will likely feature the return to the Bay Area of Andre Iguodala.

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East Bay Regional Parks announces new board members https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/04/east-bay-regional-parks-announces-new-board-members/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/02/04/east-bay-regional-parks-announces-new-board-members/#respond Tue, 04 Feb 2020 19:16:52 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13915 The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors has inducted new leaders for 2020. Ellen Corbett of San Leandro will serve as president; Dee Rosario of Oakland will serve as vice president; Colin Coffey of Hercules will serve as treasurer; and Beverly Lane of Danville will serve as secretary. The additional Board members are …

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The East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors has inducted new leaders for 2020. Ellen Corbett of San Leandro will serve as president; Dee Rosario of Oakland will serve as vice president; Colin Coffey of Hercules will serve as treasurer; and Beverly Lane of Danville will serve as secretary. The additional Board members are Dennis Waespi of Castro Valley, Ayn Wieskamp of Livermore, and Elizabeth Echols of Berkeley. Leadership positions rotate annually.

Ellen Corbett was elected to the Board in 2016. As Board President, she will serve as chair of the Board’s executive committee. Corbett was the majority leader of the California State Senate, representing the 10th District, 2006-2013. Previously she was a member of the California State Assembly, a San Leandro city council member, and mayor of San Leandro. Director Corbett’s term expires in 2020.

Dee Rosario was elected to the Board in 2016. He will serve as chair of the Board’s operations committee. Rosario had served on the Alameda County Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission; the Board of Directors for the Friends of Sausal Creek; the Regional Parks Association Board of Directors; the Oakland Fire-Safe Council Board; and co-convened the California Alliance of Retired Americans. He was the Park Supervisor at Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park prior to his retirement in 2013. Director Rosario’s term expires in 2020.

Colin Coffey was elected to the Board in 2018 after being appointed in 2017 to fill the vacancy of Diane Burgis, who was elected to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors. He will serve as chair of the Finance committee. Coffey is a long-time Regional Parks Ambassador along with his wife, Mila. He served on the Park District’s Park Advisory Committee twice, first 2001-2009 and second 2012-2017. Director Coffey’s term expires in 2022.

Beverly Lane was elected to the Board in 1994. She will serve as chair of the natural/cultural resources committee. A former Danville mayor and councilmember, Lane had led efforts to establish the Iron Horse Regional Trail, the Calaveras Ridge Trail, and Sycamore Valley Open Space Park. In 2008-9, she served on the Community Advisory Committee reviewing land use plans for the Concord Naval Weapons Station where a 2,500-acre regional park is planned. Lane is a published author, columnist, and curator of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. She was the founding president of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and is a past president of the Contra Costa County Historical Society. Director Lane’s term expires in 2022.

Dennis Waespi was elected to the Board in 2014. He will serve as chair of the legislative committee. He was a park supervisor at the Park District for 36 years before retiring in 2016. Waespi has also served on the boards of the Castro Valley Sanitary District and Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. Director Waespi’s term expires in 2022.

Ayn Wieskamp was elected to the Board in 1999. She served as Board president in 2019. Wieskamp previously served on the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Board, the Livermore City Council, the Alameda County Recycling Board, and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency. Director Wieskamp’s term expires in 2022.

Elizabeth Echols was appointed to the Board in January 2020 to fill the vacancy left by Whitney Dotson, who retired in December 2019. She has extensive experience in public service, with over 20 years in public policy roles. Echols’ recent policy work focused on environmental protection, climate change, and wildfire prevention and mitigation. Most recently, she was appointed by former Governor Jerry Brown to serve as the Director of the independent Public Advocates Office at the California Public Utilities Commission. Director Echols’ term expires in 2020.

The board meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month. Members are elected to four-year terms and are elected by ward to represent different geographic areas of the East Bay.

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Warriors fall to Pacers 129-118 despite 37 from Russell https://martineztribune.com/2020/01/24/warriors-fall-to-pacers-129-118-loss-to-despite-37-from-russell/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/01/24/warriors-fall-to-pacers-129-118-loss-to-despite-37-from-russell/#respond Sat, 25 Jan 2020 07:44:48 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13901 BY MASON BISSADA Though they refused to die until the very end, the Golden State Warriors were unable to overcome the Indiana Pacers on Friday night at the Chase Center, losing by a score of 129-118 in a game that felt much closer than the final score indicated. Leading the futile effort was D’Angelo Russell, …

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BY MASON BISSADA

Though they refused to die until the very end, the Golden State Warriors were unable to overcome the Indiana Pacers on Friday night at the Chase Center, losing by a score of 129-118 in a game that felt much closer than the final score indicated.

Leading the futile effort was D’Angelo Russell, who tied his career-high of nine 3-pointers made, going 9-13 from beyond the arc and finishing with 37 points to go along with five assists. In the third quarter, when it appeared Indiana was about to pull away and blow the Warriors out like the Jazz did two nights ago, Russell hit four three pointers to cut the lead to four and give the Warriors a fighting chance. Though his performance was in vain, the home crowd truly appreciated Russell’s brief channeling of his Splash Brother teammates.

“He’s an incredible shooter from long range and lethal on the high screen and got there in the third quarter when we made that push,” Head Coach Steve Kerr said postgame. “He’s capable of that…and he did a great job of helping us get back in the game.”

Marquese Chriss added, “I’m never really surprised when he gets hot like that.”

Draymond Green (10 points, 11 assists) recognized Russell’s hot hand and continued to feed him the ball, either in transition while running the break or in the half court as a point-forward. When Green actually has players around him that are making shots, his court vision and unselfishness become much more noticeable and valuable.

Though the Warriors outscored the Pacers 67-60 in second half, they were unable to undo the damage done by the Indiana in the first. It wouldn’t be wrong to assume that a performance in which Golden State shot an efficient 48.8% from the field and 48.7% from three would’ve resulted in at least a single-digit defeat, if not a victory. However, when the opposing team shoots 56.8% from the field and an astounding 60.7% from beyond the arc, all assumptions go out the window. Indiana seemed to have an answer for every run Golden State threw at them, thanks in large part to T.J. Warren (33 points), who made nine of his first 10 shots, and Doug McDermott (24 points), who made his first eight shots and finished the night 6-7 from downtown.

The Pacers, who have been short-handed in the backcourt all season as Victor Oladipo recovers from a knee injury (he’s expected to return January 29th) were also without breakout star Malcom Brogdon after he recently suffered a concussion. However, Indiana didn’t seem to miss Brogdon much, as Domantas Sabonis assumed the role of point-center, dishing out eight assists to go along with a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double. Sabonis operated out of the post, finding cutters with backdoor passes and reading Golden State’s defense from over his shoulder. The likely first-time All-Star showed his entire offensive arsenal, whether it be his vision or his impressive footwork.

The loss came in the wake of a trade in which the Warriors sent center Willie Cauley-Stein to the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs used their $11.7 million trade exception to take in Cauley-Stein after their starting center, Dwight Powell, went down with a season-ending injury. In exchange, according to Bobby Marks, Golden State will now save nearly $6 million in luxury tax dollars owed to the league and open up another roster spot (to potentially sign 2-way player Ky Bowman for the rest of the season). Cauley-Stein is a legitimate rotation-level center, though his play with Golden State this season has been inconsistent. With Cauley-Stein gone, look for Marquese Chriss and Omari Spellman to get his minutes, along with spot time for Draymond Green as a small-ball 5.

Chriss was given the nod as the starting center Friday in the wake of the trade, and performed as if he wanted to secure the role for the remainder of the season. Though he only had three rebounds, Chriss was a perfect 5-5 from the field in 21 minutes of action. Though he does not offer the floor spacing that Spellman (2-3 from three) does, his athleticism and hustle plays make him a solid option.

Glenn Robinson III continues to be a model of consistency on a team that is anything but. Robinson finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, making two of his five three-pointers and slowing down the scorching hot T.J. Warren in the second half.

After coming off of a brutal 35-point beatdown on Wednesday at the hands of of the Utah Jazz, the Warriors could have easily laid down and died for a Pacers team that is also far more talented than them. Some resiliency is an improvement over no resiliency, and small moral victories are welcome when actual wins are so few and far between.

Golden State now has three days off before traveling to Philadelphia to face the 76ers on Tuesday at 4PM in a game that will mark the first of a five-game east coast road trip.

GAME NOTES:

Golden State played its twenty-second different starting lineup of the season tonight.

The Warriors’ 19 three-pointers made was one shy of their season-high (20 on 1/16 vs. Denver).

Indiana’s 60.7% shooting from three was a season-high against Golden State.

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Warriors embarrassed by Utah 129-96 as slide continues https://martineztribune.com/2020/01/22/warriors-embarrassed-by-utah-129-96-as-slide-continues/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/01/22/warriors-embarrassed-by-utah-129-96-as-slide-continues/#respond Thu, 23 Jan 2020 06:41:06 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13878 BY MASON BISSADA The Golden State Warriors became the latest victim of the surging Utah Jazz on Wednesday, falling 129-96 at the Chase Center in what was essentially a wire-to-wire defeat. Utah, which came into the game having won 17 of their last 19 games, dominated Golden State on both sides of the ball from …

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BY MASON BISSADA

The Golden State Warriors became the latest victim of the surging Utah Jazz on Wednesday, falling 129-96 at the Chase Center in what was essentially a wire-to-wire defeat.

Utah, which came into the game having won 17 of their last 19 games, dominated Golden State on both sides of the ball from the opening tip. A gradual progression of a blowout began with a 14-point lead after one quarter, extended to a 22-point lead at halftime and jumped to a 31-point lead after three quarters, at which point both teams emptied their benches and played 12 minutes of pickup ball.

“I think we ran into a team that’s playing about as well as anybody in the league,” Head Coach Steve Kerr said postgame. “They’re clicking. They’re dominating right now and they dominated us at both ends right from the beginning. I thought we got demoralized in the first half.”

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Rudy Gobbert slams down a shot over Willie Cauley-Stein during Utah’s 129-96 rout of the Warriors Wednesday night. Gobbert dominated in the middle with 22 points and 15 rebounds.

 

Defensively, the Jazz (currently ranked eighth in the NBA in defense), held the Warriors to just 39.8% shooting (26.1% from 3) despite a relatively healthy Golden State roster. Reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert was his usual rim-deterrent self, blocking three shots and constantly discouraging Warriors from driving anywhere near the paint.

“He’s a big dude,” said D’Angelo Russell of Gobert’s defensive presence. “You definitely think you might have [a shot] and he may affect it, just because of his length. He’s been dominating the game on the defensive end for years now.”

Despite turning the ball over just eight times (tied for their lowest total of the season), Golden State’s offense was miserable as they settled for tough midrange jumpers and shot just 6-23 (26.1%) from 3-point range. With that amount of missed shots, it was no surprise the Jazz outrebounded the Warriors 56-37.

Offensively, Golden State gifted the Jazz whatever they wanted. Corner-3 specialists Bojan Bogdanovic (18 points) and Joe Ingles (11 points and eight assists) went a combined 6-11 from beyond the arc. Overall, the Jazz shot 17-40 (42.5%) from deep. These defensive lapses by Golden State can partially be accredited to the equally-imposing offensive presence of Gobert, who pitched in a monster 22-point, 15-rebound double-double. Gobert’s athleticism and strength makes him a deadly pick-and-roll threat playing off of likely All-Star Donovan Mitchell (23 points on 8-13 shooting). When Utah ran pick-and-roll, Golden State had no choice but to collapse their defense and leave Utah’s shooters wide open.

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Utah’s Donovan Mitchell goes up for a shot during
the Jazz 129-96 romp over Golden State at Chase Center. Mitchell lead the way for Utah with 23 points in 22 minutes as the Jazz maintained their position as the second seed in the West.

For Golden State, D’Angelo Russell continues to put up numbers that don’t necessarily translate to wins. Russell quietly scored 26 points on 10-21 shooting to go along with three rebounds, three assists and just one turnover. The Jazz defense forced Golden State into midrange jumpers, but that’s the type of shot Russell often prefers. His trade value remains somewhat high as the trade deadline approaches, but it still appears Golden State is adamant on keeping the young star for the remainder of the dwindling season.

Draymond Green contributed another Charles Barkley-coined triple-single, tallying five points, four rebounds, two assists and one technical foul in 25 minutes of play. In an effort to spark a bit of offense into his group, Kerr closed the first half by moving Green to center and Glenn Robinson III (10 points, 2-4 from three) to power forward, but the shift provided little fruit on either end of the floor. Still, it’s encouraging to see Golden State attempting the unconventional, seeing as the conventional hasn’t worked in the slightest this season.

There is only so much any team can do when matched up against a squad that is clicking as much as the Jazz are. Still, the progressive nature of this blowout suggests the Warriors showed little resilience in the face of this adversity. There were no spurts or runs by Golden State from which to gleam any positivity. It was a bad loss that only got worse as the game went on.

Golden State will hope to regain some positivity against Indiana on Friday at 7:30 PM, as they welcome the Pacers to the Bay Area for the only time this season.

GAME NOTES:

This was already the fourth and final matchup against Utah this season, in which the Warriors were swept (0-4) by the Jazz for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

D’Angelo Russell has scored 20+ points in 10 of his last 12 games.

Jacob Evans III played limited minutes in his first game back since his concussion (scoring four points).

 

 

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Martinez community supports buying local at Farmers Market https://martineztribune.com/2020/01/21/martinez-community-supports-buying-local-at-farmers-market/ https://martineztribune.com/2020/01/21/martinez-community-supports-buying-local-at-farmers-market/#respond Wed, 22 Jan 2020 01:07:40 +0000 https://martineztribune.com/?p=13870 BY DEBRA J. MORRIS As the Sunday Martinez Farmers’ Market draws to a close for the day, farmers pack up their leftover produce and take down their tents as they make their way home after a day of bringing customers the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. A single bunch of carrots and some lettuce …

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BY DEBRA J. MORRIS

As the Sunday Martinez Farmers’ Market draws to a close for the day, farmers pack up their leftover produce and take down their tents as they make their way home after a day of bringing customers the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. A single bunch of carrots and some lettuce are the only items left at the booth of Tu Universo Farms, while Great Valley Poultry puts away the few remaining cartons of fresh eggs left on the table.

The Martinez community has once again come out to support their farmers market and the local purveyors of fresh produce, hot foods, honey, cheese, and baked goods. What could be a better visual expression of this support than farmers taking home very little of what they brought !

Market Manager Michael Peterson said, “The Martinez community has always supported their farmers market and they come out to shop even when it rains. They’re here every Sunday throughout the year and our local farmers really appreciate their support.”

Why are these folks supporting the local farmers’ market ? It’s because they find the freshest fruits and vegetables, often in varieties not found elsewhere. They also find pure local honey, freshly-made breads, olive oil, and tamales, made by purveyors who really care about the quality of their product. They are here to support their community and the local economy, usually visiting surrounding shops and eateries while they’re here. And they also get to talk to the people who grow or produce what they’re buying.

This month, Martinez farmers market shoppers will be filling their market shopping bags with amazing winter citrus, hearty root vegetables, winter greens, and more. Hearty winter celery, carrots, onions, and potatoes can be found at Tu Universo of Watsonville. Feel Good Bakery from Alameda will be offering their fantastic walnut loaf and sourdough bread. Miss Bee Haven will have pure local honey from their Brentwood-area hives. At J&J Ramos Farms out of Hughson you’ll find all the oranges and tangerines you could want.

The market also has olive oil from Atlas Peak and Bistro Blends, both out of the Napa region, tasty snacks from O’Hana Brothers in Pleasanton and Hummus Heaven of San Leandro, creamy cheeses from Achadinha Cheese in Petaluma and fresh green smoothies from The Fruit Tree in Oakland.

The variety of products at the market is endless, the quality of each and every offering is superb, and the camaraderie of family, friends, and neighbors is heartwarming. Join the other faithful farmers market shoppers this weekend and see what you’ve been missing !

Candied Blood Orange Slices

2 blood oranges, sliced crosswise into 1⁄4-inch-thick pieces

5 ounces good-quality dark chocolate (preferably 70% cocoa), chopped

1-1/2 cups sugar

1 cup water

Maldon salt for garnish

In a saucepan, combine 1-1/2 cups sugar and water and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar has dissolved completely, about 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to low, add the blood orange slices, and simmer until translucent, about 20 -30 minutes. Remove pan from heat and let cool completely, about 2 hours, in a cool spot.

Place waxed paper over a sheet pan. Using tongs, remove the slices, shaking off any excess syrup. Place on the rack in a single layer. Let the slices dry overnight. Reserve the syrup for another use. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the chocolate in a heat proof bowl placed over simmering water in a saucepan. Melt the chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from the heat. Drag each side of the candied blood orange slice halfway into the chocolate and then place on the parchment in a single layer. Leave until the chocolate has set, about 1 hour. Garnish with Maldon salt.

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