MLB notes: A's owner says sewage problem 'a bunch of crap'

A general view during the Oakland Athletics game against the Seattle Mariners at O.co Coliseum on...

A general view during the Oakland Athletics game against the Seattle Mariners at O.co Coliseum on June 16, 2013 in Oakland, California. (AFP)

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First cruise ships, now locker rooms.

The pipes at Oakland’s O.co Coliseum backed up during Sunday’s game between the Athletics and visiting Seattle Mariners.

Monday, A's owner Lew Wolff, in an interview with USA Today, called the situation "a bunch of crap."

The venue is owned by the City of Oakland and the surrounding county, and operated by the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Joint Powers Authority.

It's out of Wolff's hands.

"We're sitting in a 46-year-old venue, in an economic situation where the joint partners don't have the funds to maintain the facility. It's not up to us to maintain it," Wolff added.

When pools of water and an unsavoury stench developed in both clubhouses after the game, both teams were forced into the vacant Oakland Raiders locker room a floor above to escape the rising water.

Stadium officials blamed a six-day homestand, which drew more than 170,000 fans, for the malfunction, according to the Associated Press.

"Make sure everybody finds out about this sewage thing," Oakland A's pitcher A.J. Griffin said. "We need to get a new stadium."

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, leaky pipes and clogged drains are nothing new at the coliseum, which sits 22 ft. below sea level.

A number of players left the facility without showering and the AP reported towels were used to prevent sewage from entering the dressing rooms.

Four months ago, the now infamous Carnival “poop cruise” was towed into an Alabama port after it lost power in the Gulf of Mexico, causing toilets to back up throughout the cruise ship in the Caribbean heat.

SORIANO UNLOADS

Everyone, even New York Mets fans, likely thought the Chicago Cubs’ 3-0 lead was safe heading into the bottom of the ninth inning at Citi Field on Sunday.

Then, Cubs closer Carlos Marmol emerged from the bullpen.

"Three outs left and we lost the game,” a frustrated Alfonso Soriano told the Chicago Tribune. "It's unacceptable, especially when we're winning 3-0 and (starting pitcher Matt) Garza's pitching a very good game."

With no outs and no one on, Marmol served up a dinger to the first Mets batter he faced, Marlon Byrd.

After walking Lucas Duda, Marmol surrendered a single to John Buck before Kirk Nieuwenhues blasted a one-out walk-off homer to make it 4-3.

“He used to be good,” Soriano said of Marmol. “I think he's good, but he's lost a little bit of his confidence, and this game is all about confidence. … I hope he gets it back and becomes the Marmol I know."

In 30 appearances this season, Marmol’s 2-4 with a 6.08 ERA. His three blown saves this season are one more than the 30-year-old righty has collected.

WASHINGTON’S WRATH

Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington held a closed-door meeting with his beleaguered ball club following Sunday’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Losers of six straight, the Rangers are now 4-11 in June and have seen their lead over the Oakland Athletics swallowed up since the end of May

“I spoke to them, and the message is nobody’s business in this room — and I don’t mean to be disrespectful,” Washington said in a post-game press conference. “I just thought they needed to hear from the manager.”

On Sunday, the Rangers stranded 11 runners, hitting 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Trailing by four games to the A’s in a wide open AL West, the Rangers began a four game set with the frontrunners Monday night.

“You go out and keep playing,” Washington said. “I feel like mentally we’re tough enough to make it through the challenge, and we will make it through the challenge.”

SANCHEZ, AVILA SHELVED SHORT-TERM

The Detroit Tigers placed pitcher Anibal Sanchez and catcher Alex Avilia on the 15-day disabled list on Monday.

Sanchez, sidelined with a shoulder strain and expected to miss two starts, is 6-5 this year with a 2.76 earned run average.

Avilia, 26, was hit by a pitch Sunday night. He has five home runs in 48 games in 2013.

The Tigers have recalled outfielder Avisail Garcia and catcher Bryan Holaday from its triple-A affiliate in Toledo, Ohio.


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