Chris Bassitt will make his first appearance as an opponent at the Oakland Coliseum on Friday. He faces a tanking team with an uncertain future in a city uncertain to keep the team housed.
Basitt pitched for the Oakland Athletics in 2015-21, the last-running team in the major leagues, averaging less than 10,000 fans per home game, and an ownership stake to try to acquire a new ballpark in the city. It may act as a lever.
A’s players play their home games in the abandoned park until further action is taken.
Basit says, “Show [Mets teammates] The Mets starter said some fun things at the Coliseum.
Basit pointed to a huge piece of seating at the top of the park. It was originally built as additional seating for the Oakland Raiders.
“It’s amazing to be able to go to the top of Mt. Davis,” Basitt said of the Oakland Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors.
Basit downplayed the feelings he would have felt in his former home. Asked about his favorite memory, the right-hander said, “Just people. The team we had was very special and still very special to me – the people who were there.
Basitt was traded to the A’s by the White Sox after appearing in the first six major league games in 2014. He has established himself as a league player in the majors, pitching in the 2020 postseason and going all-star last season.
The A’s, the third-lowest-paid MLB team this season, have sold most of their production, including Basit, according to Spotrac. The Mets are a very valuable No. 3 starter with a 3.32 ERA.
Former teammates such as Matt Olson, Matt Chapman and now Met Mark Kanha also left. Basitt hasn’t played with many players yet, but he’ll share scouting reports for hitters like Tony Kemp and Sean Murphy.
“I’ll tell them when I get to Oakland,” Basitt said before the series he, Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer are due to launch. You may know half of — those I know, I will definitely teach. [the Mets staff] what i think ”
— Additional reporting by Mike Puma