Meet our new A’s beat writer, Martin Gallegos

Martin Gallegos, Bay Area News Group's Oakland Athletics beat reporter, is photographed at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

OAKLAND — What’s up, A’s fans?

You might have noticed my byline last season while I filled in on coverage last season for the East Bay Times and the Mercury News and wondered, “Who the heck is he?”

Now that I’m officially your new A’s beat writer, with feet on the desert floor in Arizona, I should tell you a little about me.

At my core, I’m just a kid from San Jose who loves baseball.

My dad took me to Candlestick Park — then known as 3Com — for my first game when I was 5. The Reds were in town, it was an extremely cold July night and Jeff Kent sent two over the fence.

I was hooked.

As with so many other baseball fans, it took only one random ballgame to forge an everlasting passion for the sport. It drove me to play competitively through high school. I clung to the “play in the majors” dream all the way through, but high school ball can deliver a humbling reality: That curveball is one tough pitch to hit.

Luckily ball fields could be replaced by ballpark press boxes.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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