We got a reminder this week of how professional sports management often makes cold, hard business decisions that seem heartless.
This time it directly affected a Hawaii guy, A’s first baseman Kila Ka’aihue. The ‘Iolani product from Kailua was designated for minor league assignment just a few days before his wife is expected to deliver twins. Right now he’s in limbo, waiting to see if another team will pick him up before he’s sent to the minors.
Ka’aihue left without commenting, but teammates have spoken up on his behalf, anonymously criticizing the move. The move was a surprise, since Ka’aihue had become Oakland’s starting first baseman.
His production hasn’t been great (.234, 4 HRs, 14 RBI in 128 ABs this season). It’s not like he’s being replaced by Albert Pujols; Brandon Moss is 1 for 10 for the A’s this year, although he had been swinging a hot bat in Triple A.