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Staff News: Melissa Lockard joins The Athletic Bay Area full-time

Melissa Lockard is joining The Athletic Bay Area full-time as a Staff Writer/Editor.

A staff announcement from Melissa Lockard

Since the launch of The Athletic Bay Area on Aug. 1, 2017, I have been a regular contributor to The Athletic Bay Area. I am excited to announce that, as of today, I am joining The Athletic Bay Area full-time as a Staff Writer/Editor. I am thrilled to be able to increase my contributions to this incredible team of Bay Area sports writers and editors.

My writing coverage with The Athletic Bay Area will continue to be centered on baseball, with a focus on minor league prospects, the MLB draft and roster construction. Over at The Athletic, you will find in-depth Q&As with front office personnel and coaches, features on players, as well as plenty of analysis of breaking news and roster movement. I will be teaming up with The Athletic’s beat writers for the A’s and Giants — Julian McWilliams and Andrew Baggarly — as well as baseball contributor Eno Sarris to offer year-round coverage of the Bay Area baseball market.

As many of you are aware, The Athletic Bay Area is a subscription-based site, but it is well-worth the price of the subscription. For roughly the cost of one trip across the Bay Bridge per month, you get access to daily coverage of the Bay Area’s sports teams that you cannot find anywhere else. In addition, you have full access to the entire The Athletic family, which includes Ken Rosenthal’s MLB site, The Athletic All-American, The Fieldhouse, Ink, as well as a growing list of regional sites delivering in-depth coverage of their sports markets.

We will continue to publish content on OaklandClubhouse, but I hope that you also join me at The Athletic Bay Area to gain access to all of my coverage of the A’s.

To learn more about The Athletic and to sign-up for a subscription today, please visit: for a 30% discount.

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