Have mustache, will travel; former A’s pitcher Quantities back in Oakland with Royals

Daniel Mengden is back at the Coliseum this weekend, wearing different colors but still sporting the amazing mustache.

Mengden, who pitched for the Oakland Athletics from 2016 to 2020, was called up Monday by the Kansas City Royals, just in time for their weeklong visit to the Bay Area, three games at Oracle Park and three at the Coliseum.

“The A’s gave me my first outing, my first start, they rode me for five years and kind of helped me develop into the pitcher I am today, so I appreciate everything they did for me,” Mengden said. “Now we’re continuing on in a different jersey, and we’m back here again in the beautiful Coliseum. Never forget all the memories we had here. ”

Mengden, 29, spent last season in Korea pitching for the Kia Tigers, where the handlebar mustache was a big hit – “they like the extra flair” – and signed with the Royals in March. He waxes the mustache only for starts but so far is working out of the KC bullpen.

Asked about his best memories with the A’s, Mengden did not list any of his own accomplishments, including his May 26, 2018, shutout of the Diamondbacks, and instead shouted out his teammates.

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