The A's Want Out of Oakland ... Pronto
The Oakland A's have planned to jettison their locale for a couple of years now, and until last month, their destination of choice was Fremont, Calif. Now, weeks after that proposed move fell apart, Oakland officials are scrambling to find a way to build the team a new stadium in a last ditch attempt to keep it in the city.
There's just one problem: The A's don't want to hear anything about it.
How emphatic are the A's that they won't return to Oakland? Just listen to these quotes, which team owner Lew Wolff delivered in a press release, via the San Jose Mercury News on Friday:
"We have fully exhausted our time and resources over the years with the city of Oakland, dating back to previous A's ownership," he said in the statement. "We recognize conditions have not changed. Letters to Major League Baseball offer nothing new or of any real substance. Outside stimulation to have us continue to play in an aging and shared facility may generate press and 'sound-bite' opportunities, but do not provide any tangible alterations in the circumstances we face.
"Our goal and desire for the organization is to determine a way to keep the team in Northern California. That goal has not changed. We have no interest in covering old ground again, as we need to move forward in finding a future home for our team."
So where, exactly, will the A's find a home? The strongest bet, by far, is San Jose, which currently hosts the
AAA minor league affiliate of the Giants and have long been the successful home of the NHL's Sharks.
There is one problem with that scenario: The Giants hold "territorial rights" to Santa Clara County, which would -- at least conceivably -- pave the way for them to mount a legal challenge against an A's move to San Jose via Commissioner Bud Selig.
Would such a challenge stand up? Probably not if the A's threatened to move out of Northern California as the other alternative. Say, a proposed move to Las Vegas? That would probably pave the way to the "San Jose A's" (hey, it even rhymes!) within a year.
Thoughts? Will anyone actually bemoan the loss of Oakland's McAfee Coliseum? Given the traffic headaches and blase sight lines it produces, that seems like a stretch. To me, McAfee was the Northern California answer to Shea Stadium, minus the dilapidated charm.
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