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Oakland still thinks it can keep the A's

Nov 30, 2009, 8:30 AM EDT

For those of you who have lost track of the Oakland A’s stadium saga, know that you haven’t missed a ton.  Owner Lew Wolff still wants to go to San Jose — he calls it “the only option” in a recent San Jose sales pitch masquerading as a profile on the A’s situation — and he has the backing of Cisco Systems an San Jose public officials on the potential ballpark.  All of that is gummed up by the fact that Major League Baseball still has its specially-appointed commission calculating the payoff to the San Francisco Giants — er, I mean “studying the A’s stadium situation.”  Nothing can happen until their report comes in, presumably sometime in early 2010.

Into that mix comes word today that the City of Oakland has identified four potential sites for a new A’s ballpark within the city. Apparently Wolff has already dismissed the sites as unworkable, probably because he has already dismissed everything in Oakland as unworkable.

I’m not the world’s biggest A’s ballpark expert — this guys is — but I can’t help but think that Oakland knows that none of those sites will ever happen.  I think they believe what I believe: the whole
MLB commission thing is rigged to pave the way for the San Jose move, and against that backdrop, they’re throwing out these proposals in order to make the commission work a bit harder before simply putting its rubber stamp on the inevitable.

If so, good for Oakland for not simply laying down on this.  Lew Wolff and the powers that be may one day take baseball from Oakland, but they won’t be able to say that they didn’t have a choice.

  1. Old Gator - Nov 30, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Having just endured ten years of knockdown dragout shenanigans here in Miami over the Marlins’ efforts to escape from Joeprodolshark Stadium what is now becoming Macondo Banana Massacre Yanqui Imperialist Fruit Collective Inc. Stadium, nothing – and I mean nothing – could possibly interest me less than the stadium brouhaha(h) in Oakland. As long as Yoshi’s is staying put, the A’s can go anywhere they want. Keep the team? Hell, as far as I’m concerned, they can have the team – and those ridiculous elf costumes they wear.

  2. Sean - Nov 30, 2009 at 12:38 PM

    Isn’t the the epitome of cronyism? After all, Wolff and Selig were fraternity brothers in Madison back in whenever they were to college. Just one more reason to hate ‘bros.

  3. RichardInDallas - Dec 11, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    A’s ownership and the city of Oakland should consult with Jerry Jones and Arlington, TX. They were quite successful in driving many long time residents out of their homesteads to build the incredible Jerry World Complex. One woman had to be removed by constables immediately prior to a bulldozer running through her home…

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