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Lew Wolff wants baseball to speed up its decision on the A's

Jun 18, 2010, 11:14 AM EDT

There’s no reason in the world why it takes 15 months to figure out that (a) the Athletics aren’t viable in Oakland Coliseum; and (b) they probably need to move to San Jose, but baseball has been studying the matter that long and there is still no indication that it’s going to issue a report any time soon.

Lew Wolff — Bud Selig’s college fraternity brother, for crying out loud — has been patient. But his patience is wearing thin:

“It’s a little frustrating. I’m disappointed we haven’t
had the decision we need from Major League Baseball. It’s been 15 months
and we’re desperate for a new venue. But baseball has its own time
frame. There’s not much we can do. We’re following the process
established by the commissioner.”

Not that thin, I guess, but you have to figure that he’s agitating like hell behind the scenes for baseball to do something.  If it was anyone other than the Bud-compliant Wolff, I’d suggest just announcing that the stadium is being built and that you’re moving the team by a date certain and make Major League Baseball and the Giants do something.

Do they have the guts to sue? I don’t know, but making such an announcement wouldn’t cost any money and it would certainly force everyone’s hand.

  1. APBA Guy - Jun 18, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    A measure of how insignificant the A’s have become is the lack of comments to this post. In a way, baseball is a much slimmed down version of the Church in that normal time frames are greatly expanded due in part to perspective, but also due in larger part to doing so much consensus building business behind closed doors. However, the statement that the A’s aren’t viable in the Mausoleum is misleading, as they have adopted the Orioles model of fielding a cheap team and being profitable in an empty stadium. Thank you TV and revenue sharing. When you subtract insurance for Chavez’s DL time plus the amount they’ll save when Sheets is traded (he’s being marketed as this year’s Holliday: he’s slumming now, but he’ll wake up when you get him), the A’s payroll will be about $ 50M on $ 160M in revenue.

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