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In case you forgot, the Athletics are still in franchise limbo

Jun 30, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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In all of our excitement over Bud Selig’s gung-ho attitude with respect to Frank McCourt — go get him, Bud!!! — let us not forget that Selig and Major League Baseball continue to sit passively as the Athletics die on the vine:

Last month, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed sent a letter to Bud Selig. The letter was friendly. Reed simply asked the commissioner of baseball for a general timetable of when he might finally decide whether the A’s and owner Lew Wolff can pursue a new ballpark in the South Bay.

“We have to contemplate the timing of a future election,” Reed explained to Selig.

The letter was dated May 10. Reed still has received no answer.

The way in which baseball has let the A’s and their fans dangle like this is unconscionable.

  1. dwishinsky - Jun 30, 2011 at 9:54 AM


  2. hep3 - Jun 30, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    That is the thing about Bud; you can always count on him to be inconsistent.

    It is past time for Bud to retire.

  3. kopy - Jun 30, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Not only is it rude, but these public officials are asking to help him grow his private business. If I ran a company, and a city asked me when I’d decide if they could help me pay for a brand new facility, I would answer.

  4. thekcubrats - Jun 30, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Boy, do you readers not get it. Once you see Selig as a crime boss, it’s all clear and consistent as vig. McCourt broke the code, got his hands too deep in the till and balls broke by his frail, but worse than that, both quite publicly, and has to be taken out. LewW is a crony’s crony. They are playing the various municipalities that want the A’s, on a slow, shrewd extortion racket.

  5. APBA Guy - Jun 30, 2011 at 3:22 PM

    Just think of Wolff as Angelos-lite. An empty stadium is ok as long as the revenue sharing money exceeds payroll. TV money is thus 100% profit, plus any extra from the suckers who do show up to games and pay the ridiculous seat prices and parking fees.

    Every corporate entity in the East Bay thinks the A’s are not long for this locale. That’s why Overstock only had to pay $ 1.5m/year for “naming rights.” Compare that to the Dodgers “bad” deal.

    As for Selig, the sooner he retires, the better.

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