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Conflicting reports on the Athletics-San Jose thing

Mar 5, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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It has been three years since Major League Baseball set up a committee to look into whether the A’s can move to San Jose. So you’d figure there would be some resolution on the matter now.  Guess what? Nope!

Two conflicting reports over the weekend. First from Bill Madden of the New York Daily News:

Unfortunately, the “Moneyball” film came up empty with the Academy Award voters, and the same fate beckons for Beane and Oakland A’s owners Lew Wolff and John Fisher in their determined effort to move to a new stadium in Hi-Tech haven. The latter prospect, in which, for a variety of reasons, MLB is going to uphold the San Francisco Giants’ territorial rights in San Jose …

Then comes Hank Schulman’s report in the San Francisco Chronicle:

I’ve just been told by someone in the commissioner’s office that contrary to what a New York newspaper suggested yesterday, the A’s proposed move to San Jose is not on life support. And, it is not true that Commissioner Bud Selig and baseball owners have all but decided to uphold the Giants’ territorial rights to San Jose, which would preclude the A’s from going there.

Who knows? Madden’s report was casual to the point of catatonic, passing along that little nugget in the course of yet another lame “Moneyball” analogy. If it was news — Extra! MLB to slam the A’s! — you’d think it would warrant its own story or at least its own sentence. This smells like scuttlebutt that couldn’t be confirmed and is now being passed along as gossipy conventional wisdom.

That said, the reasoning in Madden’s story — Selig doesn’t have the support of the other owners to approve the San Jose move — makes a lot of sense, so it’s possible that that’s where things will eventually go.

But the key takeaway here is this: IT HAS TAKEN THREE YEARS TO DECIDE THIS.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 5, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Um…er…it has taken three years to decide what????

  2. eastcoastblows - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Why not build the stadium in Salinas? Plenty of room and no territorial rights bs…..imagine, the Salnias Athletics

    • blabidibla - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM


      The Giants are rightfully stressed that all that South Bay money would stop coming up to The City to see them play. San Jose wants so badly to be a known as the big city they already are. No one knows they are actually larger in size and population than San Francisco unless you’re from there. SJ baseball fans would embrace their new team fully and many would no longer make the trek to the City.

      • Old Gator - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        Then somewhere near Salinas
        Bud let them slip away
        Lookin’ for that home I hope they find….

        (with apologies to Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster and the Grateful Dead)

  3. APBA Guy - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Air Bud’s in a tough spot here. If he really doesn’t have the majority vote to muscle the Giants, that means the other teams have to a) keep paying the A’s over $ 30M a year and b) deal with the fallout when they pack up and head to Vegas or wherever.

    Why don’t I have the least bit of sympathy for Bud?

    • Jeremy Fox - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:48 AM

      Except they really don’t really have anywhere else to go, at least not anywhere else that wouldn’t infringe somebody else’s territorial rights. Vegas likely wouldn’t be able to support a team, for several reasons. And where else is big enough and sufficiently into baseball? Oklahoma City? Indianapolis? San Antonio? Montreal? Vancouver? Orlando? Portland Oregon? I haven’t researched this, but none of those possibilities sound too promising to me…

  4. SmackSaw - Mar 5, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    The Soledad Athletics. Afterall, it’s happening in Soledad.

  5. castillo_ken - Mar 5, 2012 at 1:59 PM

    The Sacramento Athletics

    • blabidibla - Mar 5, 2012 at 2:11 PM

      That town is severely depressed. The tech boom never really took hold there and CA politics being what they are, many of the Govt. employees got laid off. never going to happen.

  6. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 5, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    Portland and Las Vegas would make sense.

  7. nomoreseasontix - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:39 PM

    As a long time A’s fan, I really hope it all falls apart on Wolff.
    It would be hilarious to have watched him destroy the team and end up with nothing but a team with less value than he paid for it…..

  8. embinoratsicus - Mar 5, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Portland or Las Vegas have less going for it than building a new stadium in Oakland. The issue is that Lew Wolff cannot imagine a business model for a new stadium without a “ballpark village” attached that includes townhomes and a high end shopping mall.

    Sell the team to someone who can, and see if you can peddle that scheme to the Rays or maybe Toronto.

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