Oakland A’s are looking for a new home, but where?
San Jose is a perfect place for a new beginning. The Oakland A’s have been trying to get there for a few years now and it doesn’t seem to be getting closer.
According to The New York Times, after the MLB’s Board of Governors meeting, Commissioner Bud Selig said there was no timetable to conclude this issue. Asked whether the A’s might seek to move to another city outside of the San Francisco Bay area, Selig said it was a decision that Lew Wolff and the other A’s owners would have to make. Selig added, though, that “it just depends where they are moving.” During that time, the San Francisco Giants are doing what they can to block the A’s from coming in to their territory.
The A’s play in one of the league’s oldest stadiums, which lacks in premium seating, restaurants and other accouterments that newer venues have. The Oakland Coliseum has been the home for the team since 1968. Before the team moved to Oakland, they moved from Philadelphia in 1954 and Kansas City in 1967. A total of 23 teams have opened ballparks since 1989.
The A’s have the choice to move wherever they want, which could be outside of the Bay Area if decided. The battle between the A’s and the Giants will continue after this weeks meetings are over, with Selig hoping the two sides can make some sort of agreement. San Jose has what the owners want and they don’t seem to be backing down.
“Number one, my only objective is to remain in the Bay Area,” A’s owner Lew Wolff said Thursday. “And based on all our studies, plus receiving no indication from the blue-ribbon committee that we missed anything, the only location we can find to build a ballpark that’s do-able is in downtown San Jose. I intend to do that. And we intend to invest half a billion dollars in private funds to do so.”
According to ESPN.com, Wolff would be allowed to consider other sites within the A’s territory — such as downtown Oakland — but approval from MLB would be needed for a move outside the territory.
As the talks continue it doesn’t seem that this matter will end any time soon. Here are different solutions that could be made to solve the situation:
- Wolff wants the new park to be built in the South Bay. Since the Giants were granted territorial rights in Santa Clara County in 1990, owners Larry Baer and Charles Johnson could agree on a settlement with Wolff to void that obstacle.
- Or the Wolff could sell the franchise which would move them out of the Bay Area. Both solutions are possible but more than likely won’t happen.
The A’s are getting closer to the end of their lease and hopes to be out of the Coliseum before it’s too late. With that still in question Selig will be waiting to get the process started on the future of the A’s.