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Report: MLB to grant A's move to San Jose

Posted on: December 24, 2011 5:47 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

On Friday, Billy Beane said the A's were moving forward as if they'd get a new stadium in a couple of years, and it appears one of the hurdles to that goal has been cleared.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale tweeted that the A's have been told that the team will be permitted by MLB to move to San Jose, something the Giants have opposed in the past.

During a conference call with reporters on Friday, Beane said he was confident the team would be allowed to go forth with a San Jose ballpark and "any other information I have, I'd probably rather keep to myself."

According to Nightengale, the A's have received "private assurances" from Major League Baseball and aren't allowed to talk about it publicly. However, he says the official word is expected by February.

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Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2012 12:49 am

Report: MLB to grant A's move to San Jose

You clearly do not live in San Jose. I live in San Jose and I am a huge A's fan. I have been going to A's games for 30 years now. Driving 40 minutes to see the A's play is something I have always been willing to do because I love the A's. I am not the only one either. You said that San Jose is mostly made of Giants fans, but I see as many A's bumper stickers in San Jose as I see Giants stickers and the baseball fans here I know are pretty equally split between Giants and A's. When I am driving North 880 to games, there are many cars with A's stickers joining the freeway in the South Bay on their way to the game. At games, I have run into quite a few people I know from San Jose. I have seen one of my students at the game on TV. I've come across fellow colleagues on BART on our way home from games. Imagine all the other San Jose fans that are there that I do not know or have seen there. There are about 1 million people in San Jose. A's fans in San Jose are and have always been good, loyal, die hard fans and they have proven it for decades by driving to Oakland and back regularly to watch the A's play, even when there have only been 8000 other people in the stadium. If you truly are a die-hard, you wouldn't mind the drive to San Jose.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 2:06 pm

Report: MLB to grant A's move to San Jose

Actually, I would argue otherwise.  This is NOT a good move for A's fans.  A's fans live in Oakland, not in San Jose.  This move will be geared toward the San Jose population which have been largely Giants fans.  No, the good, loyal, and die hard A's fans are getting hosed on this move.

Since: May 12, 2008
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:54 pm

Report: MLB to grant A's move to San Jose

Another questionable move for MLB. 

Winners:  A's ownership and management.

Losers:  Giants.  Apparently territorial agreements mean nothing and the MLB cannot be held to their word.
Losers: A's fans.  A very loyal fan base that shows up to matter what!  The endless carousel that is their roster...  develop young player only to deal him for prospects.... REPEAT.

Why did the A's even come to Oakland in the first place?! 

For those of you outside of the Bay Area, let me put it this way:

Imagine that you have a bakery in a town.  The town has agreed to let you come to town and promised that no other bakeries will be allowed to compete with you in the town boudaries.  Now, after many years, the town has agreed to let another compeitior outside of your area, to come in and open up shop. 
San Jose is the winner in this deal and good for them.  Shame on MLB and the powers that be. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 28, 2011 1:41 pm

Report: MLB to grant A's move to San Jose

i remember whan finley moved the a's to oakland from kansas city. it became apparent to everyone that charley o the mule was the smartest of all the executives.

Since: Jun 6, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:56 pm

Report: MLB to grant A's move to San Jose

Good for the A's and their fans.

Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:06 pm

Report: MLB to grant A's move to San Jose

What 'talents'???

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 4:21 pm

Report: MLB to grant A's move to San Jose

This move has taken far to long for MLB to make.  The A's have suffered in that old ballpark.  I think management has been treading water (and sinking) waiting for MLB to approve this move.  A few years back it was reported that the A's would have a state of the art ball park in San Jose and then nothing happened.  So the A's have been going down hill ever since.  I hope that this time the move is made and A's go back to being a competitive team again.  I love the A's but I hate the recent player transactions they have been making.  Once again they have dismantled the beginings of a fine pitching staff.  There offense is offensive, no power, no average, no nothing.  Please bring back the glory days.  Let the move happen.

Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 12:09 pm

Report: MLB to grant A's move to San Jose

@john4599 I will give you a little break since you state that you have been in the bay area twice, however Oakland is directly east of San Francisco.  The reason that the Giants are opposed to the move as stated on a couple of posts previously is that a lot of fans from the San Jose area of the bay travel up the 101 to attend the Giants games.  While those that are actually Giants fans will continue to make the drive, the fans that just want to watch MLB games would likely stop driving to SF and just attend games in San Jose.  As for your statement about the Giants would likely be upset if the A's moved to Salinas, I would think the Giants would be thrilled for that move as Salinas is about an hour south of San Jose.  This would take the A's even farther away from the Giants fan base and probably give the Giants a larger fan base, because it would remove the A's completely from the Oakland fan base also.

Bottom line comes down to how will each team be affected by attendance and I see it as being a bit of give and take.  The east bay fans that are not necessarily A's fans would likely go across the Bay Bridge instead of driving all the way down to San Jose for a game.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 11:21 am

Report: MLB to grant A's move to San Jose

Hey ThereisnonextMJ. Bro, whatever you do the next time you relieve yourself in Wrigley, don't shake hands with the dudes next to you in the pee trough line. Another thing, while in the act, keep your attention straight ahead and don't turn around if one of your pals screams your name.

Since: Dec 27, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 10:39 am
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