Blog Entry

A's future in Oakland uncertain

Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:21 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 10:44 am

By Dayn Perry

Bill Madden of the New York Daily News raised eyebrows and hackles when he reported over the weekend that the A’s longed-for move from Oakland to San Jose would not happen. It would not happen, Madden reported, because MLB would choose not to violate the Giants’ nebulous territorial rights to the San Jose area. (Yes, there exists a world in which Oakland across the Bay is not an encroachment but San Jose, an hour or so away via the 101, is.)

An MLB source, of course, denies that any decision has been made with regard to the A’s bold step of moving farther away from the Giants, reports Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News. If, however, the smoke leads to fire, then one must ask: What will become of the A’s? Will we once again be subjected to half-serious rumors of contraction? Are the Portland/Las Vegas/San Antonio/Charlotte/New Jersey/Mexico City A’s in our future? Will the status remain quo? BizofBaseball’s Maury Brown, via Twitter, sums it up thus:

“A's: chances of contraction? 0. Chances for San Jose? Dwindling. Chances for Oakland? Low. Chance of sale? Rising.”

At which point, one assumes, the dance will continue.

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Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:23 pm

A's future in Oakland uncertain

I live in and San Francisco and I've
attended an average of at least 10 A's games a year for the past 20 years.
While the Coliseum is showing its age I really feel you are exaggerating about
the conditions. First off you can take BART from anywhere in the Bay Area
directly to the Coliseum and walk over a foot bridge right to the entrance. I
don't know what route you've taken to the Coliseum but it has two exit on the
freeway that are less than a quarter mile from the Coliseum parking lots. I've
never witnessed any violence in the Coliseum or even in the parking lot
tailgating. Every Wednesday game offers $2 tickets and the concessions are a
great deal cheaper than AT&T Park. If you choose to drive to the Coliseum
you can park for free in the BART lot which is patrolled by BART Police. That
being said, the A's real problem is having an owner who is a real estate
developer who has no interest in the sport of baseball.

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:02 pm

A's future in Oakland uncertain

Having been to a number of A's games while traveling to SF/Oakland for business, I believe that the MLB is essentially trying to run the A's out of business, or atleast trying to get them to sell and get new ownership in place.  While Oakland can be dangerous, this stadium in such a location that I would not take my wife to a game, let alone my children.  You never feel safe traveling to or from the stadium, and the stadium is in such disrepair, you feel like you are risking your life leaning against a railing on the second deck.  All the while, the Giants get a new stadium in downtown to replace candlestick.  Given these two different worlds, I think one would have to be crazy to head over the bridge or stay in Oakland to watch an A's game, when for a couple bucks more you can be eating garlic fries in a newer stadium and not watching your back as you make your way to and from the stadium.  A move to San Jose would provide new fans a chance to see live baseball, and would take away the stacked deck that MLB has created by forcing A's to stay right next door to the Giants.  I find it sad that MLB either does see or doesnt care what their territorial rights nonsense is doing to the A's. 

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:05 am

A's future in Oakland uncertain

intersting encroachment parameters

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:32 am

A's future in Oakland uncertain

     It does seems sort of strange that a city considerably further away than Oakland (and LARGER than San Francisco) would be considered encroaching on the Giants' territory.  If the Bay Area has supported two teams all these years, would it make a huge impact on the Giants if the A's did move to San Jose? It will seem strange not referring to Oakland as the home of the A's and if they move, this will be the fourth city they have been based in which I think would be an MLB record.

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