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Letter Surfaces Showing MLB Denied A’s San Jose Move

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Lew Wolff (L) owner and managing partner of the Oakland Athletics speaks at a press conference with Major League Baseball Commisioner Bud Selig in 2006 (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Lew Wolff (L) owner and managing partner of the Oakland Athletics speaks at a press conference with Major League Baseball Commisioner Bud Selig in 2006 (Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) — Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig formally informed the Oakland A’s this summer that the team’s bid to move San Jose had been denied.

Saturday a Selig letter to the team surfaced in a federal court filing Friday night. MLB disclosed the existence of the letter as part of its legal argument to dismiss what remains of San Jose antitrust lawsuit filed against the league over the A’s future stadium plans. The letter itself wasn’t made public.

The court filing says Selig sent the letter to the club on June 17. The next day, San Jose filed its lawsuit accusing MLB of antitrust violations.

Oakland A’s owner Lew Wolff said that the club is still fighting to relocate to San Jose.

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