Bud Selig will likely leave his tenure as baseball commissioner early next year with one unsettled situation that has him “frustrated.” The Oakland Athletics still don’t have the new ballpark he says he believes they desperately need.
Major League Baseball revealed over the weekend that their commissioner sent a denial letter to the Oakland Athletics over the summer, to block their plans to move to San Jose.
A federal judge in San Jose will hear arguments Friday on Major League Baseball’s bid for dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit in which the South Bay city claims the MLB is illegally impeding a possible move by the Oakland A’s to San Jose.
Putting their money where their rooting interest is, some major East Bay companies say they’ll support building a new stadium to keep the A’s from leaving Oakland. In fact, they’re even willing to buy the team to keep its current owners from moving it to San Jose.
Speaking Thursday to the Associated Press Sports Editors, Selig provided no timetable for deciding the Bay Area dispute between the A’s, who would like to build a ballpark in San Jose, and the Giants, who won’t give up their territorial rights there.
After three years, the Oakland A’s have become impatient for a decision from Major League Baseball on whether the team can move to San Jose.
Officials with the San Francisco Giants are vowing a prolonged fight with the A’s if the Oakland team continues to work towards moving to San Jose. Team officials say the Giants are holding on tightly to the territorial rights that they have held since 1993.
The Battle of the Bay continues, and it has everything to do with the elected officials in charge of the cities vying for the Oakland A’s baseball team.
Rumors are rumbling that Major League Baseball officials could determine the fate of a possible move by the A’s to the South Bay as early as January.
Baseball fans made their case to city officials Wednesday night for keeping the A’s in Oakland, as Major League Baseball mulls whether the team should build here along the Embarcadero or in San Jose.