According to an article in the New York Daily News, Major League Baseball is ready to announce that the much-ballyhooed San Jose territory, coveted by the Oakland A’s, belongs to the San Francisco Giants.
On Saturday, Daily News columnist Bill Madden wrote that the ruling is all but finalized.
A’s owner Lew Wolff has grown increasingly impatient with baseball commissioner Bud Selig’s lollygagging in making a ruling on the issue.
Madden said that there are basically two reasons why Selig is procrastinating:
- The Giants’ territorial rights to San Jose are part of the MLB constitution as a result of former A’s owner, Levi-Strauss heir Wally Haas agreeing to cede them in 1989 to Giants owner Bob Lurie, who, frustrated in his efforts to get a new stadium in San Francisco, was looking to relocate the team.
- Even if Selig did invoke his “best interests of baseball” powers and allowed the A’s to move to San Jose, he probably doesn't have the votes.
I guess some of the owners are worried that—if the South Bay territory were to be given to the A’s—a precedent might be set and the same thing could happen to, say, the Yankees, Mets or Phillies if a new team were to move to New Jersey.
On Sunday, Selig told the San Jose Mercury News that a decision has not been made.
The San Jose issue has been going on for years and the A’s desperately want to resolve their attendance issues.
After seven straight years of declining attendance, Oakland still averaged just 18,232 fans per game last season, the worst attendance record in the American League. Nobody reading this post would argue with me that the Oakland Coliseum has outlived its use as a baseball venue.
Maybe the A’s should move to Sacramento.
The capital city is already home to the A’s Triple-A team, and the Rivercats’ current park, Raley Field (which sits along the Sacramento River, just a few short blocks from the steps of the state capitol), was originally built to be expandable to major league dimensions.
The Rivercats have consistently been one of the highest-drawing minor league teams in baseball and with the Sacramento Kings’ new NBA arena deal almost finalized, how sweet would it be for Sacramento to revitalize the downtown area with two new buildings?