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 6, 2012
Posted on: March 6, 2012 1:18 pm

A's future in Oakland uncertain

Capt.Bojangles sounds exactly like the type of elitist yuppy that fills AT&T on a regular basis. I'm glad you chose to make the longer trip to SF. I've been going to A's games since I was about 2, and have never not felt safe. Sure, I've seen a few fights, but I've seen a few at AT&T too. And I'm from Walnut Creek, so it's not like I'm coming from the ghetto.

The A's belong in Oakland. Simple as that. Their brand of baseball matches up perfectly with the image of Oakland.


Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:56 am

A's future in Oakland uncertain

So, no body cares about where hated Oakland plays as they cheat to win games by stealing bases. Go 2012 world champion Mariners!

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: March 6, 2012 9:26 am

A's future in Oakland uncertain

What ever happened to the possible move to Fresno? I think having the A's in Monterey Bay would be great! The fanbase down in the Monterey Area is strong and it keeps the team local for the few loyal fans that they have.

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:44 pm

A's future in Oakland uncertain

Man, I love the rumor mill. The A's aren't going anywhere and if they do it will be Charlotte or Portland. I have no idea where the other cities in the rumor come from. Las Vegas won't give up gambling and the MLB won't allow sports gambling in a state or city with gambling. New Jersey is already in Yankees, Mets and Phillies territory. Are all 3 team going to sign off on this? I doubt it. SO its between 2 places and Oakland. They need a new ballpark and thats the main problem. SO let the people of Oakland wake up and do it already and we could move on with the A's hopefully becoming a competitive team.  

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 9:30 pm

A's future in Oakland uncertain

Just move the A's to Portland and call them the Explorers, Mallards or Lumberjacks. Let Paul Allen & Phil Knight team up and blow up a stadium for the ages---there will be no shortage of ugly uniforms available. No more debates over territory and the Giants will benefit in their attendance.

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:24 pm

A's future in Oakland uncertain

I want to clarify my remarks. I am not opposed to A's in SJ. I just think it is better for baseball, the loyal fans of Oakland and the East Bay and the bay area at large, that they stay in Oakland.

Since: May 4, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 5:00 pm

A's future in Oakland uncertain

While these territorial rights are a bigger deal than people realize; the fact that the Giants were given the San Jose rights primarily as an act of goodwill by A's ownership in the 60's, should not be overlooked when the powers that be make a decision on whether San Jose should be allowed to build the A's a park. The giants should be allowed to keep the rights and the A's should be able to relocate. There is room enough for both. While an A's team in San Jose would potentially steal thousands of future fans that are yet to be born from the Giant's, Giant's fans are extremely loyal and will continue to go to SF as long as they are remotely competitve. And in a shared San Jose situation they should be allowed to keep their high A team which has been extremely popular for Giant's fans for generations. The Athletics are essentially a charter member of MLB(originally an NL club) and have an amazing and important legacy. Ever since Connie Mack's frugality forced them out of Philly they have been treated like a milk cow being squeezed by every ownership they've had; excepting a brief 5 year stint of spending at the end of the Haas' owner ship(before they sold because they couldn't get a new stadium). In the end the powers that be need to let A's fans have their park.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:28 pm

A's future in Oakland uncertain

The Coliseum is an absolute dump. With the A's great tradition, they deserve a home fitting the ballclub. Not that the team is even noticable anymore since this is another group of cheapskate owners looking to milk a franchise into obscurity. Its a sin they didn't invest with the Hudson/Mulder/Zito core and they have been backpedaling ever since.

Since: Mar 16, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:28 pm

A's future in Oakland uncertain

I have been attending Athletics' games since I was 5 years old in 1988. The Coliseum has a rich history and great educated fans that attend games. I absolutely love going to A's games because it is cheap and absolutely a fun family atmosphere. Sure it isn't as great as AT&T park but come on that is a top 3 best venue in the MLB. The Athletics put out a brand of underdog' up and coming ball players. Some years the formula works and most it doesn't. The Athletics have won 4 World Series while in Oakland and have played in 6. They have had very exciting playoff teams in these years in Oakland and generally put out an exciting product. The last 3 years have been slow and pretty bad but generally Oakland is a fun team and fun to go and watch.

I have never not felt safe at Oakland Coliseum. It's a matter of just keeping your mouth shut and not antagonizing idiots in the crowd that are looking for trouble. If people have an issue you can always complain to security or the ushers at each and every entrance instead of shouting back. Guess what there are people who pick fights and say horrible drunk things to people at ALL BALL PARKS!!!! I would prefer a new stadium closer to Oakland but if they move to San Jose then so be it. This whole territory thing with the Giants to me is stupid and pointless. The Giants have their new gorgeous ballpark and should not be complaining that the Athletics might steal their demographic. Giants and Athletics have been sharing space for decades and I don't see the problem now.

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:55 pm

A's future in Oakland uncertain

I live in Santa Cruz and am a huge Giants fan but I always make at least one or two A's games a year. It is the best deal ever!!!!! You can sit right behind home plate for 40 bucks. And on certain wed they have dollar days which are great fun.
 If the A's did move to SJ, there is no doubt I would go to more A's games and less Giant games.
I love having both AL and NL baseball within a few miles of each other. My preference would be for the A's to build a stadium in Jack London overlooking the water so we can see each other from accros the bay. Oakland is a great town and A's fans are some of the most educated and loyal fans in baseball. Oakland MUST keep the A's.

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