Monday, March 30, 2009

MLB forms committee to look at A's stadium situation

Go figure, I don't post for a week, and now three in one day (and no, it is not three strikes and I am out). Just had this article sent to me, and thought you would like to see it as well:

Commissioner Bud Selig is putting together a committee to look at the A's stadium situation, saying that the team can't stay in its current situation at the Coliesum forever.

"Lew Wolff and the Oakland ownership group and management have worked very hard to obtain a facility that will allow them to compete into the 21st century," Selig said in a release. "To date they, like the two ownership groups in Oakland before them, have been unsuccessful in those efforts, despite having the significant support of their corporate partner Cisco. The time has come for a thorough analysis of why a stadium deal has not been reached. The A's cannot and will not continue indefinitely in their current situation."


According to the release, the committee will be chaired by Bob Starkey, a stadium expert and financial consultant for Major League Baseball. Corey Busch, a former executive with the Giants, and Irwin Raij, a lawyer with Foley and Lardner who worked extensively on both the Washington and Miami ballpark proposals, will also serve on the committee. MLB president and chief operating officer Bob DuPuy will work with them, and the group will submit a report to Selig.
Most interesting is this update from the above article:
I'm told that Busch has no ties with the current Giants' ownership group and that his Giants' background would have no impact on the territorial issue whatsoever. In fact, there's a feeling that the Giants' current ownership group might not be altogether thrilled that Busch is on this committee. It's safe to say that A's believe he will be objective when it comes to territorial rights.

Whatever happens with the A's bid for a new stadium, there will be questions about the economic climate and if the time is right to get such a project underway, even with private funds.

Bottom line? MLB is getting off the bench and starting to seriously study what will be the best move for the A's, and San Jose is looking pretty good right now folks. Stay tuned as I am sure there is going to be some more information later this week.

Play ball San Jose.


  1. Jacqie-

    Take a look at what our incredible Ms. Boxer has written and note that she did not sign it as a citizen of Oakland but rather as a US Senator that represents all of Northern California. I find it completely unacceptable and feel that she should receive ample doses of San Jose/Silicon Valley supporters who feel that she has more important things to do than advocate one community over another in her role as US Senator from California----I strongly urge you to inform the masses--including all of those on the face book group to send an email to her voicing our displeasure!
    March 31, 2009

    Allan H. (Bud) Selig, Commissioner
    Major League Baseball
    245 Park Avenue, 31st Floor
    New York, NY 10167

    Dear Commissioner Selig:

    I appreciate the announcement you made yesterday that you are forming a committee to review the various proposals regarding the future of the Oakland Athletics. As your committee does its work, I urge you to do everything possible to keep the team in Oakland.

    As you may know, Oakland has recently gone through some difficult times and families there deserve some good news. As someone who splits her time between Washington, DC, southern California and Oakland’s Jack London Square neighborhood, I have seen first hand that Oakland is teeming with new young families and major developments that present endless possibilities. My children learned to love baseball through the Oakland A’s and our family was so fortunate to develop that common bond. We must give a new generation of families that same chance.

    Oakland is witnessing a downtown renaissance, with new residences, restaurants, art galleries and entertainment venues opening weekly. Two new office towers are in development and the Port of Oakland recently announced a private investment of close to $1 billion. Major League Baseball can play a key role in continuing this momentum by working to keep the A’s in Oakland.

    Through their rich history and shared experiences, the identities of the City of Oakland and the Athletics are forever linked. For more than 40 years, the people of Oakland have backed the Athletics during good times and bad. In the 1970s, Oakland celebrated the Athletics’ glorious run of three consecutive World Series victories. And, together, the city of Oakland and the Athletics mourned the devastation caused by the Loma Prieta earthquake that took place during the team’s 1989 championship run.

    Now that the team has ended its consideration of Fremont as a possible home, the time is right to renew the focus on keeping the Athletics in Oakland.

    It is critical that Major League Baseball and the A’s ownership do everything possible to keep the A’s in Oakland and I stand ready to help in any way possible, including attending and setting up meetings for you and the Committee. Please do not hesitate to call me at 202-XXX-XXXX to discuss this issue.

    Barbara Boxer
    United States Senator

  2. I hope the city can pull it off. I am a sceptic though.... To make this happen it will take leadership and vision from the top. These qualities are truly lacking in the city leadership. Take the RDA for example. Harry Mavrogenes, his biggest accomplishment as Redevelopment Director is keeping his job while he sleeps through meetings. Leadership and vision are not his strong suite.

    Good luck to us all. I really truly hope they can get it done. I have my doubts though.

  3. REMEMBER THAT KEEPING THE A's FROM MOVING TO SAN JOSE IS NOT ONLY GOOD FOR OAKLAND, BUT GOOD FOR THE GIANTS TOO!! Let's Go Oakland! is a group of A's fans, business people, labor leaders, and government officials who are committed to keeping the A's in Oakland. But it's about much more than just building a ballpark. As part of a larger plan to build new hotels, restaurants, and cafes, a new destination stadium will attract visitors from all over the region. Like AT&T Park in Mission Bay did for San Francisco, our ballpark will be a catalyst to bring new investment and jobs to Oakland, kick-starting the next phase of our community's successful economic development. If you support Oakland -- if you support the A's -- we hope you'll stand with us. Sign our petition, and urge Major League Baseball and team ownership to keep the A's in Oakland!


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