Thursday, December 30, 2010

Happy New Year 2011 (The Year of the Decision?)

As 2010 comes to an end San Jose still awaits a decision by Major League Baseball on Santa Clara County territorial rights. It has been 20 months since Commissioner Selig appointed a committee to study the issue and there is still no indication of what they might decide. At Baseball San Jose we are hopeful the new year will bring a decision and that it is in favor of allowing the team to move here. In the meantime, we will celebrate entering 2011 along with the rest of San Jose. Have an enjoyable and safe New Year's Eve.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas from Baseball San Jose

We at Baseball San Jose would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas holiday.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

All for Show?

On Tuesday night, Oakland's city council voted 6 - 2 to spend $750,000 on a study for a 39,000 seat ballpark south of Jack London Square to house the Athletics (Click here for the article). But is Oakland really serious about their plans or, as Baseball San Jose Co-Chair Michael Mulcahy said yesterday on 1590 KLIV, is this just “political posturing?”

It has been over five years since the Athletics were purchased by a group led by Lew Wolff. They spent 2 ½ years looking for sites in Oakland before realizing they had exhausted all their options. After which they pursued options in Fremont, to no avail (read Athletics Nation's recent interview with Lew Wolff here).

So, now its nearly 2011 and San Jose is clearly the most viable option; a solid plan is in place—including financing—and it enjoys broad community, political, and business support. The final obstacle, of course, is the Giants' claim to Santa Clara County's territorial rights (which, when granted in the 1990s, came with no objections from the A's). Yet, only now does Oakland begin to take the A's seriously. Despite their sudden interest, Oakland city council president Jane Brunner was quoted in an article by CBS 5 as saying:

…if the environmental study is approved, the city will spend the money for it only gradually and will halt the study if the A’s and Major League Baseball announce that a new stadium will be built in another city.

That's not exactly a wholehearted endorsement of keeping the A’s in Oakland.

In San Jose, we've wasted no time in pushing forward with efforts to review the economic viability of a downtown baseball stadium and, as a result, have already approved our Environmental Impact Report (EIR). And unlike Oakland, San Jose’s council has consistently voted unanimously to support all stadium issues.

Some residents in Oakland have been very passionate about keeping the A’s, (as much as we in San Jose have been about a move here), so it really shouldn’t be any surprise that their elected officials would finally wake up. But again, unlike Oakland, our elected leaders have been proactive rather than reactive. Don’t be confused by what’s going on in Oakland, it really is nothing more than “smoke and mirrors” intended to appease anxious residents who are desperate to see their leadership take action.

The fact remains that there are very few options available to the Athletics other than San Jose, and if it doesn’t happen here, for fans across the Bay Area this could mean not just a move out of Oakland, but California.

So, enough with the posturing Oakland. Get out of the way, so San Jose can finish the job.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

While Major League Baseball Procrastinates, the Athletics Take Care of Business

The Winter Meetings might have come and gone with still no decision from Major League Baseball on territorial rights, but the business of baseball goes on (along with the agony of San Jose baseball fans) for the Athletics who made two significant additions to their roster this week.

The first was Hideki Matsui, the former New York Yankee and Los Angeles Angel who is expected to be the Athletics designated hitter. The second is former Athletic and fan favorite Rich Harden who could help bolster the bullpen or fill in as the fifth starter.

The A’s also made a trade in early November with the Kansas City Royals for outfielder David DeJesus. In addition the Athletics continue to aggressively pursue Adrian Beltre who they hope can fill their need at third base.

It no doubt has been very difficult for the A’s to make significant additions to their roster over the years given the Coliseum’s reputation for not being a hitter friendly ballpark. However, despite this and contrary to rumblings amongst some fans, the A’s continue to try and build a team that can compete with their rivals in the American League West.

On Tuesday, San Jose Mercury News Columnist Monte Poole wrote about how the A’s are becoming relevant again with their offseason additions. In the article he talks with General Manager Billy Beane who says:

"One of the benefits of having a young team and paring back the last few years is that you'll get to a point where you'll have major league players at low cost and you'll have some flexibility, which is where we're at this year," Beane said. "Is it relative to everybody else, to some of the deals that are out there? No. But for us, it's a little more unique.

“So we have been able to be a little more aggressive. And we still have some of the offseason, so we'll see where it goes. We plan on trying to be aggressive."

So it seems despite one of the lowest payrolls in Major League Baseball and the challenge of exciting fans in the Bay Area who are enamored by the Giants World Series victory, the Athletics will continue the work of assembling a competitive team of their own. Even if they aren’t yet playing in San Jose, we here at Baseball San Jose are excited at the team being assembled for the 2011 season.

Keep up the good work Athletics, and we hope to see you soon throwing your first pitch in San Jose.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Plenty of Game Left

It's been quite a week for all concerned in the A's stadium saga. The roller coaster drama was the result of a baseball blog's unnamed source report which claimed Comissioner Selig's blue ribbon committee was leaning toward choosing Oakland over San Jose. Not surprisingly, boosters on both sides were atwitter with the news that A) the committee was finally ready to issue its findings and B) that it would favor Oakland's eleventh-hour pitch.

The 2010 winter meetings have now come and gone with no official word about the A's next move. And still, no one has been able to substantiate that initial report. For his part, Lew Wolff quickly refuted it, followed by MLB, which said:

Despite reports or speculation to the contrary, Major League Baseball has not completed its study of the Oakland A's stadium matter nor has the Commissioner's Special Committee recommended any sites or territories for the development of a new ballpark for the A's. No date has been determined for the committee to issue its findings.

So, there. The game continues—with plenty left to play.

You're still up to bat, San Jose!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

And May All Your Christmases be Green and Gold

On Sunday, San Jose held its 29th annual Holiday Parade. One of the largest on the West Coast, the parade attracts spectators from all over the Bay Area.

Joining Baseball San Jose in the holiday cheer were A's pitchers Trevor Cahill and Brett Anderson. They stopped by the BSJ booth to sign autographs and greet fans.

The large crowds were another reminder that the South Bay is as much A's country as anything else. And as always, Silicon Valley greeted the Green and Gold warmly. Hopefully, its just a matter of time before we can officially unroll the San Jose A's welcome mat.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Proposed Ballpark Walking Tour

Haven't made it to a walking tour, no worries. Below is a short video tour. Hope you enjoy it.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Oakland's Victory Court Proposal: Not a Purdy Picture

The Mercury's Mark Purdy is unimpressed by the hoo-hah surrounding Oakland's last-ditch effort to keep the A's. The so-called Victory Court site was officially unveiled last night in Oakland—well, sort of. It was really just the first step in initiating an environmental impact report (EIR), which, at the earliest, would be completed in 2012 or 2013.

Purdy, as frustrated as any of us about the glacier-pace at which this whole process has moved, sizes up the cities' competing plans:

Oakland has not even begun an environmental impact report for its ballpark site. 

The San Jose site's EIR has already been completed, revised and certified. 

The proposed Oakland site is not entirely owned by the city and is currently occupied by 16 businesses. All would have to be relocated. This could involve a lengthy eminent domain process and cost millions.

All of the parcels on the San Jose site already are owned by the city's redevelopment agency or are being purchased by that agency -- which, admittedly, is having financial issues. However, Wolff has said that, if necessary, he would loan money to the agency for purchase of the land. He wants to get on with it. 

The proposed Oakland site is tucked away next to Interstate 880 with uncertain parking and traffic issues that could clog roads. The nearest BART stop is five blocks away. 

The San Jose site is literally on the doorstep of Diridon Station with links to light rail, Caltrain and Amtrak. Thousands of parking spots are nearby. The traffic model has already been tested by Sharks games at nearby HP Pavilion.

In San Jose, members of MLB's so-called "blue ribbon panel" have visited San Jose City Hall at least twice in the past two months. They reportedly have been going over the stadium drawings and plans in detail, right down to the height of light poles in relation to the airport's landing path.

Oakland has no detailed ballpark drawings to examine.

The ballpark-naming rights in San Jose have already been negotiated with Cisco Systems, which is eager to see "Cisco Field" built in its hometown.

Oakland has no company publicly stepping up to commit naming-rights money.

Doesn't get any clearer than that, does it?

Of course, overreaching Oakland boosters and lazy reporters have made much noise about the missed March election deadline in San Jose this week. But as we've pointed out, unlike Oakland, this city has its ducks in a row. Just give us the go-ahead, and San Jose is ready to roll.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

April, June, or Whenever

You might have read a story in the Mercury News by Tracy Seipel about it being unlikely there would be a ballpark vote in March since we are still awaiting a decision by Major League Baseball on the territorial rights issue. Like the rest of San Jose, we here at Baseball San Jose are anxious for a decision and while we would like to know sooner rather than later, our efforts to build support has never hinged on an election in March. Whether we like it or not, Bud Selig has a process he wants to work through and there is very little we can do to push him along. While we might be frustrated we will forge ahead in making our case for why the A's in San Jose makes sense and continue building support for an election in April, June or whenever it is a decision is made. Who knows, maybe it will come next week when Major League Baseball meets in Florida for their Winter Meetings.

This Sunday, if you happen to be out at the San Jose Holiday Parade, stop by the Baseball San Jose booth and say hi. From 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Athletics pitchers Brett Anderson and Trevor Cahill will be by to sign autographs, so if our smiling faces aren't enough maybe theirs will be.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving from Baseball San Jose

We here at Baseball San Jose want to wish you all the best this Thanksgiving. We're thankful for the tremendous year we've had, but we're even more grateful for the support the community has shown us. Thank you to all of you who've volunteered your time or demonstrated your support. We're confident our efforts will soon bring the A's to San Jose!

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Ready to Get to Work?

An article this week by the Tribune's Angela Woodall has seemingly whipped the keep-the-A's-in-Oakland crowd into a frenzy. In her November 16th piece, Woodall reports on what's been known for some time, that the city of Oakland has finally decided on a single ballpark site, the so-called Victory Court. The site, overlooking the estuary, is one of the many locations (Jack London Square, 980, etc.) bandied about by Oakland supporters over the past year. Finally, the city is ready to move forward, so it's not surprising that Oaklanders are excited.

As Woodall reports:

Once the [environmental impact] report is completed, Oakland will be neck-and-neck with San Jose, where A's owners Lew Wolff and John Fisher want to relocate the team. A completed report would deprive San Jose of one of its arguments for putting the A's in Santa Clara County. Their battle to move the A's to San Jose is further complicated by the fact that the San Francisco Giants have territorial rights in the South Bay.

Sounds fantastic, right?


  • Woodall fails to mention that an environmental impact report (EIR) typically takes about two years to complete. Oakland, therefore, is looking at 2012, even 2013, to have its report finished. And that's if the process goes smoothly. Those familiar with how Oakland city officials operate know that it is often anything but smooth. And where is San Jose on its own Diridon Station EIR? Well, its long been completed, amended even, and has been available for some time at the SJRDA's ballpark site
  • The article also fails to mention that sources inside MLB have increasingly indicated that a final decision is imminent—possibly within weeks—and that it will favor San Jose. Just how a not-yet-started, two-year long, report positions Oakland so that it is "neck-and-neck" with San Jose is unclear. Is this ultimately an effort by Oakland leaders to save face when the team eventually moves?
  • That "a completed report would deprive San Jose of one of its arguments for putting the A's in Santa Clara County" is untrue. If anything, San Jose boosters welcome the city of Oakland finally committing to a single site. It's one thing to highlight a few sections of a map, it's quite another to commit city resources to formulating a plan. San Jose has done that; Cisco Field has been out there, free for anyone to scrutinize, for months.
  • It is true that the San Francisco Giants hold the territorial rights to Santa Clara County. However, territorial rights are the purview of Commissioner Bud Selig and MLB's team owners, 3/4 of whom must vote in favor of a change in territories. 
While we still agree with Larry Stone that "there is no competition, serious or otherwise, between Oakland and San Jose," we congratulate the city on finally rolling up its sleeves and getting to work. And we look forward to see how the city addresses stadium financing, land acquisitions, neighborhood concerns, and transportation needs, as well as what East Bay corporate support it can garner.  

Better late than never, no?

You're up to bat, San Jose! 

Is a Decision Coming Soon?

This week in Orlando, Major League Baseball held their GM Meetings with general managers and owners. Top on the agenda were discussions around expanding MLB playoffs from 8 teams to 10 and according to reports it seems inevitable that we could see a change by 2012. Now at Baseball San Jose we don’t spend too much time worrying about issues like whether the playoffs should be expanded (even though it seems kind of odd that "The Boys of Summer" already play into November) as we have been listening carefully for a decision on Santa Clara County territorial rights.

While there was no decision made this week, we are hopeful that at the Winter Meetings December 6th – 9th Bud Selig will once and for all end the suspense and reveal his decision. San Jose has been waiting a long time to to learn its fate and our desire for a Major League Baseball team hasn't faltered and in fact continues to grow. What a great early Christmas present it would be if Bud Selig chooses to lift the territorial rights the Giants have over us so that we can go to ballot early next year. This time next year let’s hope that we are giving thanks for San Jose being the future home of the A’s.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Congratulations on a Great Season, San Jose Earthquakes

Unfortunately, the Quakes' thrilling post-season run came to an end in Colorado last night.Though it was a disappointing elimination, the Quakes have every reason to be proud of their work this season. They have firmly reestablished themselves as major players in Major League Soccer, so watch for even bigger seasons ahead.

Speaking of upcoming seasons, Earthquakes (and A's) owner Lew Wolff announced this week that fans should have a new stadium in which to enjoy games by no later 2013. This is exciting news for Bay Area soccer fans, but it also bodes well for our own efforts to build a downtown ballpark. As with the Quakes, bigger seasons lie ahead for the A's—in San Jose.

You're up to bat, San Jose!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

With a Perspective ...

Jeffrey August, writer for Athletics Nation and, just submitted an editorial for KQED Radio's Perspective series. If you're familiar Jeffrey's work on those sites, you know that he's not a San Jose-booster per se—his preference, in fact, is for the team to stay put. Nonetheless, he is an A's loyalist. And as such, he understands the limitations inherent in the team staying in Oakland. This is what makes his particular point of view all the more compelling.

You can listen to his Perspective here, or read it below in its entirety:

Tuesday, Nov 9, 2010 

"Green, Gold, and Blue"
Jeffrey August doesn't share the orange glow of the Giants championship. He's an A's fan.

As an A's fan with many Giants fans among friends and family, the surge of Giants support has me struggling with two trains of thought. First, there is empathy for a lot of people I really like. Second, there is contempt for a group of folks I really don't.

My Uncle Larry has been a Giants fan as long as he can remember. It has always been fun to tease each other about our two teams' performances. He could point out that my team trades away all its good players. I could point out that I had at least experienced a World Series Championship. I guess I don't have that one to throw in his face anymore.

Knowing he and other long-suffering Giants fans are happy to see their team win the big one after 52 years of losing more than makes up for the partial loss of bragging rights. But this brings me to the contempt.
On the local news, a sportscaster proclaimed that the Giants had brought "The Bay Area its first ever World Series Championship." I guess the A's World Series wins in '72, '73, '74 and '89 never happened. This outright ignorance of the A's championship legacy is offensive to a hard core fan like me.

Add to that all this gushing is over a team that would rather see my A's disappear from the Bay Area. That is a fine way to pay back the neighbor that bent over backwards to keep the Giants here when indifference nearly drove the Giants away for good. In the early '90s, when the Giants had all but left for a different Bay Area in Florida, it was A's ownership that agreed to grant them exclusive rights to the South Bay so the Giants could explore all potential local sites for a new stadium.

The current Giants ownership is repaying this favor by blocking the A's from moving south, an effort designed to push them out of the region altogether.

Giants fans, congratulations on your first Bay Area World Series Championship. As you celebrate through the winter, keep in mind that without the generosity of the A's Wally Haas, you would not have had this experience. Now encourage Bill Nuekom and Larry Baer to return the favor to me and my fellow A's fans.

Keep the A's in the Bay Area.

With a Perspective, I'm Jeffrey August.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Baseball San Jose on Comcast Newsmakers Segment

Baseball San Jose Co-Chair Michael Mulcahy talks with Maggie Scura about Baseball San Jose.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Baseball San Jose hanging out at the Winter Tapestry Arts Festival.

What does Baseball San Jose do when things get a little slow at a festival? Record a video and talk about whatever comes to mind. There was no script or preparation, we just pressed record and chatted away. A few minutes after finishing this we were asked to record a segment for Comcast Spotlight TV.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Question Remains

 How will the Giants winning the World Series affect an A's move to San Jose?

That's the question on the minds of A's fans and San Jose-boosters this week. As the ticker tape fell and the champagne poured, A's fans wanted to know how MLB would view the A's coming to Silicon Valley in light of the Giants' new success.

Even as the A's took out this ad in the Chronicle, Bud Selig was characteristically tight lipped. Nonetheless, the Mercury's Tracy Seipel took up the question by posing it to sports industry experts. The consensus: Giants' World Series success could boost chances for A's move to San Jose. As one expert put it, "To the extent that the commissioner's office would be concerned about the Giants' financial well-being if the A's were allowed to move to San Jose ... that concern would by allayed given the success the Giants have had."

Let's hope he's right!

In other news ...

Baseball San Jose got to spend an evening with fans at the Earthquakes' playoff home game at Santa Clara University last weekend. Quakes fans, eager for construction of their own soccer-specific stadium to begin, were no less enthusiastic about bringing the A's to town.

We look forward to meeting even more Quakes fans as the team continues on the road to their third MLS championship.

Meanwhile, in Willow Glen, the Athletics' Stomper recently stopped by for Walk to School Day, a campaign to "encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school." Stomper helped students safely navigate the neighborhood's busy streets on their way to their school.

Finally, former State Senator Don Perata looks poised to become Oakland's next mayor.

You may recall that Perata recently remarked that he didn't think the A’s would stay in Oakland: "We can’t play in this game, putting up the money. We haven’t been smart with our franchises.”

Finally, an Oakland mayor who gets it?

You're up to bat, San Jose!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Did You Feel That?

Congratulations to the San Jose Earthquakes on their decisive win over the New York Red Bulls and their advancement to the Eastern Conference Final!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants

Baseball San Jose would like to congratulate the San Francisco Giants for their historic World Series victory last night. Your playoff run was watched enthusiastically in San Jose and we look forward to our own celebration here. While we won't have a parade through our own streets, we expect the atmosphere in San Jose will be just as boisterous as if we were in San Francisco
celebrating along with you. Despite our geographical distance the hearts and minds of baseball enthusiast in and around San Jose are with you, just as we know your's would be with us. Without a doubt the Bay Area is one in celebrating around its teams no matter whether a fan is from the North, South, West or East Bay. Congratulations and thank you for a year to remember.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

My Visit to the World Series

Wednesday night, I attended Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco. I didn’t have a ticket, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t still a part of the action. In fact, I think I had the best experience outside the stadium, just watching the game on televisions inside bars, restaurants, donut shops—even at a Starbucks, while standing on the sidewalk.

There were people from all around, like Gabe that I met on my train ride, who came up from Merced. Like me, he didn’t have a ticket, but he too wanted to take part in the experience. Listening to conversations on the streets, I heard people say numerous times that the energy they felt was nothing like the last time the Giants played in the World Series in 2002.

The energy could be felt everywhere around the stadium, even for people not watching the game on TV. In McCovey Cove, you could find people on boats, yachts, canoes, and devices I'd never even seen before, just floating about and taking in the experience from the water.

Just beyond the cove, on a grassy area overlooking the third base side upper deck, I found fathers playing catch with their children, people gathered around radios while barbequing, and local news outlets preparing for their nightly broadcasts. It was here that I ran into NBC 11 Sports Director Raj Mathai, prepping his upcoming story.

The excitement that the Giants playing in the World Series has brought to San Francisco is truly palpable. Not surprisingly, orange and black permeated the area around AT&T Park last night. Still, some in the area admitted that they weren’t truly die-hard Giants fans, but found themselves swept up in the excitement. Yet despite this, their passion behind every Giants run was just as real and enthusiastic as the lifelong fans, who’ve for years endured missed opportunities and uneventful seasons. During this World Series, everyone is a die-hard Giants fan.

Now, I make no secret of being a San Francisco Giants fan, which might be a contradiction given
that I work for Baseball San Jose and spend my days trying to build support for an A’s move to San Jose. However, at the end of the day, I consider myself a San Josean and baseball fan first. I know that a Major League Baseball team in San Jose would help further our national identity, boost our local economy, and make Downtown San Jose a destination for baseball fans across Northern California. Now for those naysayers, who might say that I only make these comments because of my affiliation with Baseball San Jose, I say I came to this opinion long before I knew of the role that this organization was playing in the effort to bring the A’s to Silicon Valley. The A’s in San Jose just makes sense. And it has for years.

I have no doubt that, in San Jose we have the greatest sports fans, and that they would embrace a baseball team in the same manner that they did the Sharks, the Earthquakes, and even the Sabercats (yes, they’re coming back starting in January). And wouldn’t it be great to bring the mania currently overtaking San Francisco to Silicon Valley? I, for one, look forward to the day when San Jose might have the opportunity to host its own World Series, so that I can again experience, closer to home this time, what I did in San Francisco on Wednesday.

-Paul Higgins

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat...

Over the weekend, Baseball San Jose braved the erratic weather to spread the word about Major League Baseball in Silicon Valley. On Saturday, we took in the sun as we joined the festivities at the Luthor Burbank Jamboree and Carnival in Midtown. It was fantastic to see the growing excitement for the A's in San Jose. On Sunday, undeterred by the rain, we stopped by Oktoberfest in downtown Campbell. The lager wasn't the only thing making people happy, so too was the idea of future San Jose A's games at Cisco Field.

Continue to look for Baseball San Jose at events around the South Bay. And remember, if you miss us at a local event, fret not. You can always download your very own Baseball San Jose window sign here

You're up to bat, San Jose!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Enough Love to Go Around

Like the rest of the Bay Area, we here at Baseball San Jose have been rooting for the San Francisco Giants in their exciting playoff run. It's always gratifying to see a local team make a national impact, so we are thrilled to see the Giants take their Division Series. Let's hope they're on track to win their first World Series since the New York Giants were the champs in 1954.

As a testament to the widespread popularity of baseball in the Bay Area, Silicon Valleyites, too, are showing their Giants pride. Of course, in Silicon Valley, Giants orange and black has always sat comfortably alongside Athletics green and gold. We know there's always been room for both teams in the South Bay. That's what the Silicon Valley Leadership Group reminded Commissioner Bud Selig of in their recent letter. They point out that their organization is "comprised of both devoted A’s and Giants fans and ... will continue to enthusiastically support both teams ... in a vibrant two team market anchored by San Francisco and the Bay Area’s largest city, San Jose."

Finally, with all this playoff and World Series talk we can't help but imagine what a Silicon Valley World Series, with our own San Jose A's, would be like. No doubt, a state-of-the-art Cisco Field would be a MLB showpiece. Of course, we don't have to imagine what a playoff series would look like in downtown San Jose. If a San Jose A's playoff run looked anything like one of the San Jose Sharks', the city would be in for a boon. Those who've been in a downtown bar or restaurant during Sharks playoff games know the enthusiasm and passion that sweeps over the crowds. And there's no reason to think the A's wouldn't be equally embraced by the city.

Bottom line, whether it's the Giants or the A's in the playoffs or in a World Series, both teams—indeed both regions—benefit. There's more than enough love to go around.

You're up to bat, San Jose!

Friday, October 8, 2010

What would a downtown ballpark do for San Jose?

The San Pedro Square Market's Steve Borkenhagen tells us how a downtown ballpark would positively impact San Jose.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Baseball San Jose at the Spirit of Japantown Festival

This past weekend, Baseball San Jose visited the Spirit of Japantown festival. As we've found at all the events we've attended, San Joseans are overwhelmingly enthusiastic about an A's move to the city.

Festival-goers take in the scope of the proposed Cisco Field.

Everybody was getting into the act.

Plenty of ham on hand at the karaoke stand.

You're up to bat, San Jose!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

This and That ...

With all eyes on the playoff race, it's been a bit quiet on the San Jose ballpark front. Still, a few interesting tidbits have emerged recently:
You're up to bat, San Jose!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

For Good Measure: San Jose City Council Again Approves Resolution to Bring the A's to Town

Buoyed by the recent show of Silicon Valley corporate support, the City Council tonight passed another resolution in support of an A's move to San Jose. The vote was unanimous, though clearly, everyone is getting antsy. Councilman Liccardo, noting that Milwaukee recently erected a statute in honor of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, even jokingly offered to build him a replica in San Jose.

Still, the fact remains that San Jose is admirably positioned to land the A's. Certainly, no other location in the Bay Area can boast such an attractive offer.

You're up to bat, San Jose!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Biz of Baseball: "Oakland's Relocation into the South Bay is an Inevitability"

This week, The Biz of Baseball re-ranked their Top Ten Markets for Relocation or Expansion. In it, they looked at those national and international markets most primed for a Major League Baseball team. In their 2008 analysis, San Jose didn't even rank. However, the story is different in 2010.

Here are their latest rankings:
10. Las Vegas, NV
9. Sacramento, CA
8. Nashville, TN
7. Montreal, QC
6. San Antonio, TX
5. Indianapolis, IN
4. Portland, OR
3. Metro New York City, NY
2. Charlotte, NC
1. San Jose, CA

Of an A's move to San Jose, they say:
The most obvious eventual home for the Oakland Athletics, San Jose is the ideal mix of fans and corporate interests. There is enough benefit for both the league and the club to make this deal a question of when, not if. Whether it is Cisco Field or some other iteration, Oakland's relocation into the South Bay is an inevitability.

You're up to bat, San Jose!

Monday, September 13, 2010

It's a Family Affair

In today's Mercury News, SunPower Corp.'s Tom Werner and Brocade's Mike Kleyko again highlight the broad support that exists in Silicon Valley for an A's move to San Jose:

In unprecedented fashion, business leaders including Cisco's John Chambers, Yahoo!'s Carol Bartz, eBay's John Donahoe, Adobe's Shantanu Narayen and Kleiner Perkins' John Doerr joined us, and 68 others, in signing the letter. While many of us are business competitors, we are community collaborators when it comes to improving the quality of life for our employees and neighbors.

The Silicon Valley Leadership Group's efforts on behalf of bringing MLB to the city should be commended, especially as they've brought together a strong coalition of diverse business interests. And don't forget that in 2009, South Bay cities similarly united behind San Jose's baseball quest. The cities of Mountain View, Gilroy, Cupertino, Los Altos Hills, Morgan Hill, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga each sent resolutions to MLB, urging them to relinquish the Giants' Santa Clara County territorial rights.

So, let there be no question ... Bringing the A's to San Jose, it's a family affair.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Actually, Larry Stone Begs to Differ

Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone has something he wants to get off his chest. He feels compelled to respond to a recent Mercury News article that furthers the myth that the fight for the A's is a horse race between San Jose and Oakland. Stone, an ardent supporter of MLB in San Jose, tells us exclusively just why he begs to differ:

Why are you folks trying to prop-up Oakland? Doug Boxer takes a map of Oakland, colors a couple of sites, and the Merc all but declares serious competition between Oakland and San Jose for the A’s. There is no competition, serious or otherwise, between Oakland and San Jose!

Oakland does not have the corporate or political leadership, financial resources, or fan base to compete. There is competition however, and I believe it is with the “consortium of East Coast lenders” that loaned the Giants $150 million to build Pac Bell Park which opened in April 2000.

Because Oakland has the team, their objective is to create “gridlock,” which means they win, without a viable site, corporate or political leadership, or the financial resources. It’s not unlike the political gridlock in Sacramento or DC.

Take baseball out of the equation. If you were going to open a business, any business, and the financial success of that business was dependent on population, family income, and corporate support. And your location choices were Oakland, Fremont and San Jose. Where would you locate your business?

Larry Stone,
Santa Clara County Assessor

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Silicon Valley Heavyweights Come Out Swinging in Support of MLB in San Jose

On Wednesday, 75 area leaders, led by the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, sent a letter to MLB Comissioner Bud Selig urging his organization to bring the A's to San Jose. The coalition ranges from CEOs to university presidents to newspaper publishers to city leaders; it's an impressive show of support.

Here is the letter in its entirety:

Friday, September 3, 2010

Downtown San Jose Farmers Market

Today Baseball San Jose was at the Downtown San Jose Farmers Market. It was another successful day signing up supporters, distributing window signs and answering questions. Baseball San Jose volunteers John and Gloria Flores brought a lot of energy and we couldn't have done it with out them. Look for us soon at a Farmers Market in your neighborhood.

John and Gloria talking to a supporter.

Gloria explains where the proposed ballpark would be built.

Gloria continues to explain why we need to bring the A's to San Jose.

BAM! GOTCHA! Another Baseball San Jose supporter signs up.

Monday, August 30, 2010

At the Proposed Ballpark Site Walking Tour

About 50-60 people, including several Baseball San Jose supporters, joined the San Jose Redevelopment Agencey for their Proposed Ballpark Site Walking Tour on Monday.

The agency's Dennis Korabiak led the tour, which consisted of updates on not only the ballpark, but the Diridon Station general plan, inlcuding BART and HSR. In short, the city plans to transform the area into a major retail-entertainment center, anchored to the north by HP Pavilion and to the south by Cisco Field.

Tour guests also got to hear from High-Speed Rail Authority board member, Rod Diridon. He made an impromptu pitch for the ambitious vision the city has for the area surrounding the station.

Korabiak led the group to the corner of San Fernando and Autum, which will be the main gate to Cisco Field. It's not much to look at now, but soon it may be the site of a grand plaza welcoming A's fans to the game.

Throughout the tour, Korabiak outlined the general ballpark concept. The agency's focus is on creating a comprehensive ballpark experience for fans, including a realigned Autumn Street, riverside parks, and plenty of new retail.

The tour concluded with a few words from Baseball San Jose co-chair, Michael Mulcahy. In anticipation of a spring ballpark campaign, he urged baseball supporters to get the word out to as many people as possible.

It was interesting to get a peak at the city's grand vision for Diridon. If they come, the A's will have an dynamic new home in a bustling area of downtown. Of course, many things have to happen before that can become reality, but as Michael Mulcahy points out, MLB in San Jose begins with you.

You're up to bat, San Jose!