On Friday news broke that Athletics owner Lew Wolff was interested in purchasing two parcels put up for sale by the San Jose Redevelopment Agency in their effort to raise money to complete the land acquisition for a downtown ballpark. The specific parcels are those linked to the Fairmont Hotel, for which Wolff owns: the 440-space garage under the hotel and the hotel’s annex retail area. It seems however that Lew isn’t the only one interested in the land purchase, so we will just have to wait and see. Click here for the full Mercury News story.
In other news, reports surfaced over the weekend that Oakland has more on their mind than just the Athletics. It seems that their Chief of Police Anthony Batts is a finalist for the same position in, yes you guessed it, San Jose. A final decision won’t be made until sometime in February, but could it be Oakland will get “the one-two” courtesy of San Jose should Bud Selig finally come out with a decision?
On the field, the Athletics continue to bolster their pitching staff with the recent acquisitions of Grant Balfour and Brian Fuentes. It seems they are all in for the 2011 season spending money to put together a team able to compete for the American League West title. While they have come up short in signing a big bat, it seems alternatively they will follow the example of their Bay Area rivals the Giants by winning with strong pitching. Given the Coliseums reputation for not being a hitter friendly ballpark, it seems they could have a pretty good season instore.