Monday, June 13, 2011

Peter Gammons Has Something to Say

Last Friday MLB Network Analyst and Hall of Fame Baseball writer Peter Gammons talked to the Murph and Mac Show on KNBR about Athletics issues, including the recent firing of Manager Bob Geren, Billy Beane, payroll and the Coliseum.

On the Coliseum Peter doesn’t have the kindest of words calling it the “Al Davis Dump”. When asked why the Athletics payroll doesn’t reflect their owners (John Fisher) riches, he says,

“Because nobody goes to the ballpark, there are no TV radio rights, and there not going to lose their shirts. The Oakland A’s either have to move or be retraced. They can’t exist in the dump. There’s no chance of succeeding there”.

Retracting the team would be an unfortunate turn of events, not just because the Bay Area would lose one of its cherished professional sports teams, but because Major League Baseball would be severing ties with a franchise that has a lasting connection to MLB's history, having been one of the American Leagues first 8 teams and a 9 time winner of the World Series (3rd most in MLB history).

The Athletics franchise is a testament of perseverance having already survived two moves, from Philadelphia to Kansas City (1955) and then to Oakland (1968). Surely a move 60 miles south within its already existing fanbase couldn't hurt them. Plus, there are plans in place to build a state of the art stadium in the heart of the country's 10th largest city with abundant amenities and a dedicated and loyal fanbase.

We still await a decision from Commissioner Selig on territorial rights, in the meantime, you can listen to Peter Gammons interview by clicking here.

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