Posted September 25, 2013

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on O.co Coliseum: ‘It’s a pit’

MLB
The A's and Mariners were forced to shower together after a raw sewage leak at Oakland's stadium. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

MLB Commissioner Bud Selig didn’t have kind things to say about Oakland’s home stadium. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

It’s been called a stinker.  And sometimes even worse.

It’s O.co Coliseum, the home of the Oakland Athletics.

A couple of times this season, a sewage problem at the Coliseum flooded the clubhouse level and forced the Athletics to use the shower in the Raiders locker room.

LEMIRE: The Achilles’ heels for each postseason contender

Even MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has chimed in on the decrepit stadium, which was opened in 1966.  He is not even sure when the team will be able to get a new stadium but hopes it will happen by the time he retires.

“It’s a pit,” Selig said on CBS Sports Radio. “It reminds me of old County Stadium and Shea Stadium. We need to deal with that. I’ve had a committee working on it for two or three years, and there’s no question we’re going to have to solve that problem.”

“Look, you have one team that wants to move and the other team doesn’t want them to move, and it’s a very complicated situation. Before I leave, I’m satisfied we’ll work out something.”

“I’m not happy about it. It’s an unfortunate mess. I wish there was an easy solution, but in truth, there is not an easy solution.”


18 comments
godsdog
godsdog

Bud is an absolute joke. His "commission" on getting a new stadium for the A's has been in place for nearly FIVE years. He has been kicking the can down the road because he doesn't have the stones to stand up to powerful owners, in this case the group that owns the Giants.  

Fact is, the A's ownership GAVE the Giants the territorial rights to San Jose in 1992 to help keep them from moving to Florida. Not smart but a generous thing to do as the Bay area is a strong two team market.

Another fact is that a move to S.J. would put the A's more than THREE times further away from San Fran than they are now. I never met anyone who changed team allegiance when another team moved further away from their favorite team.

Any other commissioner would have resolved this one way or the other in about six months. Good bye Buddy (20 years too late) and thanks for NOTHING!

Don't let it hit you in the a** on the way out

 



2001mark
2001mark

The Giants should just let them move to Santa Clara or whatever.  Same with the Raiders.

Sad that 2 of the best franchises A's & Rays have the 2 worst baseball stadiums anywhere.

Stewart3
Stewart3

The old saying is takes one to know one and bud has been the pits for years

dcs1256
dcs1256

Bud is a horse's a$$.  Very easy problem to fix.  Get the Giants and A's in the same room and work out a deal if you need to move.  Can't move, then fix up the stadium.  Take some of the billions that baseball makes every year and put it toward fixing up some of these venues.  And, BTW, Shea was not a pit.  The City of New York took pretty good care of the facility and at least you didn't have to wade through sh$$ to get to your seats.

GoEverywhere
GoEverywhere

Has it taken him this many years to realize it? It's been bad for a long, long time. The Coliseum dates back to the days of multipurpose stadiums, and football doesn't match up well with a baseball configuration. Location is great from a transportation standpoint (BART station, freeway access), but the setting -- an ugly stadium surrounded on all sides by a giant parking lot isn't exactly awe-inspiring. The A's are competing against the Giants and their beautiful park (also easily accessible by public transport), so 2nd rate won't cut it in the Bay Area.

Jeff20
Jeff20

I go to this "pit" all the time. It's fine. Beautiful weather, easy access to both public transportation and freeways, a healthy, safe environment with polite but passionate fans, tickets are cheap. Oh, and did I mention that the team is good, too? The main problem is that the A's owners practically beg the fans to not come. If your wife kept saying you smell bad and she's going to leave you, how excited would you be about sacrificing for an enduring marriage?

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Poor Bud...places like the Colosseum don't have enough sky boxes and other fancy places for elites like Buddy-boy to hide from us unwashed regular fans.

Mike26
Mike26

Bud Selig has no credibility or integrity, as he's lorded over the once most-popular American sport that is now fighting to stay in 3rd place.  His decisions have always had HIS team - the Brewers - first and foremost (they moved to the crowded NL Central from the AL - and then forced an all-time NL team, Houston - to move to the American League while his rival-free Brewers stayed put), and greed second. Why would anyone really care what he said?

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

"I’ve had a committee working on it for two or three years"

Bud, doesn't that suggest something to you?

Chris10
Chris10

get gone already Bud, you destroyed the game enough

Bruce20
Bruce20

Bud has been working on it 3 years and nothing has been done. If he wanted to he

could get the giants to release the san jose area like he did for the nationals. Cant

wait till he retires.

WilyCoyoteSuperGenius
WilyCoyoteSuperGenius

I suggest Bud worry about the stinkers baseball has in the beautiful new stadiums in Miami and Houston. The situation in those cities, especially Miami, is a disgrace to the game. If MLB wants a new stadium in Oakland - let them pay for it. The Roman Colosseum served as an active venue for 500 years.

Charles58
Charles58

@kyyled55 @Bruce20 I hate the Giants. I am so glad they are in last place where they belong. Besides, name one other fricking ballpark where the ushers make you wait to go to your seat while there is a batter in the box. What is this, fricking tennis? The Giants suck.

Cisco Guzman
Cisco Guzman

@kyyled55 @Bruce20

It was originally the A's territory, but when the Giants were having trouble with building a new ballpark in SF the A's owner was kind enough to give him San Jose for free as an option to get a new place. But the giants did build a new park in SF and just kept the territory. The A's deserve to build a privately financed park in San Jose. The Giants are just greedy.