Posted December 10, 2013

Report: Bud Selig rejected Oakland A’s proposed move to San Jose

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Bud Selig (Brad Mangin/Getty Images)

Bud Selig was not satisfied with the Athletics’ proposal for a move to San Jose. (Brad Mangin/Getty Images)

MLB commissioner Bud Selig told the Oakland A’s six months ago that they wouldn’t be allowed to move to San Jose, according to a court filing on Friday from MLB attorneys, writes Bill Shaikin in The Los Angeles Times.

The formal notification letter was not included in the filing, but the attorneys wrote that Selig “was not satisfied with the club’s relocation proposal,” and that the rejection was Selig’s “final decision.”

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However, the decision was specific to this proposal and does not mean the A’s won’t be allowed to move at all, a source told Shaikin. Neither A’s managing partner Lew Wolff nor the league would comment on Saturday.

O.co Coliseum has been the Athletics’ home since they moved to Oakland in 1968. They recently agreed to a lease through the 2015 season, which gives them time to persuade Selig — or his successor — to reconsider their plan for relocation.

Wolff had previously said he has no interest in moving the team from the Bay Area.

San Jose is about 40 miles south of Oakland.

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19 comments
William27
William27

Selig and the giants are horses rear gas flaps


the A's should be allowed to play in San Jose

ucla2k3
ucla2k3

Does it matter where the A's play? If they think they can convince the city of San Jose to build them a baseball stadium, let 'em. Isn't the goal of every team to make as much money as possible and win a World Series in the process? Cuz we all know playing for the love of the game went out the window many many years ago.

MMATorchRich
MMATorchRich

The only reason the Giants hold San Jose as a territory is because the A's voluntarily gave up their claim to San Jose when the Giants were threatening to move to Tampa.

JPG
JPG

Selig is absolutely correct with this one.  Oakland, which drew almost 2 million last year just needs a new stadium and not a new city.

ianlinross
ianlinross

Fighting this would have been the perfect retirement job for Al Davis.

Thomas Baker
Thomas Baker

Perhaps it is time for Congress to review MLB's anti trust exemption.

Thomas Baker
Thomas Baker

Another great Selig decision. Mr. Selig allow Pete Rose in the HOF!!!!!!

Old Schoolers
Old Schoolers

Help me out here.  Someone remind what Bud Selig has done to baseball since he's been commissioner.  Oh wait, I remember.  1) Let steroids tear the sport apart.  2) Make the stupidest decision in the history of the sport by having the world series hing on who wins the all-star game.  2) And arbitrarily make decisions like this.  It will be a great day for the sport when he retires!!! 

jshawaii22
jshawaii22

Amazing how much leverage that exemption from Anti-Trust laws gives the MLB.   


js

eddieD
eddieD

@JohnFerguson Um John, not sure where it is you call home but those of us who live in the Bay Area know that San Jose is very much part of it.

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

@JPG They can't get a new stadium and sharing the stadium with the Raiders hurts both teams.

mkmck69
mkmck69

@Thomas Baker Never. Pete agreed to the lifetime ban, now he must live with it. He broke the cardinal rule and then lied about it for years. It's too bad...his play certainly would have him in the HOF, but he blew it.


Besides, if anyone is thinking about letting Rose in, they'd better let Shoeless Joe Jackson in first. He REALLY got screwed.

William27
William27

and he makes about $20 million a year doing this !!!!!!!!!!!

fless_43
fless_43

@Old Schoolers The WIld Card has worked out pretty nicely.  Revenue sharing has helped make the league more competitive.  I enjoy inter-league play.   Attendance and revenue are higher now than it ever has been.  But ya, the guy has done nothing.   

doublejtrain68
doublejtrain68

@mkmck69 @Thomas Baker Pete has done his time, and now it's time to forgive and forget. How many steroid users, drug abusers, wife beaters and such been given second chances? Why Pete hasn't is beyond me. It's personal, even a blind man could see. Shoeless Joe wasn't a very educated man and it's been documented he really didn't take any money. He didn't tank his play in the World Series. His only crime was that he knew about the scandal.