The East Bay Express is reporting that a Major League Baseball task force will present its findings on the A’s proposed move to San Jose to Commissioner Bud Selig on Monday. The Express reported this afternoon that Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums made the statement during a speech to the Oakland Chambers of Commerce at the Oakland Airport Hilton on Thursday.
Dellums also reportedly said he sent a message to Selig stating that a ballpark in San Jose or Fremont would result in more long-distance trips to games, creating more greenhouse gas emissions.
(The proposed site in San Jose would be next to the Diridon train station and would have a multitude of public transportation options, including Highway 17 Express, DASH, Caltrain, Amtrak, ACE, VTA buses. The proposed extension of BART and the California high-speed rail line will also have stops there, according to current plans.)
The MLB task force is looking at two sites Dellums proposed at Jack London Square, in addition to the NUMMI auto plant in Fremont which is expected to close in April and a site in downtown San Jose.
A’s owner Lew Wolff, a fraternity brother of Selig’s during their time at the University of Wisconsin, declared his interest to move the team to San Jose after plans to build a ballpark in Fremont near Auto Mall Parkway and Interstate 880 fell apart. Wolff moved his interest to San Jose after saying all possible sites in Oakland were unviable.
Wolff already has several ownership interests in San Jose, including the San Jose Earthquakes professional soccer team and the Fairmont Hotel downtown.
The MLB task force was created in March 2009 after Dellums and Oakland Council President Jane Brunner sent a letter to Selig asking him to reconsider keeping the A’s in Oakland.
The San Francisco Giants own territorial rights to Santa Clara County, and a move to San Jose would require approval of three-fourths of the other owners in Major League Baseball.—Tommy Wright