By now, the Commissioner of Baseball, Bud Selig, could have, and many say, should have, made a decision as to whether or not the A’s should be permitted to move to San Jose. The A’s ownership group wants to make the move, and San Jose city officials have been working to assemble the land for a new stadium. What’s the hang up?
The hang up, according to San Francisco Chronicle sportswriter Bruce Jenkins, is that the A’s baseball team might not even exist in a few years! “As Major League Baseball prepares for initial talks on a new collective bargaining agreement, there is talk of wiping Oakland off the map.”
“According to a recent New York Daily News report, it would cost each of the 28 teams $25 million in a collective process to buy out Oakland and Tampa Bay.”
According to Jenkins, Baseball has the right to propose contraction, and the players’ union could be appeased by expanding team rosters to 27 players.
“Go ahead,” Jenkins writes, “call it speculation…just know that a high-profile topic among the owners goes something like, ‘How can we get rid of Oakland?’”
San Jose might want to hold off on building that stadium for awhile.