Almost three years since a special committee was formed by Major League Baseball to figure out the best place for the Oakland A’s to play, San Jose continues to wait for a report to be released on whether or not the team should relocate here. But that could change in the coming weeks.
Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane says he expects to hear from MLB Commissioner Bud Selig on a decision “very soon.” Lew Wolff, A’s owner and a long-time real estate developer here in San Jose, says the timeline all comes down to one’s interpretation of “very soon.”
“We hope the term ‘very soon’ is how we interpret very soon,” Wolff recently told the Associated Press. “Sometimes Commissioner Selig’s definition of very soon is different from Billy’s and mine. We think we deserve a decision—even one we don’t like—as soon as possible because it has affected our whole organization. It permeates all the plans. We need to know in our minds where we’re headed.”
In the spring of this year, San Jose city officials grouped together parcels of land to form the Diridon Development Authority, which has been designated for either a stadium or corporate and retail offices adjacent to HP Pavillion. Mayor Chuck Reed has lobbied Selig to make a decision, but there seems to be no rush from the city’s perspective on what to do with the land while the commissioner drags his feet.
But as the A’s continue to wait on word from Selig, the A’s financial future hangs in the balance, which affects many offseason decisions such as retaining players and signing free agents. All of this could affect the look of the team by the time it does (or doesn’t) end up in San Jose.