The stove runs hot in the spring, and a fresh batch of baseball rumors about the Oakland A’s potential move to San Jose came pouring in this past weekend.
Bill Madden, of the New York Daily News, tipped the first domino Saturday by
reporting writing that MLB Commissioner Bud Selig will uphold the San Francisco Giant’s territorial claims over the South Bay, and prevent the Oakland A’s from relocating to San Jose. There aren’t any hard facts to support Madden’s near certainty in the column, but he did quote an anonymous baseball lawyer about the difficulty of owners turning against the Giants and voting in favor of the move. Almost nothing is mentioned about a possible financial compromise between the two clubs.
Rob Neyer examined the validity of Madden’s work, and his lede pretty much says it all. A little less than a year ago we took an exhaustive look at what San Jose has done to make way for the Oakland A’s.
San Francisco Chronicle beat writer Henry Schulman sprung into action to follow up on Madden’s reporting. On Sunday, Schulman reported that Selig’s office says “it is not true that Commissioner Bud Selig and baseball owners have all but decided to uphold the Giants’ territorial rights to San Jose, which would preclude the A’s from going there.”
So where does this leave us? Basically the same place we were on Friday. It’s been three years since Selig formed his committee to study the best places for the A’s to play. And still no word. Clearly, some people are tired of this whole charade, as this uninspired headline from NBC Sports would suggest: “Conflicting reports on the Athletics-San Jose thing.”