On his way out the door as Major League Baseball commissioner, Bud Selig admitted the committee he formed to study the Athletic’s relocation to San Jose was an all-around bust.
Selig told to the San Francisco Chronicle that the three-man advisory group “pretty much disbanded” sometime in the last six years. The comittee never issued a public report and Selig admitted it might have served a different purpose than originally intended. The A’s, of course, remain stalled in the same place they started—the crumbling, sewage-flooded O.co Coliseum.
The admission on the eve of Selig’s retirement proves what most suspected—that MLB’s promise to at least consider allowing the A’s to move to the South Bay amounted to nothing more than a diversion, a long-drawn-out time-suck to give Oakland a chance to get its act together. Of course, that still hasn’t happened.
A setback in San Jose’s antitrust lawsuit against MLB—the recent rejection by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals—was spun as a chance to take the case to a higher court, giving the city renewed hope for some headway. But now, baseball’s new commander in chief, Rob Manfred, says Oakland is and always will be the best option for the struggling A’s.
The Giants continue to win, the A’s continue to suffer and San Jose, with its chunk of prime downtown real estate optimistically reserved for a new ballpark, wiles away in limbo.