You read it here first: The A’s are coming to San Jose. “Lew Wolff knows San Jose. He’s made major investments in our downtown and knows that a ballpark at the right site will be a major boon to San Jose’s downtown and citywide economy.” That’s from a column by Jude Barry, written for SJI four years ago—on Jan. 11, 2005.
In recent weeks, our friend Jude’s prediction has come closer and closer to fruition, and today the A’s may have taken one more step toward a move to the South Bay.
Wolff, the A’s managing partner, issued a press release this morning that reads like a final good-bye to the city the A’s have called home since 1968. “We have fully exhausted our time and resources over the years with the City of Oakland,” the statement reads. “Our attendance and low number of season ticket holders … continues to decline; even when our on-field performance produced play-off participation.”
Gary Radnich, the KRON-TV sportscaster, KNBR-AM talk-show host and San Jose native, speculated on his show this morning that the A’s will be moving to his hometown.
“San Jose is where it’s at,” he said. “If you’re going to do anything in Northern California right now, you’re going to do it in San Jose. Lew Wolff knows that. He’s no dummy.”
Bruce Jenkins, the veteran Chronicle sportswriter, agreed with Radnich that San Jose is the perfect place for the team. He predicted that MLB Commissioner Bed Selig will okay the move, despite a territorial-rights conflict with the San Francisco Giants.
San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed has been pushing hard for such a move. On Thursday, the city council approved a measure placing the issue of a potential Oakland A’s stadium in San Jose on the agenda for its April 7 meeting.
“There are still many hurdles to leap before we’ll see a Major League ballpark in San Jose, including a citywide vote. But things are moving in the right direction” Jude wrote that four years ago. Truer now than ever..