City leaders enthusiastically signed off on a resolution supporting the relocation of the A’s baseball team to San Jose at today’s council meeting. “Let’s play ball,” said Councilwoman Rose Herrera. Mayor Chuck Reed pointed out the chances of the A’s moving here are still pretty slim, but that the city is working hard to market itself as the right place for the major league baseball team.
One big obstacle: San Francisco currently has the territorial rights to San Jose. For that to change, baseball commissioner Bud Selig would have to intervene. One big plus: Selig is old college buddies with Lew Wolff, owner of the A’s.
The resolution included a set of negotiating principals, namely that Major League Baseball would be responsible for building the stadium. Also, the team name must include San Jose. “We are doing this to put ourselves in the best situation possible,” Reed said.