With the Oakland A’s trailing the Texas Rangers in the AL West race by 7.5 games, it seems likely that the A’s will miss out on a chance to play in the post-season. They’ve had their opportunities, however, to make up some serious ground recently. As an optimist, however, I still hold out hope that the A’s will make a serious late—and I mean late—season run.
But if they don’t catch Texas, however, there’s always next year. The A’s figure to be an even better team next season, especially since their pitching will more than likely continue their growth and maturation next season as well. The A’s currently own an AL best 3.55 ERA. And with some big bats just waiting in the minors (Chris Carter & Michael Taylor, anyone?) the A’s should be a contender heading into next season.
But with all the talent the A’s have been able to put together through their recent rebuilding process, they have not been able to build a suitable stadium to showcase the team’s bright and promising young players. Currently, the A’s play in the Coliseum—also shared by the Oakland Raiders—and that’s not the type of situation the A’s want to be in. The A’s want a place to call home, but until Bud Selig’s special committee presents some useful information, the A’s will have to continue to call the confines of the Coliseum “home.”
It’s not that the Coliseum is some grungy and terrible place, it’s just that it’s not suitable for the small-market A’s. The folks at Stadium Journey have been kind enough to offer their own evaluation on the A’s current stadium, and you can find their review by clicking here.
Stadium Journey also takes a look at the A’s minor-league affiliate, the Double-A Midland RockHounds. CitiBank Stadium is the RockHounds official stadium, and you can find Stadium Journey’s review on the stadium by clicking here.
Regardless of whether or not the A’s make the post-season this season is irrelevant. The important thing is that the team needs a new stadium in order to survive. The A’s have some serious talent on the way, and by the looks of it, Billy Beane may have another “Big Three” on the way in Brett Anderson, Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez. A new stadium is a must for this team right now.
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