The A’s will close out the month of November without a solution to their current stadium issue. The Athletics currently play in one of baseball’s most outdated stadiums and the team is desperately searching for a new home outside the confines of O.Co Coliseum.
According to A’s owner, Lew Wolff, the team’s only viable option is in San Jose. As most of you are probably aware, since this whole stadium issue has lasted well over two years now, San Jose falls within the San Francisco Giants’ territorial rights.
MLB and commissioner Bud Selig have analyzed Oakland’s stadium proposal for nearly three years now, but haven’t addressed Oakland’s request to relocate to San Jose. The A’s have patiently, yes patiently, been waiting for an answer for nearly three years now.
General manager Billy Beane said back in September that he expected a decision to be made “soon,” but many dismissed the notion of MLB actually taking notice of the small-market Athletics and actually arriving at a decision to allow the team to move.
Beane and the rest of Oakland’s front office has been handcuffed by MLB’s lack of action regarding the team’s quest to move to San Jose. The A’s really can’t put together a long-term plan as they have no clue as to where they’ll be playing in the next few years.
Staying at the Coliseum is not an ideal choice, nor should it be. The NFL’s Oakland Raiders, who share the Coliseum with the A’s, even want out of the Coliseum. The Raiders, however, might actually find a way out of the Coliseum while the A’s continue to wait around for MLB to green light a move to San Jose.
There was some movement in regards to a San Jose site becoming a reality, but the A’s are still far away from actually claiming San Jose their new home. November came and went. The A’s waited and waited and waited…